Voice of Mayors

Mayor Spebar of Whiting Joins the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative

Chicago, IL – February 20, 2024 – The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative is pleased to welcome Mayor Steve Spebar of Whiting, IN to its growing coalition of more than 250 mayors and top elected local leaders working to advance the environmental, economic, and social health of communities… Read More

Lakeshore mayor joins Great Lakes initiative

Windsor | News – October 25, 2023 by:  Mark Brown – The mayor of Lakeshore has been named to a group of elected officials working on Great Lakes sustainability issues.  Read article.

Ontario mayor calls for coordinated action on coastal resilience from province, feds

ONTARIO, CBC News – September 5, 2023 – Tecumseh Mayor Gary McNamara wants to see upper levels of government launch a coastal resiliency study for the Great Lakes.  A southwestern Ontario mayor says the provincial and federal governments need to follow in the footsteps of the United States and initiate… Read More

New federal money helps Duluth tackle water issues, mayor says

By:  Star Tribune – DULUTH — Duluth Mayor Emily Larson wants to make the most of the billions of dollars Minnesota is expected to get to address water infrastructure and other issues as part of the new federal money headed to the state.  Read the article.

Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to provide Wisconsin with $1 Billion in needed resilience, water equity and infrastructure assistance

CHICAGO – Wisconsin will see $1 billion in water infrastructure, resiliency and water equity funding, as part of the historic Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the largest long-term investment in U.S. infrastructure in nearly a century.  Read article.

Coalition of cities, states, tribes, business, industry and conservation organizations release joint priorities for the Great Lakes

Ahead of Great Lakes Day this week in Washington D.C., a coalition representing business, industry and environmental groups and cities, states, and tribes released joint priorities for sustaining Great Lakes restoration and economic revitalization. The coalition presented a joint agenda for the lakes, which serve as the source of drinking… Read More

Cities Initiative Statement on Trump Administration’s Proposed Cuts to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative (Cities Initiative), a coalition of mayors from over 130 cities across the basin representing over 17 million people, expresses deep concern over the Trump Administration’s proposed budget cuts to key Great Lakes funding programs. On Monday, the White House released its $4.4… Read More

Mayors Reiterate Support for Great-Lakes-St. Lawrence Biosphere, UNESCO

In June of 2017, the more than 130 member mayors of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative called on the US and Canadian federal governments to work together to designate the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence River and Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.  The… Read More

Mayors and Governors Reach Agreement to Improve Water Diversion Application Process

The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative (Cities Initiative) announced today it is settling its challenge to the Waukesha Diversion Approval with an agreement to collaborate on improving the review of water diversion applications in the future. The agreement between the Cities Initiative and the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River… Read More

Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Cities Initiative Mayors Mobilize over Great Lakes Restoration and Climate Change

Member mayors of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative met at their annual meeting and conference, hosted by outgoing Chair Mayor Denis Coderre, in Montreal. “This has been a very busy year. The Trump administration backed out of cutting the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative for the remainder of… Read More