(CHICAGO)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today was named to the leadership team of the Conference of Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers, which works to protect the Great Lakes and grow the region’s economy.
During a speech today at the Akron Roundtable, Governor DeWine announced that he will serve as vice chair of the Conference of Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers.
“As Ohioans, we are united in our desire to preserve and protect Lake Erie, one of our greatest natural resources and a true gem,” Governor DeWine said. “Recognizing the importance of the Great Lakes to our state and region, I am pleased to have been named to the leadership team of the Conference of Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers. Together, we can secure a prosperous future for everyone in the region.”
Serving as chair of the conference will be Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers. The two will help lead the governors’ and premiers’ regional work focused on environmental protection, job creation, and economic development.
The Conference of Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers unites the chief executives from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Québec, and Wisconsin. Through the conference, the governors and premiers work as partners to grow the region’s economy and protect the world’s largest system of surface fresh water. The conference builds upon more than 30 years of work by the Council of Great Lakes Governors to encourage and facilitate environmentally responsible economic development.
Mike DeWine has long been an advocate for protecting Lake Erie and the rest of the Great Lakes. As a U.S. Senator, he sponsored legislation and helped secure millions of dollars to protect and clean up the Great Lakes. As Ohio Attorney General, he continued to advocate for their preservation, pushing for action to protect Lake Erie from invasive Asian carp and taking action to ensure the appropriate disposal of dredged material from the Cleveland Harbor.