Cross Border Collaboration To Be Discussed At Great Lakes Forum

Cobo Center is Detroit will be buzzing Tuesday as politicians, business leaders and experts from both sides of the border are set to discuss the economic and ecological sustainability of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Region.

The 3rd annual bi-national Great Lakes Economic Forum kicked off Monday night in Windsor with a reception at the Canadian Club Brand Centre.

Dr. Bill Anderson is the Director of the Cross Border Institute at the University of Windsor.

He says this is a great opportunity to promote what our region can offer the U.S.

"It's so important for us to be able to trade together. What's the potential for this region? In particularly, how do the American and the Canadian side of the Great Lakes region, how do they interact in a complimentary fashion and how does that make the future for the Great Lakes brighter?"

Anderson says he hopes water protection is on the top of everyone's mind.

"One of the most important assets of the region are the lakes. The amenities of a place, the things that make a place a pleasant place to live, an attractive place to live have a real economic value and if the Great Lakes are not there and they're not clean to recreate it's going to hurt us economically."

The Great Lakes Economic Forum runs Tuesday and Wednesday at Cobo Center.

AM800's Patty Handysides will be there and will have more on Tuesday's edition of The Afternoon News.