What can become of this Region? What we have is the envy of the world…. And here’s why! •Historically, Great Lakes ushered in the Middle Class with a “Higher Standard of Living” The Ford Rouge Plant Circa 1920’s •Refocusing this area from a Post-Industrial Region to one that is represented more by our Natural Resources and Quality of Life! •The Great Lakes Region represents nearly 1/3 of the National Economy* and more than ½ of Canadian Economy. The Ford Rouge Plant Today * Sea Grant, Michigan; “About the Great Lakes”.