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The Case for the Cross-Border Region

Recognizing a need for formal cooperation between the regions in the middle of North America, the author of this article calls for a North American Central Economic Region.

"The similarities and geographic proximity of the provincial and state economies of this region create a conjunction of common interests and possibilities for economic growth. For example, Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario have abundant hydroelectric resources and would benefit from increased exports to meet growing American power needs. Given current trends in energy prices, NACER has the potential to be a 21st century energy export giant rooted in agricultural and forest bio-fuels and hydro-electricity. In particular, the potential of Northwestern Ontario as a forest bio-refining energy center and hydro-electric producer would be enhanced by sharing of expertise with Manitoba and Minnesota."

"This economic region requires a sense of common vision in order to grow and prosper during the 21st century. Leaders in this region need to facilitate cross-border commerce and activity in the areas of cross-border employment and business opportunities, better relationships between producers and suppliers, improving cross-border transportation infrastructure, cross-border environmental and nature conservation, and tourism promotion. At the very least, a regular regional forum between Chambers of Commerce and political leaders to examine common economic problems and solutions would be a worthwhile endeavor."

Full Story: A Grand Alliance: Fostering a North American Central Economic Region

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