The Council of Great Lakes Industries (CGLI) was formed in 1991 by the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and a group of U.S. and Canadian companies with significant investment in the Great Lakes Region. The mission of CGLI is to promote the economic growth and vitality of the Great Lakes region in harmony with its human and natural resources (sustainable development).
CGLI maintains constructive working relationships with Great Lakes Regional policy bodies, including U.S. and Canadian government agencies and other stakeholders, through coordinated industry engagement on key policy issues. Current (2011) policy issues include:
Working to maintain and support science and risk-based decision making in Great Lakes policy by supporting science-based efforts like the State of the Lakes Ecosystem Conference (SOLEC) program.