Last week, NEMWI welcomed former Representative Steve LaTourette as the new Chair of NEMWI's Board of Directors. NEMWI announced the appointment at its annual "Reception for the Northeast-Midwest Region," a celebration of the extraordinary Northeast-Midwest region and the bipartisan Congressional and Senate Coalitions that come together on its behalf. Prior to retiring from office last year, Steve LaTourette was the Republican Co-Chair of the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition. On accepting this new leadership role, Mr. LaTourette said, "The only way to truly solve nagging rust-belt problems, like job loss, decaying transportation and water infrastructure, and environmental degradation is through bi-partisan and regional collaboration. My first order of business will be to find a Democratic partner, hopefully a former State executive office-holder from the region, to join me in leading the Institute."