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Governors and Premiers Announce Corporate 100% Fish Pledge, Launch Regional Trees Initiative and Celebrate 40 Years of Collaboration at Summit

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer Tapped to Be Chair in 2024

Press Briefing

U.S. and Canadian officials kick off the 2023 Governors and Premiers Leadership Summit in Cleveland on Oct. 13.

The region’s governors and premiers gathered in Cleveland Oct. 13-15 for its 2023 Leadership Summit that celebrated 40 years of working together through the Conference of Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers (GSGP). They announced the continued expansion of GSGP’s 100% fish initiative with a corporate pledge. They also planted a tree to launch the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Trees Initiative, a regional initiative with a goal of planting 250 million trees by 2033, and other efforts to grow the region’s $6 trillion economy. This initiative builds on the tree-planting goals several Great Lakes St. Lawrence states and provinces have already implemented. 

As Chair and Vice Chair, respectively, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers and Ohio Governor Mike DeWine hosted the Summit and were joined by Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and senior officials representing the other governors and premiers. 

Notable announcements from the Summit include: 

  • Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer being selected to serve as the next GSGP chair, starting in January 2024.
  • Quebec being named as the location for the 2025 Leadership Summit.
  • Fourteen companies signing a pledge committing to productively using 100% of each commercially caught fish by 2025.
  • Committing to planting 250 million trees in the region by 2033.
  • Launching the Great Lakes Green Events program that encourages organizations hosting gatherings to increase their sustainability. 
  • Celebrating another strong Great Lakes cruise season, including announcing 170,000 cruise passenger traffic, up 13% from last season, 800 port visits generating an estimated US$235 million in economic impact across the international Great Lakes.
  • Releasing three reports aimed at accelerating the decarbonization of the region’s commercial shipping, including a regional strategy exploring future energy options for shipping partners; strategies to use biofuels to achieve regional emissions reduction goals; an annual report on ship emissions in the Great Lakes St. Lawrence
  • Announcing three trade missions: Rebuild Ukraine Exhibition and Poland, Vietnam and the Philippines and Brazil and Chile.
  • Celebrating 40 years of the organization with a special video from two former governors who helped found the organization: James Blanchard from Michigan and Richard Celeste from Ohio. 
  • Adopting a resolution regarding lead that calls for continued collaboration to develop best practices and identify future funding and support needs. 
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Reliving History With a Heart-Pounding Twist: NYC’s ‘Lunch atop a Skyscraper’ Goes Thrillingly Safe at 30 Rockefeller Plaza

'The Beam' Ride Takes Safety to New Heights With the Help of McLaren Engineering Group

Reliving History With a Heart-Pounding Twist: NYC’s ‘Lunch atop a Skyscraper’ Goes Thrillingly Safe at 30 Rockefeller Plaza
'The Beam' at 30 Rockefeller

Visitors can now safely relive the thrilling 'Lunch atop a Skyscraper' in a new photo op experience in NYC.

Decades before OSHA or the implementation of stringent safety regulations, a daring group of workers perched over the streets of Manhattan on a steel beam during the construction of the 66-story, 850-foot-tall Rockefeller Center, enjoying their lunch with no harnesses or fall protection. Now, 91 years later, visitors to the site can relive that heart-pounding moment in history, but with a crucial difference — they can do so in an era marked by strict safety standards, advanced protective gear, and innovative engineering solutions designed to safeguard workers and the general public.

"The Beam" at 30 Rockefeller Plaza is a new immersive attraction that brings the iconic "Lunch atop a Skyscraper" photograph to life. Riders are securely fastened atop a replica construction beam before being lifted 10+ feet above the Observation Deck. They are then turned 180 degrees to take in unparalleled views of NYC before being rotated back for a photo opportunity and lowered down.

Ensuring the utmost safety of this exhilarating experience, McLaren Engineering Group’s Entertainment Division, which has been taking engineering excellence to new heights throughout the entertainment world, served as safety consultants on the ride. The company completed a comprehensive peer review of the amusement’s design, meticulously examining all calculations and documentation for the project through the lens of safety. The attraction was subjected to rigorous scrutiny to confirm conformance with ASTM standards relevant to amusement rides (ASTM F1193, ASTM F2291, ASTM F770) and the elevator chapter of the Rules of the City of New York (RCNY 3005).

"ASTM standards for reviewing amusement rides are comprehensive, covering all aspects of ride safety and include stringent testing requirements to simulate various operating conditions," emphasized Steve Bonadonna, Principal of McLaren’s Entertainment Division. "Enacted to ensure rider safety, ASTM standards assess various critical aspects of a ride's safety and performance, including structural integrity, mechanical and electrical systems, ride operation, emergency procedures, rider restraint systems, load capacity, environmental factors, and compliance verification."

Prior to installing "The Beam," Bonadonna personally attended FAT (Factory Acceptance Testing) in Italy to ensure that the attraction met design specifications, quality standards, and regulatory requirements. Additionally, he was present during a part of the SAT (Site Acceptance Test) to ensure that the installed equipment functioned correctly in its real-world environment and site-specific conditions.

"Continuous monitoring through regular inspections and maintenance ensures that rides maintain their safety standards throughout their operational life," Bonadonna continued. "Working closely with the owner, operators, designers, and fabricators throughout the process, our oversight of 'The Beam' from concept to completion ensures the experience brings riders the thrill of the inspirational photo while being functionally designed to adhere to strict safety regulations."

Contact Information:
Denisa Moss-Heitlager
VP Marketing
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Original Source: Reliving History With a Heart-Pounding Twist: NYC's 'Lunch atop a Skyscraper' Goes Thrillingly Safe at 30 Rockefeller Plaza
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