The last international ship of the year just left the Great Lakes. The Dutch vessel dropped off Swedish steel in Cleveland and picked up grain in Duluth.
Many say increasing exports would help get the region and the country out of the recession. The Midwest still makes things. If we're going to be an export economy, how do we get the goods out of the country? Changing Gears is the public media project that looks at the reinvention of our region. It's asking: could we be doing a lot more international trade directly through the Great Lakes? Cleveland reporter Dan Bobkoff has the story.