16 Oct 2013
Milwaukee Launches Global Water Center
A confluence of industry, academia, and government expertise and resources
Spurred by the close research and business development work between the Milwaukee region’s water technology businesses and academia, The Water Council has created a water research & business accelerator center in Walker’s Point neighborhood of Milwaukee, USA.
The Global Water Center celebrated it’s grand opening on September 12, 2013. The launch attracted hundreds of leaders from across the Milwaukee community and included addresses from Wisconsin State Governor, Scott Walker, Water Council co-founding CEOs, Paul Jones and Rich Meeusem, Milwaukee Mayor, Tom Barrett, Mike Lovell, Chancellor, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Julia Taylor, President of the Great Milwaukee Council and Dave Gilbert, President of UW-Milwaukee Real Estate Foundation, amongst others.
The Center houses water-related research facilities for universities, existing water-related companies and accelerator space for new, emerging water-related companies. The facility is a venue for attracting and creating new businesses in the water industry, and aims to address key local and global water-quality, technology and policy issues.
This building’s redevelopment also serves as a catalyst for the development of the Reed Street Yards which have been designated by the city of Milwaukee as a water technology research park and will serve as a global showcase for water management.
The Global Water Center is aptly described as a confluence of industry, academia, and government expertise and resources which provides leading-edge technology and solutions necessary to succeed in the world water marketplace.
As an Innovating City with the UN Global Compact Cities Programme, Milwaukee continues to show world leadership in cross-sectoral collaboration, modelling the effectiveness of bringing leaders together from across the community coalesce expertise and resources and work towards a common vision and goal.
UNGCCP Director, Professor Paul James delivered the closing address of the launch and commended all on their leadership, particularly Water Council Executive Director, Dean Amhauss, for in his expertise in bringing people together and shaping a common purpose to these collaborative efforts to coalesce the regional expertise on water, and in turn, contributing considerably to the region’s economic rejuvenation.
Milwaukee has gone from strength to strength over recent years; winning both the America Water Prize and an IBM Smart Cities Award in 2011.