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A GLOBAL EPICENTER OF FRESHWATER INNOVATION

With more than 150 water technology companies, Milwaukee’s industry totals $10.5 billion, accounting for 4% of the global market and is Wisconsin’s second largest exporter. Not resting on this global strength, industry and governments are investing significantly on Milwaukee’s water business real estate development and an expansion of broad-based, leading research and development programs that will expand Milwaukee’s position as a world water hub.

In 2009, Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s largest city, was designated a U.N. Global Compact City, still only one of only 14 such cities worldwide. The Cities Programme focuses on connecting all stages of government, business and civil society to enhance sustainability, resilience, diversity and adaptation within cities and in the face of complex urban challenges. It was a great honor for the city to receive this designation.

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A PRIME EXAMPLE

The Water Council has become a model for successful public private partnerships, hosting government representatives from around the world, all looking to learn how The Water Council accomplished what it has thus far, and how they can adopt our innovative approaches to their respective regions. In April 2015, The Water Council and the Global Water Center were featured stops during the Economic Development Administration’s 3rd Annual America’s Competitiveness Exchange that brought nearly 100 economic development professionals from Central and South America to Milwaukee, specifically to learn about what we are doing here regarding water.

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Connecting to solution providers

The Water Council has worked diligently with local, national and international partners to establish connections between those companies, organizations and governments that have a specific need, with the solution providers that exist within our vast water technology network. The opening of the Global Water Center in 2013, sparked increased interest in international buyer delegations that were eager to not only tour the cornerstone of the water technology cluster, but set-up strategic B2B meetings while at the Center.

To date, The Water Council has hosted a broad range of government and business entities from across the world. Since the opening of the Global Water Center, representatives from over 60 countries have toured the facility.

Contact Karen Frost, VP of Business Development, at kfrost@thewatercouncil.com for more information.

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