Two bills boosting industry clusters have stalled at the close of the legislative session, but the Water Council’s leader says the group has still made progress on its goals.

That’s because, Dean Amhaus says, state lawmakers are finally acknowledging the importance of developing Wisconsin’s industry clusters — from water technology to the food and beverage industry.

The approach has long been suggested as the way forward in economic reports such as Be Bold Wisconsin. WEDC and the UW System have made significant strides in the effort, but lawmakers haven’t been as committed until now, Amhaus said.

“They’re actually talking about economic clusters. … So we’ve made major headway forward on this,” Amhaus said in a new interview.

View the full story by