A Year In Review

A Year In Review

Co-Chair Message

Message from Our Co-Chairs

2015 was a significant defining point for The Water Council. The concentration of knowledge and expertise comprised of over 200 water technology companies and 20 academic institutions with water-based curriculum, and the unique spirit of collaboration in Wisconsin has positioned us as the world's water technology center of excellence.

From the announcement of a 2nd Global Water Center, and relocation of Zurn Industries' global headquarters to Milwaukee; to the development of new technology that detects the age of drinking water at the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, and an expanded Water Law & Policy Initiative at Marquette University, Milwaukee's World Water Hub has achieved many great successes.

To help our network continue to connect, we launched the world's 1st Global Water Port creating an online, globally-focused research and collaboration platform to enhance connectivity between individuals and companies seeking innovative solutions with the highest impact to address the planet's water-related challenges.

"Milwaukee – This is a town that understands water."

The Buffalo News, September 2015

From severe droughts and flooding, to water security and aging infrastructure risks, the world needs innovative solutions. It is now time to push harder on the proven approach of cluster development, and strategically expand our efforts to improve water-related conditions around the world.

We've had an exceptional year with rapid movement thanks to our members, global partners, financial supporters and staff.

What does 2016 have in store? Policy. Growing our national and global footprint. Demonstration sites for testing new innovations. Creating opportunity for small water technology businesses. Attracting companies to Milwaukee.

Rich Meeusen, Co-Chair

Water Council Co-Chair
Badger Meter, Inc

Paul Jones, Co-Chair

Water Council Co-Chair
Retired Chairman
A. O. Smith Corporation


Grants & Contracts $1,600,373
Global Water Center 706,523
Membership 257,399
Water Summit 233,510
Contributions 47,340
Other 17,113
Total Revenue $2,862,258


Programs $1,921,109
Global Water Center 699,732
Operations 426,269
Water Summit 79,053
Marketing 60,701
Total Expense $3,186,864

The charts above provide unaudited financial information as of December 31, 2015. The excess of expenses over revenue is due to the planned use of restricted funds recognized as revenue in 2014. The use of these funds added approximately $394,000 in expenses in 2015.

By The Numbers


$5 Million

Water Seed Fund initiated to invest in early stage water companies through the U.S. Commerce Department’s Regional Innovation Strategies Program


North America's 1st

3 training workshops by the Alliance for Water Stewardship-North America held in Arizona, California, and Illinois where 29 companies and 45 individuals completed training for utilizing the International Water Stewardship Standard


8 New Initiatives Launched To Help You Excel

  • Alliance for Water Stewardship-North America
  • BREW Corporate
  • Global Water Center II
  • Global Water Port
  • Pilot Deployment Program
  • Small Business Channel
  • Water Seed Fund
  • Water Venture Investment Conference

Over 180

Member organizations in our global network


$211.6 Million

in total investment in the Milwaukee Water Technology District since 2010


62 stories

about TWC in the media, averaging 5 per month


6 Years

since we became an official 501(c)(3) organization


47 countries

spanning 5 continents visited our World Water Hub

$14 million

$14 million Zurn global headquarters

Zurn Industries’ Global Headquarters (an affiliate of Rexnord Corporation) announced their relocation to Milwaukee and began construction in the Reed Street Yards Water Tech Park



in self-reported, funding (royalty-based, equity, debt financing and grants) raised by startup portfolio companies located in the Global Water Center

408,600 ft2 - 37,960 m2

408,600 ft2 - 37,960 m2

of R&D and office space dedicated to water innovation in the Milwaukee Water Technology District including University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences, Zurn Industries’ Headquarters, and Global Water Center I & II

26 New Classifications

were determined by TWC as qualified industry parameters of what a ‘water technology company’ is

1 new, stellar website

giving you 24-7 access to current news and events

2 Economic Development Honors

TWC received the SSTI Excellence in Technology-Based Economic Development national award “Improving the Competitiveness for Existing Industry” and the Wisconsin Economic Development Association award for “Expanding Sector – Advancing Wisconsin’s Position in the World Marketplace”

3 new startups

added to our accelerator each round thanks to corporate partners like Veolia

1st ever

Water Venture Investment Conference held during WEFTEC, bringing together 120+ investment professionals and entrepreneurs to examine the untapped potential in water investment

50 small businesses

participated in 16 programs dedicated to small business development in the water tech industry

14 projects

funded with $650,000 through the Water Equipment & Policy Research Center, which has generated funds totalling $7.57 million since being founded in 2010

Over 2,000

K-12 students in the Milwaukee region exposed to opportunities in water through TWC

3 pilot sites

launched plus new funding announced to help move working prototypes out of the lab with financial support from Wells Fargo, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, and Fund for Lake Michigan

17 water tech startups

have offices in the Global Water Center with additional space opening in 2017 in Global Water Center II

19 regions

contacted TWC to learn how to develop a successful public-private partnership around water in their region

37 expert speakers

and over 350 water professionals attended our 8th annual Water Summit

24 Presentations

given by TWC staff at global conferences to create awareness of our membership’s strengths

227 Tours

of the Global Water Center given to students and inquiring organizations from around the world

Over 60

events and programs developed and carried out for TWC Members to help expand networks

21 partners

including our 4 new partners in 2015: Daegu Metropolitan City, Korea Water Forum, Catholic Relief Services, and U.S. Water Partnership



Learn more about our Board of Directors and Staff here.


Rich Meeusen

Badger Meter, Inc.

Paul Jones

Retired Chairman
A. O. Smith Corporation

Julia Taylor

Greater Milwaukee Committee


Todd Adams

President & CEO

Kirk Allen

President & CEO
Sloan Valve Company

Dan Bader

Helen Bader Foundation, Inc.

Tom Barrett

City of Milwaukee

Steve Booth

President & CEO
Robert W. Baird & Company, Inc.

Preston Cole

Wisconsin Natural Resources Board

Glen Daigger

One Water Solutions LLC

Gary Grunau

Grucon Group

Mary Jean Huston

State Director
The Nature Conservancy

Dennis Klein

CD Smith Construction

Michael R. Lovell

Marquette University

John Matthews

Matthews Strategic Services, LLC

Mark Mone

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

David Ryder

Vice President, Brewing & Research

Kevin Shafer

Executive Director
Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District

Jim Stern

Executive Vice President
A. O. Smith Corporation

Lee Swindall

Vice President of Business and Industry Development
Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

Dean Amhaus

President & CEO
The Water Council