Elements Group attended the 2018 Global Water Leaders Summit in Milwaukee Wisconsin. The two day event brought in representatives from around the world to collaborate and share technology advancements, global initiatives, and to develop partnerships.
Milwaukee, like many cities, has felt the strain of economic pressures on its industries and communities. It began to explore what it needed to do to reposition itself as a leader in the water industry. A large section of the downtown area was targeted for revitalization and branding to the water district. A walking tour of Milwaukee’s Riverwalk System was now a mixture of modernized historic buildings and new construction complete with greenways. Along the path where public displays of water technology.
The Global Water Center is the headquarters for the initiative and is a 8 story building in the heart of the water district. A new school of fresh water science is also a new addition. We toured the water center seeing companies, start-ups, and universities all residing within. The center is complete with many labs where cutting edge projects are underway, as well as, partnerships and sponsor ships that surround them.
Zurn industries has a new building close to the water center and we toured their customer experience center. From the roof top of the build we where able to look around in all directions to see the breadth of the revitalization project.
The summit itself was hosted at the near by Harley Davidson event center. Noted speakers and topics included:
Chairman & CEO of Badger Meter Rich Meeusen
Guest of Honor WI Lieutenant Governor – Rebecca Kleefisch
Video Senator Ron Johnson
Video Senator Tammy Baldwin
Mayor Tom Barrett
Water Environment Federation
Big Oil & Water
Adoption of the Alliance for Water Stewardship Standards
At the event center was a large array of technology companies and start-ups showcase their wares and connecting with representatives globally.
We also got to tour the Harley Davidson Museum in the off hours of the conference.
While most North American cluster development initiatives trail far behind other global examples. This summit shown light on a positive begin to such ambitions and can be studied as a template for how other cities could begin such a journey.
See more images from the event in the gallery.