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
- Ocean Supercluster (based in Atlantic Canada)
- SCALE.AI Supercluster (based in Quebec)
- Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster (based in Ontario)
- Protein Industries Supercluster (based in the Prairies)
- Digital Technology Supercluster (based in British Columbia)
Together the superclusters represent more than 450 businesses, 60 post-secondary institutions and 180 other participants in sectors covering 78 percent of Canada’s economy.
Canada is demonstrating a commitment to growing its economy and creating middle-class jobs for its citizens by moving forward with an Innovation Superclusters Initiative. The initiative will leverage a federal investment of up to $759 million (CAN$950 million) to generate public-private partnerships in innovative industries across the country.
- Artificial Intelligence-powered Supply Chains Supercluster; Quebec
- Building an Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster for Canada; Ontario
- Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster; British Columbia
- Clean, Low-energy, Effective, Engaged and Remediated (CLEER) Supercluster: Powering Clean Growth Through Mining Innovation; Ontario, with Quebec and British Columbia
- Mobility Systems and Technologies for the 21st Century (MOST21) Supercluster; Quebec, with Ontario, British Columbia and Atlantic Canada
- Ocean Supercluster; Atlantic Canada
- Protein Innovations Canada (PIC) Supercluster: Unleashing the Potential of Canadian Crops; Saskatchewan
- Smart Agri-food Supercluster; Alberta
- Smart, Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure (SSRI) Supercluster; Alberta
Wisconsin’s water cluster initiative continues to attract companies from across the nation and world to participate in their innovation and education centers, the growing network of ecosystem development and their growing brand of industry leadership.
A recent example of attraction comes from Austrialia and south east Asia. With its head office located in Sydney, Australia, a sales and operations office based in Singapore and a contract assembly hub in Shanghai, China, the BioGill team knew it was time for a U.S. office to be established.
In January of 2017 the company established BioGill North America Inc., and in July opened its Milwaukee office within the Global Water Center, employing Annie Weidert as Regional Manager for the Americas. In October BioGill exhibited at WEFTEC, along with The Water Council, in Chicago. After the company delivered a technical paper at the event there was a tsunami of interest in the technology, which has led to the expansion of its U.S. team by adding a second full-time employee in January 2018.
“One of my beliefs in business is that one plus one should equal three. To successfully scale up in business, you need to look for ways to value add, leverage and network. And that’s what the water hub in Milwaukee has delivered to us. We’re plugging into an influential and well- established industry network, helping us to make better informed decisions as we grow our client base in the U.S.” – Paul Hatten / CEO BioGill
“We looked at many locations and states for our U.S. operation, but Milwaukee and Wisconsin best suited our needs,” said Paul Hatten. “While we have many sites and proven projects around the world, the U.S. is a relatively new market for us. The Water Council has proven to be a powerhouse of knowledge, contacts and advice. In the end, it was an easy decision and made perfect business sense to locate in Milwaukee.”
Source: The Water Council
Wisconsin continues to lead in the US in terms of cluster development and building a global brand for industry leadership. They have already launched over 6 cluster initiative in varying cities across the state but have the infrastructure and operational models to continue to move into more emerging industries faster than states that have no vision for cluster development and the regional advantage and attraction it creates.
I attended the SSTi webinar featuring several speakers from leading cities that are successful driving industry based clusters initiatives. This webinar discussed how they launched their initiatives and the benefits to the region they are already realizing. It was also clear that the success has reached an international level of industry recognition, corporate participation an investment.
- Dean Amhaus, president and CEO, The WisconsinWater Council
- Vijay Chauhan, St. Louis-based project lead, Global STL
- Donn Rubin, president and CEO, BioSTL, and founder of Global STL
The Minnesota Department of Economic Development hosted the first open IOT meeting to discuss the state’s future in the IOT industry. A wide and diverse group of stakeholders attended this event that offered discussion around the state assets and activities in the many aspects of the IOT industry. As of the time of the meeting, it was suggested that Minnesota currently holds a lead over most states in the IOT space. This is based on the level of activity featuring over 3000+ identified companies working in IOT infrastructure or implementing significant IOT solutions into their current business operations. While IOT represents many layers of technology and design it is still built on connected systems architectures that have been around for many years. Several of the systems integrators spoke to decades of experience in these spaces and that they are serving global clients in new IOT solutions. Currently, Minnesota is also a leader in hosting Industry events, like IOT Fuse, that attracts attendees from far outside of Minnesota.
The conversation also covered other areas of the United States that are now putting the focus on cultivating IOT industry and workforce. International examples looked at the IOT clusters in Germany where also discussed the need to Minnesota to actively develop a regional strategy to capitalize on our current lead in the field. Cluster development is growing in size and investment across the globe. Minnesota has been slow to create a vision of the future for the state’s industries much less a play for new emerging industries. While the state is rich in all forms of assets, the leadership to develop a shared vision is still an opportunity waiting to happen for the region.
See event photos in the gallery