Wisconsin Water Cluster Growing

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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.

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1st Investor Delegation from SE Asia

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Our Economic Development Team hosted a foreign delegation from Vietnam that represented a large investment hedge fund based in Singapore. This particular group was travelling to the United States representing a broad spectrum of business partnerships and evaluating investment opportunities.   Three major areas of focus included:
  1. Discussions around building new international services around Innovation, Education, and Exchange.   In particular, this group was interested in international exchange services that would facility business networking,  professional & student education, and potential for two-way access to start-ups and technology.
  2. Members of this effort also represented very large scale real estate develops in emerging countries that included both high rise living and resort properties.   They were looking for strategic partnerships to US suppliers and manufacturers in the construction of these large properties due to poor materials sourcing from China.
  3. This group is also supporting a new North American-based global financial platform and was talking with our business partners about integrating this platform under many of the large real estate / campus projects.   This platform supports a broad array of credit card and analytics features on an international scale differentiated from most of the largest platforms today.   It includes aspects of currency exchange and ability to transfer funds under a process model of governance of approvals for control and audibility.   As technology increases the ability to transfer and establish governance models at various levels of society it raises a larger global issue around the movement of capital across national boundaries.   The platforms will ultimately bring new regulation around global cooperation and security but could be certainly disruptive in the mean time.
Upon the delegation returning to Asia we have continued ongoing discussions around these opportunities.