Monday August 13, 2012- The Global Water Center kicked off renovations today with a ceremony attended by Wisconsin Governor, Scott Walker and several local officials. The Milwaukee Water Council begins renovations this week on an innovative water research & business accelerator center, scheduled to open in early 2013. The facility will be a venue for attracting and creating new businesses in the water industry, and will address key local and global water-quality technology and policy issues. The seven-story building, will house the research operations of Badger Meter Inc., A.O. Smith Corp., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s School of Freshwater Sciences among other tenants.
Attendees included: Bob Kraft Chairman and CEO of FirstPathway Partners, Chris Abele Milwaukee County Executive, Johannes Britz Provost and Vice Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Richard Meeusen Co-chair of the Milwaukee Water Council and President of Badger Meter, Paul Jones Co-chair of the Milwaukee Water Council and CEO of A.O. Smith Corporation, and Dean Amhaus Executive Director of the Milwaukee Water Council.
The center will feature common area amenities, including a 50 person lecture hall, exhibition space for new prototypes and, most importantly, high-tech, shared, core facilities. These core facilities, such as a state-of-the-art water flow lab, are critical to supporting the cutting-edge water research and product development activities of the cluster. The facilities will be constructed to provide resources and expertise that are not presently available anywhere else in the world.
FirstPathway Partners is proud to be an investor in this job creating project.