Water Council celebrates 15 years of impact

Water Council celebrates 15 years of impact

MILWAUKEE, WIS. The Water Council, a global water technology hub sprung from the water industry assets of the greater Milwaukee region, is celebrating its 15th anniversary of action, economic development, and global impact. In this video founding president and CEO Dean Amhaus remarks on Water Council history, major milestones and future. In so doing he gives a nod to the foundational Milwaukee 7 economic asset analysis done by the Vandewalle & Associates team.

“It is very hard to imagine that it has been 15 years since The Water Council became an official organization,” Amhaus said. “I can still distinctly remember two years earlier sitting next to Julia Taylor as we listened to a larger presentation by Rob Gottschalk from Vandewalle & Associates as he described their discovery of the Milwaukee region’s hidden water technology cluster. As Rob wrapped up his presentation as we wondered whether we could do anything with this information.

Amhaus continued, “It was a short time later that Rich Meeusen, then CEO of Badger Meter, and Paul W. Jones, then CEO of A. O. Smith Corporation, came to Julia with their own identical discovery of Milwaukee’s tremendous gem.

“From that point we combined forces and, as they say, the rest is history.

“Over that time case studies have been written by Harvard Business School and The Brookings Institution on how The Water Council came about becoming a successful economic cluster.”

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