Senator Tammy Baldwin visited the Global Water Center on April 2 to learn more about how The Water Council is building a model of collaboration between industry and academia that is resulting in economic development in Wisconsin. Senator Baldwin has a record of working to secure domestic jobs and promoting growth in Wisconsin.
Senator Baldwin’s visit demonstrates the bipartisan support received by The Water Council and the Global Water Center. “This has the potential to spur a lot of innovation because of the partnership between the universities, private industry, small and large-scale industry in the area,” Said Senator Baldwin. “We can become a hub for freshwater research as well as an innovation hub for new industry and new entrepreneurs.”
Senator Baldwin took time to talk with local industry and university leaders about how efforts by Water Council members are building a “made in Wisconsin economy.” In March 2013, The White House announced a proposal for a National Network for Manufacturing Innovation that would serve as regional “hubs of manufacturing excellence that will help to make our manufacturers more competitive and encourage investment in the United States.” Senator Baldwin believes Milwaukee–with its devotion to water technology development–would be a perfect place for such a manufacturing hub.
She spoke highly of Wisconsin’s manufacturing history in an amendment to the Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for 2014. Senator Baldwin, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, said,
“In Wisconsin, we know that a strong manufacturing economy creates economic security for hard-working middle class families. Manufacturing plays a vital role as the engine of a dynamic economy built to last. My amendment seeks to support this powerful engine of innovation by creating regional manufacturing hubs of collaborative research and development across our country.”
The Water Council was built upon that very principle. By encouraging industry-university partnerships around water, Milwaukee has created a hub of water-technology innovation that is receiving bipartisan support both in Wisconsin and D.C.