The events of Milwaukee Water Week have officially concluded here in our lovely city, but innovation continues to flow within the doors of the Global Water Center. Thank you to everyone that participated at the many events that took place throughout Milwaukee and thank you to our wonderful sponsors and hosts who helped us create a very memorable week. We are happy to report that the turnout to events hosted during Milwaukee Water Week well exceeded our expectations.
Thank you to our friends at Walnut Way Conservation Corporation for allowing us to be a part of your ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new water system that was recently installed, we shall be back to visit your community and the “friendly bees!”
Veolia Water North America provided our guests with our very own bus while touring the facility, which made for quicker, and much more comfortable, navigation of Jones Island.
Local historian John Gurda gave a riveting lecture at Discovery World, about the “Use and Abuse” of local waterways over Milwaukee’s rich history, but assured the crowd, steps have been long underway to rejuvenate local water systems.
Those that attended the panel discussion at the University Club of Milwaukee are no doubt more informed about hydraulic fracturing, a topic that will garner attention as we look to meet our growing energy needs. Marquette University also hosted a critical discussion on the future of the Great Lakes as seen through the lens of ecological justice, which can be viewed on the Wisconsin Eye website: http://www.wiseye.org/Programming/VideoArchive/EventDetail.aspx?evhdid=7967
The Global Water Center itself was buzzing the entire week, as several of our tenants hosted open houses and discussions; including Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, UW-Whitewater’s Institute of Water Business, Alliance for Water Stewardship, and The Water Council’s Education & Talent Committee.
Milwaukee Water Week provided several opportunities for water professionals, enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, and future leaders to meet, and form connections, either over coffee with the Global Freshwater Seed Accelerator program, a brew at Fred’s Pub at the MillerCoors Brewery, or during festivities with Riveredge Naturalists at the Urban Ecology Center at Riverside Park.
The culmination of the week was the grand opening ceremony of the Global Water Center, and the Innovation Flows! gala. We were thrilled to welcome Governor Scott Walker, who declared it “Global Water Center Day” throughout the state of Wisconsin in a gubernatorial proclamation, and Mayor Tom Barrett, who proclaimed it officially “Milwaukee Water Week” throughout the City of Milwaukee in his mayoral proclamation. US Senator Herb Kohl was recognized and honored for his many years of service not only to the State of Wisconsin, but also for his early support of the then Milwaukee Water Council.
The Innovation Flows! gala was a smashing success, over 700 guests poured through the front doors as the evening progressed, enjoying fabulous eats whilst exploring our state-of-the-art facility with the assistance of our wonderful Student Ambassadors from UW-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences, UW-Whitewater’s Institute for Water Business, UW-Parkside, UW-La Crosse, Marquette University, Alverno College, MATC and Lead to Succeed/Escuela Verde.
Milwaukee Water Week may be over, but the synergy in the building remains; meetings commence in the conference rooms, conversations continue over coffee in the café and ideas become reality, one step at a time. Thank you to everyone that made Milwaukee Water Week and the grand opening of the Global Water Center the tremendous success that it was, this is only the beginning of bigger developments to come.