French Ambassador Delattre Visits Global Water Center, MOU Signed

Ambassador François Delattre

Ambassador François Delattre

Ambassador of France to the United States François Delattre toured the Global Water Center during his visit to Milwaukee, Tuesday, April 29. The Center, established by The Water Council in 2013, houses water industry startup companies, research lab space and university operations, including several American subsidiaries of French water technology companies, including Veolia Environment, Ijinus, Vegetal i.D. and Envolus.

During the Ambassador’s visit, Michel Dutang, President of Pôle EAU, a startup accelerator program located in Montpellier, France, and Dean Amhaus, President and CEO of The Water Council, will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Pôle EAU, The Water Council and SWELIA Association, a network of water sector corporations in France.

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Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch

Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin Rebecca Kleefisch, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Badger Meter President/CEO/Chairman and Water Council Co-Chair Rich Meeusen also were on hand to attend the signing and welcome Ambassador Delattre back to Milwaukee. The Ambassador first visited the city some 35 years ago as an exchange student, and instantly fell in love with the city’s charm, he recalled fondly of how the city was so welcoming, especially the two young women that were part of his host family.

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Top Row: Reed Hall, WEDC; Rich Meeusen, Badger Meter; Rebecca Kleefisch, Lieutenant Gov. of Wisconsin; François Delattre, French Ambassador to the U.S.; Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett Bottom Row: Dean Amhaus, The Water Council; Michel Dutang, Pôle EAU

The agreement strengthens existing partnerships between the French and American organizations and encourages cooperation with universities, and collaboration and idea sharing amongst the entrepreneurs in the respective programs.

Mr. Amhaus said, “We are honored that Ambassador Delattre decided to make a special visit to The Global Water Center to meet with the French and American water technology companies working in this unique cluster. Our partnership with Pôle EAU and SWELIA will enhance our close ties with France and expand the region’s water cluster.”

The Water Council has been working rigorously to expand its global reach, by actively recruiting international water technology companies to establish operations in Milwaukee and grow the regional water cluster. The signing of this MOU strengthens The Water Council’s ties to France, and leads the way for more countries across the globe to form partnerships with The Water Council.

Later this summer, The Water Council will host the International Water Association (IWA) Board of Directors at Water Summit 2014 on June 18-19 at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center in Downtown Milwaukee. CLICK HERE

 

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About The Water Council

The Water Council, the only organization of its kind in the United States, was established in 2009 by Milwaukee-area businesses, education and government leaders. With more than 150 water technology companies in the Milwaukee area, the region’s water industry is a $10.5 billion dollar market and accounts for four percent of the world’s total water business. The non-profit organization is linking together global water technology companies, innovative water entrepreneurs, acclaimed academic research programs and, most importantly, some of the nation’s brightest and most energetic professionals. The Water Council is capturing the attention of the world and transforming the Milwaukee region into a World Water Hub for freshwater research, economic development and education. The Water Council is located in the Global Water Center at 247 W. Freshwater Way, Suite 500, Milwaukee, WI 53204.
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