Water Summit 2014: Financing Investment, Operating in the Global Water Market

Summit2014_Main_GraphicWater Summit 2014: Thriving in the Global Water Economy is quickly approaching, in less than two weeks Milwaukee will be host to some of the world’s most esteemed water professionals, researchers, scientists, and policy makers June 18-19. We will be highlighting details of Summit tracks and other special announcements in the days leading up to Water Summit 2014. Be sure to stay up to date with all the latest Summit details at the website, and don’t forget to Register, as there is limited capacity and we are certain to sell all remaining tickets.

Financing & Investment

Water Summit 2014 is all about thriving and expanding your business beyond local and regional borders, either by setting up new operations or acquiring foreign businesses. Key to expansion is funding your business strategies, we will have several opportunities for you to learn of what types of obstacle to expect and prepare for in your global strategy.

During Breakout Session 1, Tim Waldron, Chairman of the IWA Water Loss Specialist Group will outline which key performance indicators are critical for capital investments that return multiple benefits for a water corporation or utility during his presentation “A Water Utility CEO’s Guide for Business Growth Through Maximizing ROI.” He will examine the financial, operational, political and customer service impacts related to the responsibilities of investment management for water businesses, utilizing international examples for real-world references.

Investing in The Water Council’s overall competitiveness is also highly important at this Summit, therefore “Building a Bright Blue Future for Innovation Exchange” panel discussion has been created to outline the partnership between The Council and innovationExchange LLC, formed to rapidly expand Milwaukee’s presence both in water innovation and leadership in public/private sector collaboration. Also to be discussed is the potential international collaborative opportunities that exist in industry, government and academia, to solve the most pressing water challenges.

Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) are becoming increasingly more attractive as cities, regions, and businesses look for alternative ways to fund projects and get deals done. “Border Economics: PPPs in an Era of Leveraging Creative Resources” will convene perspectives from members of the Canadian Consulate General in Chicago to discuss alternative ways to finance water/wastewater projects using Canada’s successful PPP model. Canada is a leader in PPPs and has undertaken over 200 in the last 20 years. In an era of sparse governmental resources and deteriorating infrastructure, this panel will provide visibility and educate the audience through real-life examples of best practices, obstacles, and strategic framework.

Operating in the Global Market

As The Water Council repositions itself as a global organization, headquartered in MIlwaukee, it is important to understand the unique challenges that are associated with expanding your business operations into new markets. Therefore we have arranged a few panels to discuss just what The Council and our members should expect when expanding abroad.

During Breakout Session 2 on June 18 a panel of experts from the International Water Association will “Human Capacity in SE Europe” moderated by Geoff Morgan of Michael BEst & Friedrich LLP. This panel will discuss how the development of the global water market is dependent on human capacity and the ability and willingness to work together to advance the idea of a trans-disciplinary language. They will utilize SE-Europe as a case study, and determine how national waterworks associations can help overcome the obstacles faced by the region 20 years after significant political changes in the area.

“Navigating the Waters of Legal & Operational Concerns for Multinational Companies” will provide an overview of legal, operational, and practical considerations for operating a multi-national company. Attendees will gain first-hand knowledge from key stakeholders that have experience working globally . Those currently operating or considering operating a multi-national company should not miss this insightful panel!

Just Announced! The Role of Regulators Promoting Innovation & Sustainability – Water Innovation & Sustainability Track

In an era where access to drinking water is becoming a challenge around the world, regulators must clearly define quality targets of service goals, improve operational and structural efficiency and identify financial resources to implement proper strategies to meet these goals. Jaime Melo Baptista, President, ERSAR, Portuguese Water & Waste Services Regulation Authority, will describe the role of the regulators and how they should shape and implement coherent and integrated public policies for water services.

Water Summit 2014 is shaping up to be our largest summit ever! We are especially excited to welcome the International Water Association’s Board of Directors, as they convene their annual board meeting in Milwaukee and participate in several of the Breakout Sessions on both days of the Summit. be sure to Register today if you haven’t already, as we are sure to sell all available tickets! Also, thank you to all of our wonderful Sponsors for helping us make waves!



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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