Project Milwaukee: The Currency of Water

Many industries that first created jobs -- and a reputation -- for Milwaukee were closely connected to water. Breweries, for instance, relied on the area's supply of water for their operations. Some businesses and community leaders believe water also holds the key to the region's future. They want southeastern Wisconsin to become a global hub for the water technology industry.

The conversation surrounding the topic is heating up. But questions remain. For example, what investments would be needed to create a water technology hub here? Would the industry provide the kind of jobs that the region needs? Could other cities beat us to the punch?

In December of 2009, the WUWM Newsroom and Lake Effect journalists explored what it takes to develop a global hub for water technology in southeastern Wisconsin in the Project Milwaukee: The Currency of Water series.

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Project Milwaukee
3:21 pm
Thu December 10, 2009

Can We Engineer Our Way Out of the Water Crisis?

Robert Glennon is the Morris K. Udall Professor of Law and Public Policy at the University of Arizona, and author of the book Unquenchable: America's Water Crisis and What to Do About It, published by Island Press. He spoke with Mitch Teich as part of our "Project Milwaukee: The Currency of Water" series. Glennon was in Milwaukee this week to speak at a forum at Marquette University.

Project Milwaukee
3:19 pm
Thu December 10, 2009

Successful Industry Hubs Inspire Water Proponents

Researcher Sandra McLellan looks at frozen water samples at the Great Lakes WATER Institute.

If you have an idea for conserving or cleaning water -- or even using it -- Milwaukee could one day be the place to develop your invention.

That's the dream. A coalition of community leaders is pushing the city to become a global hub for water research and technology.

But is it really possible for a region to make itself the headquarters of an industry? And is there competition? We seek answers to those questions, in today's installment of Project Milwaukee: The Currency of Water. WUWM's Ann-Elise Henzl reports.

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Project Milwaukee
3:10 pm
Wed December 9, 2009

The Call for a Regional Approach to Water

Richard Longworth is a senior fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and Distinguished Visiting Scholar at DePaul University. He spoke with Bonnie North as part of our series, Project Milwaukee: The Currency of Water. You can also read the policy brief he authored calling for a Midwestern Marshall Plan.

Project Milwaukee
3:06 pm
Wed December 9, 2009

Framing the Global Water Crisis

Katherine Bliss is a senior fellow of the Global Health Policy Center at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC. She spoke about global water and sanitation issues this fall at the Institute of World Affairs at UW-Milwaukee. You can find her report on US leadership on drinking water and sanitation here.

Project Milwaukee
3:02 pm
Wed December 9, 2009

What's Needed to Move Forward With Water Hub

Bob Heideman shows off a solar panel that A. O. Smith will introduce in 2010.

Our series Project Milwaukee: The Currency of Water continues this morning. We’re reporting on Milwaukee’s efforts to become a global hub for water research and technology. In the past few years, companies already in the water business here have been expanding. But as WUWM’s Marti Mikkelson reports, leaders are now working to kick the effort into high gear. The ultimate prize would be jobs and economic development, along with a good dose of prestige.

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