Dean Amhaus, President & CEO, The Water Council
Presenting: “Gathering Place by the Water” to “World Water Hub”
Milwaukee is one of the world’s most significant hubs for water research and industry because of its extensive history in the study, treatment, storage and movement of water. Milwaukee’s water technology leadership has evolved over more 100 years of finding innovative solutions for the most important water issues facing the world.
With companies that can trace their history back many generations and whose names are synonymous with the world’s leading water businesses; are the births of new water-technology companies that are building the region into a world water hub.
Whether you are in industry, academia, or government; you will find a confluence of expertise providing the current and leading-edge technology and solutions needed to succeed in the world water marketplace.
Dean Amhaus will discuss The Water Council’s approach to research and commercialization as well as describe how Milwaukee’s water cluster is a magnet that attracts creative talent and innovative ideas.
Dean Amhaus has served as the founding President & CEO of The Water Council since March 2010. The Council was formed with the express purpose of growing the Milwaukee region into the world hub for water research, education and economic development. The only organization of its kind in the United States, the Water Council is successfully coalescing these attributes into a powerful force that is garnering international recognition.
The Council’s most significant achievement occurred in September 2013 with the opening of the Global Water Center, a one of a kind water technology research and business accelerator located in a 98,000 square feet seven-story refurbished Silver LEED warehouse in Milwaukee’s downtown. Within 18 months of opening the Center it was completely leased. One of the programs within the Center is The BREW which assists water technology entrepreneurs develop their company and expand their commercialization opportunities.
Moving into more of a national role, in September 2016 The Water Council launched the ICE (Innovation Commercialization Exchange) Institute, which aggregates, evaluates, and connects emerging technologies from the nation’s federal laboratories, universities and entrepreneurs that address water issues across a wide range of industries including utilities, agriculture, and manufacturers.
Under Dean’s leadership, The Water Council has received multiple international and national economic development awards.