May 07, 2014

French Ambassador Visits Global Water Center

Pôle EAU, the Water Council and SWELIA Assn. sign memorandum of understanding

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François Delattre, ambassador of France to the U.S., toured the Global Water Center during his visit to Milwaukee. 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 Environnement, 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, signed a memorandum of understanding between Pôle EAU, the Water Council and SWELIA Assn., a network of water sector corporations in France.

Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Badger Meter President/CEO/Chairman and Water Council Co-Chair Rich Meeusen also attended the signing.

The agreement strengthens existing partnerships between the French and American organizations and encourages cooperation with universities.

The Water Council has been working to expand its global reach by actively recruiting international water technology companies to establish operations in Milwaukee and grow the regional water cluster.

The Water Council will host the International Water Assn. board of directors at Water Summit 2014 June 18 to19 at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center.