Milwaukee to Host 3 Prominent Water and Great Lakes Summits

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MILWAUKEE,WI– (September 13, 2022) VISIT Milwaukee is proud to welcome
the US Water Alliance’s One Water Summit, The Water Council’s Water
Leaders Summit and Healing Our Waters Great Lakes Conference this fall,
drawing in 1,200 attendees and over $1.2 million in total estimated
economic impact

“We’re thrilled to welcome these groups, which continue to cement
Milwaukee’s reputation as one of the top destinations in the world for
water innovation, scholarship, and technology,” said National Account
Executive, Laura Lutter Cole for VISIT Milwaukee. “Combine freshwater
assets with the Wisconsin Center’s 300,000 square feet of function
space, and some of the lowest airfares in the nation, and Milwaukee’s
‘Fresh Coast’ location is just the right destination for memorable
water meetings of all sizes.”

Deemed _The Capital of Water_ by Forbes Magazine, Milwaukee is home to
the nation’s first School of Freshwater Sciences at University of
Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Water Law and Policy Initiative at Marquette
University Law School and The Water Council, a nonprofit organization
that brings together the region’s water technology companies and
universities. The designation as a U.N. Global Compact City
distinguishes Milwaukee as a worldwide leader and as an international
hub of water research and technology.

“Milwaukee is a hub not just for water technology but also innovation
and stewardship. It’s only natural that water-related organizations
want to meet in a city that revolves around freshwater to live, work and
play,” said Dean Amhaus, The Water Council president and CEO.

Milwaukee is home to headquarters for water industry companies,
including Xylem Sanitaire (biological treatment solutions), A. O. Smith
(water heating and water treating), and Badger Meter (water metering
technology and flow solutions); additionally, companies such as Molson
Coors (beverage company) use Lake Michigan water in manufacturing
processes.   

The global water industry totals over $655 billion annually and Lake
Michigan ranks as the fourth largest freshwater lake in the world. The
Milwaukee Region’s water industry is a $10.5 billion market,
supporting 20,000 jobs and accounting for 4% of the total world water
business.  

“Great people, the Great Lakes, and a commitment to protect both has
made Milwaukee the epicenter for water innovation throughout the
country. Milwaukee went green before green was cool and because of this
our region is more climate ready than most and doing more every day to
become more prepared. We are prepared to move even further by working
with our strong, diverse coalition of partners to address our future
watershed issues,” said Kevin Shafer, executive director of Milwaukee
Metropolitan Sewerage District.

Summits/ Conferences

_US Water Alliance’s One Water Summit – Sept. 12-14 _

The US Water Alliance’s One Water Summit gathers the most diverse group
of water stakeholders in the country for a completely unique and urgent
conversation about the future of water through engaging plenaries and
workshops, dynamic institutes and site visits, and plenty of networking
time between individuals, organizations, and delegations. The Summit
also serves as a time to award the US Water Prize, where they will
recognize outstanding One Water leaders across the nation.  

_The Water Council Water Leaders’ Summit – Oct. 5-6 _

The Water Council’s Water Leaders Summit will explore the link between
water innovation and water stewardship. Both are critical if the world
hopes to solve global water challenges such as scarcity, drought,
flooding, and contamination. Sessions include: Water Innovation &
Stewardship in the 21st Century, Water’s Role in National Security and
Economic Growth vs. Water Scarcity.

_Healing Our Waters Great Lakes Conference 2022 _– Oct. 18-19

The Healing Our Waters Great Lakes Conference will gather Great Lakes
advocates to discuss cutting-edge issues surrounding the restoration and
protection of the Great Lakes and the communities that rely on them for
their drinking water, health, and way of life. The event also features
an entertaining and compelling mix of environmental, justice, and arts
stories and presentations.

About VISIT Milwaukee

VISIT Milwaukee is a community asset that markets the destination as a
top choice for business, convention, and leisure travel to national and
international visitors to increase the economic impact of tourism in the
region. VISIT Milwaukee has over 700 members, including hotels/motels,
restaurants, attractions, services, and area businesses. The Wisconsin
Center District, which is undergoing a large-scale expansion slated for
completion in 2024, and Potawatomi Hotel & Casino are strategic partners
with VISIT Milwaukee, providing funding support for conventions and
tourism programs. For more information call (800) 554-1448 or
visit www.visitmilwaukee.org [2].

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