"Building Louisiana's Water Cluster" Presentation at WEFTEC Stormwater Pavilion Theater Tues Sept 30 at 10am
NOLAVibe partner Steve Picou will present "Building Louisiana's Water Cluster" during a special session titled "Water Clusters From Milwaukee to NOLA" at 10am on Tuesday, September 30 in the Stormwater Pavilion Theater located on the expo show floor of the Morial Convention Center. Expo admission is free but registration is required.
The presentation is based on Picou's recently published thesis "Louisiana's Water Innovation Cluster: Is it ready for global competition." The work examines Louisiana's increasingly important water sectors within the context of the rise of water technology innovation clusters, and looks at two strong clusters: WaterTAP Ontario and the Milwaukee Water Council, in a comparative analysis with where Louisiana stands. The thesis includes recommendations and specific steps to build Louisiana's water cluster as key to sustaining a more resilient economy and environment.
The session includes the Milwaukee Water Council, represented by Elizabeth Thelen who will describe the progress and plans as they continue to build a world class water center for business development, education and research, including an overview of their entrepreneurial competition and accelerator programming. WEFTEC features an array of Louisiana-centric programming (see below) as part of their overall mission to have a lasting impact on the region.
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NOLAVibe is excited to be working with planners from the Water Environment Federation on WEFTEC 2014 in New Orleans this coming week. An estimated 20,000+ attendees will be participating in what is billed as the "largest conference of its kind" focused on water quality engineering, products, services, policy and innovation.
The conference makes a wide range of events and presentations, including access to the expo (which nearly fills the entire Morial Convention Center), available to nonmembers for free (with registration). The Opening General Sessions (which do not require a badge for admission) on Monday morning (Sept 29) give attendees a chance to hear from international leaders including innovation strategist Luke Williams, and a Great Water Cities panel introduced by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and featuring representatives of France, New Zealand and the United States.
WEFTEC rotates annually between Chicago and New Orleans, and will be in the Crescent City again in 2016 and 2018.
NOLAVibe is participating in a variety of programming throughout the conference, and we'll be posting more information over the next several days regarding this powerful opportunity to participate in one of the world's most important water gatherings. In the meantime, check out this short video featuring Joe Becker of the New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board talking about WEFTEC and welcoming the world to New Orleans.