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MKE Update: School of Freshwater Sciences

From: Steve G.
Sent on: Tuesday, May 26, 2009 9:51 PM
Last week we met to discuss updates on the water industry in Milwaukee, an industry that will create new jobs, companies and position Milwaukee as a global hub to freshwater technology. Businesses, environmental groups and universities have partnered to ensure this happens. They have partnered under the Water Council. They have set a clear vision and road map for success. The next step is to secure the right location for the School of Freshwater Sciences.

The proposed location for the School of Freshwater Sciences is the current spot that is occupied by the unused Pieces of Eight restaurant. Here is what that means (courtesy of Julia Taylor @

- This will be an Urban School that will attract top faculty and graduate students and will require urban amenities like mass transit, restaurants and all the same reasons we like the downtown.

- This will be our front door to the world with the UN Designation. We need to have curb appeal to compete with Singapore, Stockholm and other global players. We have the stuff so we need to strut it!

- The new Reserach Vessel needs a place to dock and be accessible to the students. This will not be a permanent docking for it but accessibility is important and the connection to Discovery World is a key link and leverage for the community, students and global visitors

There will be a public hearing on Thursday night to gather your input on the proposed location. If you can, please attend to voice your support for the proposed location. If you can't make it in person, you can send an email to any of the following people. A simple, "I support the proposed location of the School of Freshwater Sciences in the current Pieces of Eight location" would be fantastic (and quick)!

Timothy K. Hoelter
[address removed]

Alderman Bauman
[address removed]

Tina Chang
[address removed]

Claude Krawczyk
[address removed]

Kristine F. Martinsek
[address removed]

Craig Mastantuono
[address removed]

Ron San Felippo
[address removed]

Here are updates on what is happening around the water industry and this issue and reasons why we need to make a strong commitment in location of the School of Freshwater Sciences!

- Last month Milwaukee earned the designation of a UN Global Compact City. We are 1 of 14 cities in the world and 1 of 2 in the US. We are the only one which focuses on freshwater.

- The UN designation means global attention, global visitors and we are a UN ambassador for freshwater to the world. Everyday we have visits from Israeli, Canadian and Chinese consulates, researchers and businesses.

- The Joint Finance Committee just approved the creation of the UWM School of Freshwater Sciences yesterday.
Marquette Law School announced the creation of a Water Law Curriculum this week.

- The WIRED grant from Department of Labor provided an investment of $500,000 for educational and curriculum resources around water for K-12 students so every child grows up with the background that can offer local career options in water.

- An ambitious internship program linking colleges and universities throughout the region with the 120 water companies was launched this spring developed and implemented by Spreenkler and funded by the companies.

Thanks and please let me know if you have any questions or comments: [address removed].


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