The Water Council is taking the next steps to help create a regional innovation engine here in eastern Wisconsin focused on climate issues. The nonprofit, along with several partnering organizations, announced this week it has been awarded $1 million from the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) to plan a regional innovation engine that will address water and energy resilience for manufacturers and utilities.

The goal of the NSF Engines program is to harness the nation’s science and technology research and development enterprise and regional-level resources. The approved regional innovation engines will help build resiliency around manufacturing and utilities. The program seeks to address climate issues and how manufacturers and utilities can deal with water and energy related issues in all the aspects of their operations.

The Water Council applied for the two-year grant with its lead partners: Milwaukee Tech Hub CoalitionWisconsin Technology CouncilMarquette UniversityWisconsin Center for Manufacturing and Productivity, and Madison Region Economic Partnership.

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