Cleveland Water Alliance makes deal with Netherlands

By On October 29, 2018

Cleveland Water Alliance makes deal with Netherlands

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Cleveland Water Alliance hopes to bring water-related tech jobs and federal research dollars to Northeast Ohio, through an agreement with the Netherlands.

Dutch ambassador Henne Schuwer, Dutch attache Jan Peelen and Consul General Louis Piet were in Cleveland Monday to sign a deal with the Alliance, a four-year-old nonprofit aiming to build a “Blue Economy."

The goal of the Cleveland Water Alliance is to create an entire business ecosystem â€" from research and innovation to manufacturing â€" around Lake Erie. Cleveland would be to fresh water what Silicon Valley is to information technology. Or what New York is to finance.

“It puts us on the international stage for the work we’ve been driving,’’ alliance Executive Director Bryan Stubbs said Thursday.

Worldwide water technology centers include the Netherlands, South Korea, Singapore, Israel, and China, as well as Milwaukee.

The agreement with WaterCampus Leeuwarden in the Netherlands comes on the heels of European Water Tech Week, where the Cleveland Water Alliance presented its efforts on harmful algal bloom warning systems and Smart :ake buoy sensors that can collect real-time data from the lake and watershed. (They can even text you the latest lake conditions!)

WaterCampus is interested in Smart Lake technology, while the Cleveland Water Alliance is interested in Dutch work in nutrient management, Stubbs said.

Cleveland Water Alliance plans to attend the Dutch water technology conference next fall, and a Dutch representative will come to Cleveland’s ErieHack 2.0 finals next June.

“The core idea is how can we help each other with innovation, springboard around more R&D,” Stubbs said.

Source: Google News N etherlands | Netizen 24 Netherlands

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