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Milwaukee, located on the south-western shore of Lake Michigan, is the largest city in the state of Wisconsin. It has a population of around 600,000 residing within an area of 251.7 km2

The city has a rich history of vibrant local industries based on fur trapping, manufacturing and food and beverage production. The city also has immutable ties with water. The name ‘Milwaukee’ is Native American in origin and means ‘gather place near the waters’.

With the decline of its brewing and manufacturing industries, Milwaukee faces many challenges. Research indicates that Milwaukee has more than 120 businesses and universities with operational dealings with water. In light of this, the Milwaukee Water Council recently devised an economic development plan based on activities related to water that seeks to integrate various initiatives in operation within the city.

Milwaukee became a Global Compact City Participant in 2009. The Cities Programme works closely with the Water Council in their efforts to establish Milwaukee as a global hub for water research and technology.

For more information on Milwaukee’s work with water & sustainability see:

The Water Council 

Great Lakes & ST. Lawrence Cities Initiative: 2014 Sustainable Municipal Water Management Public Evaluation report

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