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Akron, Ohio

Mayor Keynote Speaker at International Water Week in the Netherlands

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City of Akron Press Release
From the desk of Stephanie York
Published: 11-07-2013

          Akron, Ohio (November 7, 2013) – Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic and his economic development, water and sewer management team are in the Netherlands this week attending, exhibiting, and speaking at the  largest water conference in the world. 

          Akron is the only U.S. municipality exhibiting at this significant conference. 

         “We are in the midst of putting together a Memorandum of Understanding with the Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP),” said Mayor Plusquellic.  “We hope to start implementing projects in conjunction with NWP shortly as part of our own water technology hub, and in conjunction with other domestic and overseas entities.  This is not unlike our partnership with Mekorot, Israel’s national water carrier system which entered into an MOU to bring and commercialize its WaTech (Entrepreneurship and Partnership Center for Water Technologies Program) portfolio companies to the US market through Akron’s Global Business Accelerator. By partnering with huge entities like Mekorot and NWP, we not only get to learn and use the most efficient, cutting- edge technologies in the world, but we will be able to improve our water system security, quality, and service, and bring additional companies to Akron.  That means more jobs for our residents." 

          IWW 2013 hosts over 40 official country delegations, who will actively participate in the conference.  The IWW 2013 conference delegates are a mix of international water professionals from knowledge institutes, consultants, utilities, educational institutes, governments, water using industry, manufacturers, financial institutes, NGO’s (non-governmental organizations) and YWP’s (young water professionals).  The total number of registered conference delegates is expected to be over 400, next to the more than 20,000 visitors of the Aquatech Exhibition.

         "Akron is not only getting a front row seat at this worldwide water technology conference, but Mayor Plusquellic was asked to be one of its keynote speakers,” noted Akron Service Director John Moore.  “He was asked to talk about Akron’s experience as an innovator in water technology because Akron leads the way in developing and implementing new technologies for water efficiency through partnering with overseas companies.”

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For further information, contact:
Stephanie York
Communications Director
Phone: 330-375-2345
E-mail: [email protected]

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