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City Holds First Water Innovation Meeting

City Holds First Innovation Advisory Council Meeting

GCWW, MSD Aspiring To Form Global Water Technology Hub

City Manager Milton Dohoney Jr. has established a council of local and regional professionals to help shape policies for maximizing the area's competitive advantage through municipal service innovation and the potential commercialization of such services.

The Advisory Council on Innovation held its first meeting on June 18, 2013.

The members of the Advisory Council include:  Mr. Thomas M. Heuer, Richard A. Forsythe Chair of Entrepreneurship and Interim Director of the Summer Business Institute, Miami University; Dr. Brett Smith from the Institute for Entrepreneurship, Miami University; Dr. Wayne Fisher, Retired Executive – P& G Innovation Studio GYM ; Dr. Scott Chadwick, Provost & Chief Academic Officer, Xavier University;  the City Manager; and Biju George, Interim Director of Greater Cincinnati Water Works.

"As we actively work toward developing an innovative culture in city government, we must be prepared along the way to consider and evaluate fresh opportunities, ideas, processes and products so that our community is able to stand out and excel in a highly competitive world," said Dohoney.

This group will build upon Cincinnati’s many strengths, including Cincinnati’s long tradition of excellence and innovation water quality and treatment. MSD has been nationally recognized since 2005 for Excellence in Management by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies. GCWW received the Platinum Award for Utility Excellence in 2011 from the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies.

Both MSD and GCWW have been nationally featured as industry leaders and are currently working towards forming a global water technology hub to capitalize on the expertise in the utilities and the region.

Cincinnati's water technology hub will advance water technology, research and policy with respect to economic development through the formation of public-private partnerships among utilities, environmental technology companies, researchers, economic development, government agencies and others.

"With the Advisory Council on Innovation and the formation of the technology hub, Cincinnati hopes to change the way we think of water," said Dohoney.