Regional technology innovation clusters are geographic concentrations of interconnected firms (businesses, suppliers, and service providers) and supporting institutions (local government, business chambers, universities, investors, and others) that work together in an organized manner to promote economic growth and technological innovation.
On January 18, 2011, EPA Administrator, Lisa P. Jackson, and SBA Administrator, Karen Mills, met at EPA's research facility in Cincinnati to announce and formally launch the Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana Water Technology Innovation Cluster (WTIC). For more information, please see the Web site: http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/0/5C6E98E36238C0898525781C005B7B73
The idea to form the WTIC stems from an EPA and SBA initiative that recognizes the importance of harnessing regional expertise - public utilities, research partners, and innovative business - to encourage economic development as well as environmental and human health protection. This idea was embraced by the region, which saw an opportunity to build and maintain a vibrant, technology-driven economy that influences positive change in the way we protect human health and the environment.
On May 12, 2011, Mr. Alan Vicory, the Chair of the WTIC Board and the Executive Director of the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission, will provide an overview of the WTIC. Dr. Michael Gonzalez, the EPA co-lead for the WTIC project and the Acting Branch Chief of EPA's Systems Analysis Branch, will provide information on EPA's role relative to the cluster and water technology innovation.
This Webinar is one in a series of meetings hosted by EPA and the WTIC to introduce environmental professionals to the WTIC and make them aware of EPA's interest in linking economic advancement to environmental and human health improvements in the water area.
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The Water Innovation Technology Cluster - Alan Vicory (pdf)
EPA’s Collaboration with Regional Partners: Addressing Water Challenges and Spurring Economic Development - Dr. Michael A. Gonzalez (pdf)