Newsletter 2014-11-01 00:08:00
Dear Members, Partners and Friends,
This note marks the third opportunity I've had to update you on our quarterly progress as an organization.
The number of members is up, research funding remains strong, progress continues on our headquarters and opportunities abound.
Chief among our successes of the past few months is the progress we've had on developing our accelerator. The Energy Innovation Center (EIC) announcement received a great deal of attention, including a joint press conference with Governor Scott Walker and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, a $900,000 grant announcement from the state and the announcement of our first two tenants in the facility.
In addition to hosting the mayor and Governor, we've also hosted dozens of corporate, academic and political visitors notably US Senators Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson.
In late May we awarded $450,000 dollars to a number of research projects at all of the major engineering schools in the Milwaukee region. The research we're funding ranges from developing net zero energy models in a campus environment to hybrid energy modules for high-efficiency buildings.
Also in May, the US Commerce Department recognized the M-7 Region as one of twelve Manufacturing Communities in the country through their Investing in Manufacturing Communities program. This IMCP designation is a boost to all M-WERC members seeking grants from one of the participating federal agencies. If you're not familiar with this program or would like additional information please don't hesitate to send me an email.
August was a busy month, with Jeff Anthony joining the M-WERC team as director of the EIC and a visit from Boston-based incubator Greentown Labs. Our partnership with Greentown will allow us to learn from their processes and techniques, extending and amplifying the value of the EIC to the public, the start-ups, and our members.
We have started the third in a series of Industry Road maps, our Energy Storage road map that will augment road maps completed on Distributed Energy and Research Systems (DERS) and Energy Efficiency. The three complimentary road maps highlight evolving capabilities that support sustainability, and evolving clean technologies in power generation, distribution and control.
We're excited about our progress and look forward to the fall.
Alan S. Perlstein