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Establishing a Regional Water Technology Innovation Cluster. Captain Anthony T. Zimmer, PhD, PE, CIH National Risk Management Research Laboratory, EPA. Overview. Background Establishing a cluster Results to date Conclusion. What’s an Technology Innovation Cluster?.

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establishing a regional water technology innovation cluster

Establishing a Regional Water Technology Innovation Cluster

Captain Anthony T. Zimmer, PhD, PE, CIH

National Risk Management Research Laboratory, EPA

overview
Overview
  • Background
  • Establishing a cluster
  • Results to date
  • Conclusion
what s an technology innovation cluster
What’s an Technology Innovation Cluster?
  • Clusters foster innovation through dense knowledge flows and spillovers
  • Strengthen entrepreneurship by boosting:
    • New enterprise formation
    • Enhancing start-up survival
  • Enhance productivity and income-levels
  • Positively influence regional economic performance (Brookings Institute, 2010)
technology innovation cluster examples
Technology Innovation Cluster examples
  • Most famous domestic example is “silicon valley”
    • Intel, IBM .. Apple, Adobe, Google
  • Another example is Israel
    • Declared water a top priority
    • Implemented a highly coordinated inter-ministerial program
    • Annual government budget of $300 million
    • Predicted 2011 exports of $2.5 billion
  • Top-down versus bottom-up
what s in it for the epa
What’s in it for the EPA?
  • Not a one way street of EPA helping the RTIC
  • Pooling EPA’s limited resources with others to increase efficiency and to maximize our impact
  • Research that moves beyond literature to societal use
  • Innovations in small water system technologies
why water global
Why water (global)?
  • Half of the world’s population will suffer from severe water shortages by 2050. (Maxwell, 2010)
  • 40% of the world’s population does not currently have access to basic sanitation and clean running water. (Maxwell, 2010)
why water domestic
Why water (domestic)?
  • Dilapidated infrastructure – 17% of treated water is lost to leaking pipes (EPA, 2010)
  • 40% of US waters are characterized as “heavily polluted” (versus 70% of Chinese waters)
  • Universal presence of “xenobiotics” in US waterways (i.e., manmade chemicals not typically treated in a modern plant)
  • Unsustainable depletion of underground aquifers (e.g., 50 to over 200 foot drop in parts of southwest) (USGS, 2003)
  • Loss of natural wetlands – over 50% loss in lower 48 US states since the 1600s (EPA, 2010)
so why try this in cincinnati
So why try this in Cincinnati?
  • Water research started by USPHS officers in the early 1900’s
  • Crucial ingredients for a cluster (business, academia, government, support organizations)
  • Large degree of “intellectual property” w/in the region
overview1
Overview
  • Background
  • Establishing a cluster
  • Results to date
  • Conclusion
federal support
Federal Support
  • Supported by President Obama and Congress
  • Supported by Administrator Jackson, EPA
  • Supported by Administrator Mills, SBA
  • Cincinnati selected as the test bed
plan of attack
Plan of attack
  • Workforce
    • Assigned as co-lead with 4 federal employees on detail and laboratory support
  • Funding
    • Student contractor
    • Contract support
  • Building the case for a Water Technology Innovation Cluster
  • Meet regional leaders
water trends
Water trends
  • Water has been frequently referred to as the “petroleum of the next century” (Goldman Sachs, 2008)
  • Global water consumption is doubling every 20 years, more than 2 times population growth
  • Growth outlook (Goldman Sachs, 2008):
    • 3-5% for developed markets
    • 10+% for developing markets
  • US expenditures for drinking and wastewater estimated at $480 billion over the next 20 years (Maxwell 2010 & EPA, 2010)
water trends cont
Water trends (cont)
  • Scarcity could impair economic growth
  • North America has access to 15% of the global water supply while supporting just 8% of the world’s population
  • In contrast, China has only 7% of the renewable water supply, but 21% of the population
  • Scarcity & geopolitical conflicts
  • Interestingly, drinking water within the US is greatly undervalued (Maxwell, 2010)
cluster creation process overview
Cluster Creation Process Overview
  • Stakeholder engagement, social capital building and requires:
    • Involvement of the leaders from the key cluster sectors
    • Inventory of regional assets
    • Agreement by leaders to form the cluster
  • Grassroots formation of a steering committee
  • Development of an operating structure & organization by the committee
overview2
Overview
  • Background
  • Establishing a cluster
  • Results to date
  • Conclusion
results to date
Results to date

WTIC formation announced January 2011

results to date1
Results to date
  • Series of meetings ranging from technology to research grants
  • Announcement by both EPA and SBA Administrators on the WTIC formation
  • EPA research/SBIR funding of $5M
  • Fully functioning WTIC entity (http://watercluster.org/wordpress/)
overview3
Overview
  • Background
  • Establishing a cluster
  • Results to date
  • Conclusion
conclusions
Conclusions
  • Personal development
  • The “win-win” associated with a regional cluster