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Global Water Center

In 2011, 98,000 square feet of abandoned warehouse in Milwaukee’s Walker’s Point neighborhood stood with no purpose other than to collect the dirt and grime of the city. That all changed when The Water Council, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing water technology, and its member companies decided to call this old seven-story building home.

The Global Water Center, located at 247 Freshwater Way, broke ground on August 13, 2012, with the help of $20 million in New Markets Tax Credits from WHEDA. These tax credits helped to redevelop the structure into a world-class office and research space. The center is WHEDA’s first investment in, and part of a larger initiative known as Transform Milwaukee, a public-private partnership that focuses on restoring industrial, residential, and economic prosperity to areas of Milwaukee from the 30th Street Industrial Corridor through the Menomonee Valley, south to the Inner Harbor, ending just south of General Mitchell International Airport.

Today, more than 40 tenant organizations join The Water Council at the Global Water Center. The location of the center is also near the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee’s School of Freshwater Sciences, the nation’s only graduate-level institution devoted to freshwater sciences. The success of the project also fostered the development of Reed Street Yards, an urban business park catering to Milwaukee’s water research and technology sector.

Did you know:

  • Access to clean drinking water is a global risk to health, security and equity.
  • 86% of Wisconsin’s borders are water.
  • Wisconsin has seen a 7.4% increase in water related exports.
  • Wisconsin contains 1.2 quadrillion gallons of groundwater.
  • Over 230 water technology companies call Wisconsin home. 
    Source: The Water Council

Walker’s Point has been transformed into a lively mixed-use neighborhood, home to Milwaukee’s global water research hub. WHEDA is proud to have supported this development and other ancillary projects that have helped grow Walker’s Point as a great place to live, work and play.  

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