All -American city Akron has joined in a $5 million partnership with 5 Israeli companies as part of an “Advanced Waste Water Treatment Demonstration Project.” MemTech, WaTech-Mekorot, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology; and the Israel Export Institute will be involved with this project, that is poised to put Akron at the forefront of water recycling.
Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic said. “This is really a significant announcement to be identified as the single place in North America for these high-tech companies, ”adding “The technology eventually could help Akron deal with its ongoing combined sewage overflow issues with the federal government as well as help with the high-tech needs of wastewater facilities”
From the City of Akron Press Release:
“This Project will create new jobs and investment through business attraction, further our water initiative, and place Akron in the forefront of water innovation and technology,” said Mayor Plusquellic. “We are being entrusted with an exclusive platform and pipeline for Israeli companies to demonstrate innovative technologies and new solutions for water treatment worldwide.”
Mayor Plusquellic also mentioned Akron’s past experience with projects in Israel including: being the first US City to partner with an Israeli municipal utility in Netanya, Israel, to develop and commercialize new water technology solutions; creating a partnership with Mekorot, to promote bi-lateral cooperation and innovation; and including the Israeli water company delegation in the Akron Global Water Alliance Launch Event last October. Plusquellic particularly noted Akron’s $500,000 investment in the Targetech Innovation Center, an Israeli incubator that nurtures science, technology, research and development, and commercializes these efforts in Israeli and the U.S. market through Akron
Looks like BDS is all wet in Akron.