Water technology is big business in Minnesota, accounting for more than $729 million in foreign sales alone in 2012. Minnesota is among the top 10 exporters nationally of water and wastewater treatment technology, and the industry employs nearly 15,500 people in the state, including engineers, hydrologists and conservation scientists.
With its strong lineup of companies and water technology know-how, Minnesota is poised to tap what many experts say is an industry with huge growth potential. The United Nations estimates that $22 trillion in water infrastructure investments will be needed worldwide by 2030 in such areas as treatment and reuse, filtration, desalination, pumping and aeration.
The Minnesota Water Technology Business Summit in the Twin Cities on Tuesday, March 25, will explore how Minnesota can address global water issues and capitalize on the business opportunities they represent. The event, featuring speakers from private industry, economic development groups and government organizations, will run from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Ecolab Schuman Campus , 655 Lone Oak Drive, in Eagan. A networking event will follow from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Ecolab Chairman and CEO Doug Baker, whose company’s annual sales in water technology are about $9 billion, will be among the featured speakers at the event. DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben and executives from Pentair, 3M and Aeration Industries also are scheduled to speak. Breakout sessions and a panel discussion are planned as well.
People interested in attending the summit can click here to register.