Thanks to the support of our members, partners and sponsors the Midwest Energy Research Consortium has accomplished a great deal in the past year. M-WERC has opened the Energy Innovation Center, worked with regional partners to secure Milwaukee’s Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) designation, sponsored $650,000 in research, and grown our membership to over 80 companies and academic institutions within the Energy, Power, and Controls space.
The Energy Innovation Center hosted ver 200 guests for a holiday event in December, showcasing not just a beautiful physical space but also offering a glimpse into the possibilities for open innovation that will soon occur there.
The EIC is now home to three tenants as well as of business service providers including the accounting firm Komisar Brady, the law firm Whyte Hirsch Dudek SC and the Angel Investor Network Silicon Pastures. Together this group will offer support for young startups, allowing them to focus on growing their business and technologies.
With buy-in from the community, elected leaders, and our industry and academic partners, the EIC has and will continue to be the gold standard for collaborative efforts in the EPC space throughout the Midwest region.
The IMCP designation was awarded to the Milwaukee region as a result of collaborative efforts between M-WERC and other regional organizations, a success that we are very proud of. The U.S. Commerce Department-led program is designed to accelerate the resurgence of manufacturing in communities nationwide, which highlights our success as a region to become a center of excellence in advanced manufacturing – of which the energy, power and control sector plays an important role.
Thanks to our robust ties to industry-leading EPC companies and brilliant talent from our academic partners, M-WERC is creating a truly one of a kind network for open innovation to advance EPC technologies regionally and provide answers for some of humanity’s most pressing energy dilemmas.
In 2011 M-WERC started with eight members. We continue to expand the number of academic partners in our membership base, balanced with our corporate members to help drive research around our research focus areas. As we grow, so do the market opportunities in EPC, which will drive economic success throughout the region.
Our goals for 2015 are largely driven by our collaborative strategy. Success for us will be defined by our ability to attract additional academic institutions and use the IMCP designation to bring growth opportunities to the region. Expanding the EIC will play a role in drawing more academic partners into our innovation network, particularly as we complete the next stage of construction on the 2nd floor startup space and begin work on a proposed medium voltage test lab.
The Midwest Energy Research Consortium is successful only because of the support from our members, our partners, and our sponsors. As the Chair of M-WERC’s board I thank you all for the effort and time you give us and ask that you continue to help us become the region’s leading EPC thought leadership group.