Water Council: Wipfli LLP to open office in Global Water Center, assist tenants with business needs

Contact: Kristin Paltzer

MILWAUKEE (June 24, 2013) – One of Milwaukee’s leading CPA and consulting firms, Wipfli LLP, has joined the growing list of tenants in the Global Water Center. The collaborative setting of the Global Water Center provides Wipfli with the unique opportunity to partner with and mentor a variety of start-ups that will be located in the center. Wipfli will offer a variety of subject-matter expertise and business solutions to meet the needs of businesses through all stages of their growth from financial and tax reporting and accounting services to grant funding, research and development tax credits, and more.

Wipfli became involved with the fresh water initiative in 2009 and will lease space on the fifth floor of the seven-story building. The building, located at 223 W. Pittsburgh, will house water-related research activities for universities, existing water-related companies, the Water Council, and companies promoting business development and accelerator space for new, emerging water-related companies.

“As a firm with a history of supporting the state of Wisconsin, business growth and innovation, and a commitment to sustainability, Wipfli is thrilled to be involved with this initiative that benefits the state and business community on so many levels,” said Dave Christianson, Wipfli partner and past co-chair of the Milwaukee Water Council’s Economic Development Committee. “We look forward to providing advice to growing companies in the fresh water industry to help them achieve success.”

Wipfli has been working with businesses in Wisconsin for over 83 years. “In our firm’s history, we have seen and been a part of the growth and development of a number of other industry segments throughout the state and are now proud to support and be a strong business partner to the evolving freshwater industry cluster,” said Christianson. “We are very excited to play a role in strengthening Southeastern Wisconsin’s leadership position in the industry and supporting the economic growth that will come from the Water Council’s efforts.”

Water Council President and CEO Dean Amhaus said he is very pleased to have such a prestigious firm working with tenants of the new water research cluster.

“The unique strength of the Global Water Center lies in the mentorship opportunities and dynamic ecosystem within the building. Wipfli’s presence in the Center will be a critical link in providing a solid program of business services to all of the tenants,” stated Amhaus.

Milwaukee’s Global Water Center is one of only a handful in the world. Wipfli’s new office will be in addition to the company’s corporate headquarters, located at 10000 Innovation Drive, Suite 250, Milwaukee.

About Wipfli LLP
With more than 1,100 associates, 22 offices in the United States, and two offices in India, Wipfli LLP (Wipfli) ranks among the top 23 accounting and business consulting firms in the nation. For over 80 years, Wipfli has provided private and publicly held companies with industry-focused assurance, accounting, tax and consulting services to help clients with their business challenges today and plan for tomorrow. The firm’s clients include not only manufacturers and distributors, but others in a variety of sectors including health care organizations, construction and real estate companies, financial institutions, and nonprofit organizations. Through the firm’s membership in PKF North America, Wipfli can draw upon the resources of affiliated firms in 120 countries around the world. For more information, visit www.wipfli.com.

About The Water Council
Created by leaders in both business and education, The Water Council is convening the region’s existing water companies and research clusters, developing education programs to train talent, and building partnerships that cut across all sectors and geographic boundaries. The Water Council believes it can advance Milwaukee’s global position by becoming a magnet that attracts creative talent, innovative ideas and is recognized as a World Water Hub for research, education and economic development. For more information, visit www.thewatercouncil.com.