By Jeff Sherman Staff Writer Published Jul 25, 2007 at 6:41 AM

Milwaukee's always been the gathering place by the waters.  Our city has grown because of our access to Lake Michigan.

And now as the Milwaukee 7 collaborative group continues to lay out its new regional economic framework, our area's water and water industry concentration are emerging as more visible assets. Yes, we've always had water but many feel that we don't use this natural resource in the most optimal ways.  

The concentration of water-related businesses in the region is more extensive and impressive than most people realize.  To this end, there's a "Water Summit" today at Discovery World at Pier Wisconsin. Attending will be CEOs from water-related businesses across the region, leading researchers and members of academia.

"We have a unique opportunity here. With our concentration of water-related industries, research facilities, and natural resources, we can lead the world on freshwater issues and grow our existing water industry into a more powerful economic engine for the region. The Water Summit brings key people together to grab the lead and get this done," said Greater Milwaukee Committee President Julia Taylor.
Spread headed by Rich Meeusen, president/chairman/CEO of Badger Meter, Inc. and Paul Jones, chairman/CEO, A.O. Smith Corporation, the day long event hopes to, in conjunction with the Brooking Institution, develop a policy paper and agenda as a next step of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program's Great Lakes Economic Initiative and eventually utilize Discovery World as a global podium for freshwater policy, research and education, among other things. 

Jeff Sherman Staff Writer

A life-long and passionate community leader and Milwaukeean, Jeff Sherman is a co-founder of OnMilwaukee.

He grew up in Wauwatosa and graduated from Marquette University, as a Warrior. He holds an MBA from Cardinal Stritch University, and is the founding president of Young Professionals of Milwaukee (YPM)/Fuel Milwaukee.

Early in his career, Sherman was one of youngest members of the Greater Milwaukee Committee, and currently is involved in numerous civic and community groups - including board positions at The Wisconsin Center District, Wisconsin Club and Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.  He's honored to have been named to The Business Journal's "30 under 30" and Milwaukee Magazine's "35 under 35" lists.  

He owns a condo in Downtown and lives in greater Milwaukee with his wife Stephanie, his son, Jake, and daughter Pierce. He's a political, music, sports and news junkie and thinks, for what it's worth, that all new movies should be released in theaters, on demand, online and on DVD simultaneously.

He also thinks you should read OnMilwaukee each and every day.