Campus: CSU Fresno -- October 16, 2002
$60 Million Water Research Facility In Development
at Fresno State
Plans for a $60 million water research and development facility were
unveiled today (Oct. 15) by the International Center for Water Technology,
a new joint venture between water technology manufacturers in the San
Joaquin Valley and California State University, Fresno.
The announcement of the public-private partnership was made at Fresno
State during a morning news conference and an afternoon reception for
water technology manufacturers, civic leaders and economic development
The new center is a collaborative venture between Fresno State and the
San Joaquin Valley Water Technology Cluster, an organization of 30 manufacturers
of water and water-related products located from Bakersfield to Stockton.
The first phase of the facility will be completed in June 2003.
Among those appearing at the press conference were Rep. Cal Dooley and
Rep. George Radanovich, who announced that the House Appropriations
Committee has designated $2 million for planning and early construction
work for the center. The full House and Senate must approve the appropriation.
Established in April 2001, the Water Technology Cluster comprises companies
that are representative of the entire industry, which involves 120 establishments
and more than 5,000 employees throughout the San Joaquin Valley.
In addition to the new International Center for Water Technology, the
Water Technology Cluster is working together to solve work force development
problems and to develop joint marketing and export programs. The San
Joaquin Valley Water Technology Cluster is the region’s first
effort to develop the economy based on strategic clusters of industry
that have opportunities for growth and job creation in the global economy.
Dr. John D. Welty, president of Fresno State, called the center an exciting
project for the Valley, and said the university is pleased to be a partner
in its development.
The center’s business plan was developed by a team of university
partners: the California Water Institute, Center for Irrigation Technology,
Central California Futures Institute and University Business Center.
“The ICWT builds on the successful 20-year history of the university
and industry partnerships through the Center for Irrigation Technology,”
said Ashley Swearingen, executive director of the Futures Institute,
a non-profit research and public policy organization associated with
Fresno State. “The new program will go beyond irrigation to include
municipal, commercial and industrial water systems and will serve Valley,
state, U.S. and international needs,” she said.
Specific program components of the new center include:
- University- and industry-sponsored research and development.
- Testing services and certification for industry and development
of industry standards for water equipment and applications.
- Cooperative marketing and export assistance to increase the competitiveness
of U.S. water technology worldwide.
- Public policy and community education to inform diverse parties
about the technical aspects of water issues.
Among the speakers at the news conference were the Dr. J. Michael
Ortiz, provost and vice president of Academic Affairs at Fresno State;
Claude Laval, chairman of the Claude Laval Corp. and co-chairman of
the San Joaquin Valley Water Technology Cluster; and Doug Henton, a
Silicon Valley-based economist who has developed economic competitiveness
strategies for regions all over the world. Henton has been the principal
adviser to the Fresno Area and the San Joaquin Valley in the development
of the water technology cluster.
For more information, see www.ICWT.net.
Contact: Shirley Melikian Armbruster (559) 278-2795
or (559) 269-5261