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Government Agencies and Organizations and Industry Affiliates

Akron Global Business Accelerator

The Akron Global Business Accelerator has earned an international reputation as a proven small business incubator. As state-of-the-art center serving as a catalyst for driving and developing technology-based entrepreneurial innovation, it also offers a comprehensive program of necessary services to international companies looking to open new markets in North America. The Accelerator has developed strong collaborative relationships with leading technology incubators in Israel and Germany.


American Water Works Association (AWWA)

AWWA is an international non-profit, scientific and educational association founded to improve water quality and supply. Established in 1881, it has a membership of around 50,000 members worldwide.


City of Akron

With a long history of supporting innovation and providing soft landings for companies entering the U.S. market, the City of Akron is home to numerous companies both domestic and foreign, in a broad range of industries.


The Greater Akron Chamber

The Greater Akron Chamber is an economic development organization serving the counties of Medina, Portage and Summit in Northeast Ohio. Its membership includes a diverse array of businesses, ranging from global manufacturers and educational institutions to local machine shops and non-profit organizations.


Isle Utilities

Isle Utilities is a technology and innovation consultancy specializing in Cleantech. Isle’s sector knowledge across water, waste, the built environment, energy and carbon is a valuable resource. This is used to identify technology deal-flow, undertake due diligence, provide market intelligence and work with investors. It has extensive in-house expertise in bringing new technologies to market and an established framework to support innovation, technology development, strategy and growth, and investment.


Medina County

Medina County is located in north central Ohio and is the 17th most populous county in the state, based on 2000 census figures. Medina County is currently one of the top 10 fastest growing counties in Ohio. It comprises approximately 425 square miles.


Netanya Water (Mei Netanya)

Netanya Water (Mei Netanya) is responsible for providing water and sewage services to over 200,000 residents of the city of Netanya, Israel. The Netanya Municipality was one of the first authorities in Israel to establish a separate water and sewer company. Mei Netanya is recognized nationally as a national model of water companies and municipal sewage operations.

Mekorot Israel National Water Company

Mekorot is one of the world’s most technologically advanced water companies. Seventy years of innovation in the face of Israel’s significant environmental and security challenges have made Mekorot a world leader in desalination, water reclamation, water project engineering, water safety and water quality.


Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP)

The Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP) is an independent body set up by the Dutch private and public sectors. It nationally coordinates water activities overseas and provides relevant information regarding these activities. The main goals of the NWP are to harmonize the activities and initiatives of the Dutch water sector overseas and promote the Dutch water expertise worldwide.


Portage County

Located conveniently in the midst of northeastern Ohio's urban centers, Portage County includes the cities of Aurora, Kent, Ravenna, Streetsboro and a small portion of Tallmadge. It is home to more than 161,419 people and encompasses a land area of approximately 500 square miles.


Summit County

Summit County is part of the Akron, OH USA Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Cleveland-Akron-Canton, OH Combined Statistical Area. According to the 2010 census, it had a population of 541,781, making it the fourth most populous county in Ohio. The county was named "Summit County" because the highest elevation on the Ohio and Erie Canal is located in the county.


State of Ohio

The State of Ohio is a state in the Midwestern U.S. It is the 34th largest (by area), the seventh most populous and the 10th most densely populated of the 50 states. The state's capital and largest city is Columbus.


WaTech is the Mekorot Entrepreneurship and Partnership Center for Water Technologies Program. It was established in Israel in 2004 to provide a response to the world’s water supply challenges.

Water Environment Federation (WEF)

Founded in 1928, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization of 36,000 individual members and 75 affiliated Member Associations representing water quality professionals around the world.

Water Research Foundation

The Water Research Foundation is an internationally recognized leader in water research that is dedicated to advancing the science of water by sponsoring cutting-edge research and promoting collaboration. Our research provides industry insights and practical solutions to the most complex challenges facing the water community today and into the future.


Other government agencies and organizations include Akron’s neighboring communities of:

  • Fairlawn, Ohio
  • Mogadore, Ohio
  • Hudson, Ohio
  • Copley, Ohio
  • Bath, Ohio
  • Coventry, Ohio
  • Stow, Ohio
  • Tallmadge, Ohio