Milwaukee, Wis. Procorp Enterprises LLC, a provider of innovative sustainable water and wastewater treatment solutions, welcomed U.S. Senator Russ Feingold to its Milwaukee headquarters. The event marked the launch of Senator Feingolds E4 Initiative, an effort to fuel job creation and enhance workforce development.
Senator Feingold got a first-hand look at Procorps facility and met with area business and research leaders, including Dr. Franz Hoffmann, president of Procorp; Carlos Santiago, chancellor of UW-Milwaukee, and Julia Taylor, president of the Greater Milwaukee Committee. The discussions centered on ways in which the federal government can help small businesses grow and address emerging challenges.
Feingolds initiative dubbed E4 because of its focus on Economy, Employment, Education and Energy will include legislation to boost small business innovation, support job growth in the emerging energy sector, enhance workforce development and build new education partnerships.
The federal government should be helping small businesses harness their innovative strengths to grow, create more jobs and address our emerging national challenges, said Senator Feingold. My upcoming legislation to increase funding for Small Business Innovation Research grants could offer important assistance to small businesses.
Water is a key local, state and federal issue, and we applaud Senator Feingold on his involvement in bringing this to the forefront of the national agenda, said Hoffmann. Many businesses and communities are dealing with water availability and quality issues. Federal support of research and product development in the area of water quality helps ensure that people will have the tools they need to access clean water and protect the environment.
We have invested over half of a million dollars in these technologies, and efforts such as Senator Feingolds will encourage companies and communities nationwide to embrace these new technologies to solve problems, added Hoffmann. These technologies can even help them save money while protecting the environment and preserving our most precious natural resource water.