WaterStart Launches New Brand, Aims to Provide Global Channel for Innovation

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LAS VEGAS – WaterStart, a cluster of global leaders in the implementation of water innovation, recently rebranded and unveiled a new website. Since 2013, WaterStart – formerly known as the Nevada Center of Excellence in Water – has worked to make Nevada a channel for innovation by leveraging the state’s leadership and expertise in water. The new www.waterstart.com highlights the company’s approach, including identifying the technology needs of its partners, business recruitment and workforce development.Originally founded in 2013, WaterStart’s repositioning comes at a time when water resource management and sustainability will be vital to maintaining quality of life and economic development in communities around the world. With world-renowned experts at the helm, WaterStart is poised to become a leading source for water research, innovation and commercialization.

“WaterStart operates in a region of proven first adopters,” said Nate Allen, Executive Director for WaterStart. “Our goal is to leverage statewide partners in order to create an international hub for technology companies working in concert to meet challenges in water today and in the future.”

Working Together to Build a Sustainable Water Future

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Water challenges are facing communities and regions across the United States, impacting millions of lives and costing billions of dollars in damages. These challenges are particularly problematic in predominantly poor, minority, or rural communities, where water inequality can go hand-in-hand with socioeconomic inequality. Recent events, including record-breaking drought in the West, severe flooding in the Southeast, and the water-quality crisis in Flint, MI, have elevated a national dialogue on the state of our Nation’s water resources and infrastructure. This dialogue is increasingly important as a growing population and changing climate continue to exacerbate water challenges. Accordingly, we must work together to build a sustainable water future—one in which everyone has access to the safe, clean, and affordable water they need, when and where they need it.That’s why today, as part of World Water Day, the White House is hosting a Water Summit to shine a spotlight on the importance of cross-cutting, creative solutions to solving the water problems of today, as well as to highlight the innovative strategies that will catalyze change in how we use, conserve, protect, and think about water in the years to come.In addition, following the White House’s call to action issued in December, more than 150 external institutions are joining the Federal government in announcing new efforts and commitments to enhance the sustainability of water in the United States by managing our water resources and infrastructure for the long term. These efforts and commitments include needed steps to accelerate development, demonstration, and deployment of innovative technologies; support critical research; enhance data collection, access, and usability; conserve water and water basins; raise public awareness; and deliver tools and technologies so that we can ensure that future generations have access to safe and reliable water resources.

Click here to learn more about all of the commitments and announcements being made today, including:

WaterStart (founded as Nevada’s Water Center of Excellence) is a public-private partnership that has raised more than $2 million to help address the biggest technical challenges to managing water in Nevada. Today, WaterStart is announcing that MGM Resorts is joining the partnership to recruit, evaluate, and demonstrate new water technologies.

SOURCE: https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/the-press-office/2016/03/22/fact-sheet-working-together-build-sustainable-water-future

MGM Resorts and WaterStart Announce Collaboration on Water Technologies

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LAS VEGAS, March 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — In an effort to identify new sustainable water technologies and incorporate them into its global operations, MGM Resorts International (MGM) has partnered with WaterStart.The partnership, announced today on World Water Day, is designed to advance WaterStart’s mission to make Nevada a channel for innovation by leveraging the state’s leadership and expertise in water. Additionally, the strategic alignment will extend the reach of MGM Resorts’ long-standing commitment to environmental sustainability by establishing innovative water practices across the company’s resorts.“As a company, we are always exploring new solutions to help conserve our natural resources,” said Cindy Ortega, Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer for MGM Resorts. “This partnership will provide the opportunity to host technology testing that could have a tremendous positive impact on water conservation world-wide.”

In coordination with MGM Resorts, WaterStart will create and maintain an innovations priority list for water-related technologies, as well as identify and evaluate the applicability of technologies for use in MGM operations. Additionally, WaterStart will leverage its local and international network to conduct research and utilize MGM operations as a test-bed for companies working to improve water resource management and sustainability.

“Working with MGM will allow WaterStart to catalyze technology development and research in an area of critical importance to our state,” said Nate Allen, Executive Director for WaterStart. “Few regions in the world are more efficient at managing their water resources than Nevada. WaterStart’s partnership with MGM signals to the international community that our market has a strong demand for innovation, which in turn will attract more proven first adopters. We welcome MGM Resorts International as a member and hope to work with them in developing the sustainable solutions of both today and tomorrow.”

MGM Resorts International is committed to being a global leader in sustainability and stewardship of the environment. The company’s environmentally responsible practices have saved approximately 1.2 billion gallons of water.

About MGM Resorts International

MGM Resorts International (MGM) is one of the world’s leading global hospitality companies, operating a portfolio of destination resort brands including Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage. The Company is in the process of developing MGM National Harbor in Maryland and MGM Springfield in Massachusetts. The Company also owns 51 percent of MGM China Holdings Limited, which owns the MGM Macau resort and casino and is developing a gaming resort in Cotai, and 50 percent of CityCenter in Las Vegas, which features ARIA Resort and Casino. MGM Resorts is a FORTUNE Magazine World’s Most Admired Company. For more information about MGM Resorts International, visit the Company’s website at www.mgmresorts.com.

About WaterStart (formerly Nevada’s Center of Excellence)

WaterStart operates in a region of proven first adopters, sitting at the nexus of technology, research and economic development. WaterStart provides channels for innovation for various stakeholders and water resource managers; including: technology companies, management agencies and policy makers and provides services ranging from commercialization funding to business development. As it continues to bring together strategic resources and expertise, its core mission will create quality job growth and help diversify the economy of the region. For more information, visit www.waterstart.com.

MGM Resorts and WaterStart Announce Collaboration on Water Tech and Research

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LAS VEGAS, NV – (March 22, 2016) – In an effort to identify new sustainable water technologies and incorporate them into its global operations, MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) has partnered with WaterStart.The partnership, announced today on World Water Day, is designed to advance WaterStart’s mission to make Nevada a channel for innovation by leveraging the state’s leadership and expertise in water. Additionally, the strategic alignment will extend the reach of MGM Resorts’ long-standing commitment to environmental sustainability by establishing innovative water practices across the company’s resorts.“As a company, we are always exploring new solutions to help conserve our natural resources,” said Cindy Ortega, Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer for MGM Resorts. “This partnership will provide the opportunity to host technology testing that could have a tremendous positive impact on water conservation world-wide.”

In coordination with MGM Resorts, WaterStart will create and maintain an innovations priority list for water-related technologies, as well as identify and evaluate the applicability of technologies for use in MGM operations. Additionally, WaterStart will leverage its local and international network to conduct research and utilize MGM operations as a test-bed for companies working to improve water resource management and sustainability.

“Working with MGM will allow WaterStart to catalyze technology development and research in an area of critical importance to our state,” said Nate Allen, Executive Director for WaterStart. “Few regions in the world are more efficient at managing their water resources than Nevada. WaterStart’s partnership with MGM signals to the international community that our market has a strong demand for innovation, which in turn will attract more proven first adopters. We welcome MGM Resorts International as a member and hope to work with them in developing the sustainable solutions of both today and tomorrow.”

MGM Resorts International is committed to being a global leader in sustainability and stewardship of the environment. The company’s environmentally responsible practices have saved approximately 1.2 billion gallons of water.

About MGM Resorts International
MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is one of the world’s leading global hospitality companies, operating a portfolio of destination resort brands including Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage. The Company is in the process of developing MGM National Harbor in Maryland and MGM Springfield in Massachusetts. The Company also owns 51 percent of MGM China Holdings Limited, which owns the MGM Macau resort and casino and is developing a gaming resort in Cotai, and 50 percent of CityCenter in Las Vegas, which features ARIA Resort and Casino. MGM Resorts is a FORTUNE Magazine World’s Most Admired Company. For more information about MGM Resorts International, visit the Company’s website at www.mgmresorts.com.

About WaterStart (formerly Nevada’s Center of Excellence)
WaterStart operates in a region of proven first adopters, sitting at the nexus of technology, research and economic development. WaterStart provides channels for innovation for various stakeholders and water resource managers; including: technology companies, management agencies and policy makers and provides services ranging from commercialization funding to business development. As it continues to bring together strategic resources and expertise, its core mission will create quality job growth and help diversify the economy of the region. For more information, visit www.waterstart.com.

MGM Resorts International media contact:
Rey Bouknight
rbouknight@mgmresorts.com
Ph: (702) 692-6706

WaterStart media contact:
Anthony J. Ruiz
press@nevadacoe.org
Ph: (702) 862-5416

Syrinix Announces Entry into Nevada

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Syrinix, a leading provider of intelligent pipeline monitoring solutions, is excited to announce its entry into the state of Nevada, USA.

Following a succession of meetings with WaterStart, the Governor’s office of Economic Development (GOED), the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA), and the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA), Syrinix’s PipeMinder has been approved for installation to give a clearer picture of events and stresses on the Nevada State networks.

With its ‘always on’ high resolution monitoring, PipeMinder provides a view of pressures, flows and stresses on supply networks, utilizing a cloud based data analytics platform – RADAR. This level of detailed information enables utilities to make informed planning decisions with reference to asset management and infrastructure maintenance.

“Nevada offers a fantastic opportunity for Syrinix to spread the reach of its advanced technologies, with the SNWA offering itself up as a centre of excellence for other utilities to view their findings and spread the importance of this kind of monitoring,” said Cliff Jones, Senior Vice President at Syrinix. “Deployed across a network, PipeMinder offers accuracy and peace of mind not yet seen in the industry, opening up a major new front in network calming, monitoring and leakage and burst reduction strategies.”

“The Governor’s trade mission to Europe last summer was an incredible opportunity to showcase the water economy that we are developing in our state and opened up the channels to partner with innovative water tech companies such as Syrinix to address the needs of WaterStart clients,” said Steve Hill, Director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. “As a desert state with a dense population and large water demand, our municipal water systems need to be able to function at a high level under high demand. The technology that Syrinix brings to southern Nevada will enhance the region’s water conservation and allow the company to expand to the United States for the first time.”

“Nevada is at the cutting-edge of managing water resources more effectively,” said Nate Allen, Executive Director at WaterStart. “We are excited to add Syrinix to the growing list of water technology companies working to spur innovation and economic growth in the state of Nevada.”

“Syrinix will benefit from Nevada’s longstanding position as a global leader in water innovation,” said Morgan Bunker, Vice President of Economic Development of the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA). “As we prepare for the future, we are focused on both sustainability in economic development as well as sustainability as economic development.”

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About Syrinix:

Founded in 2004, award-winning Syrinix is a global leader in the development of pipeline monitoring solutions. Providing high resolution data and automated analysis, Syrinix’s solutions allow utilities to manage their networks with extended asset lifetimes, reduced leakage and lower operating costs. TrunkMinder provides risk management for high consequence trunk mains, identifying and precisely locating emerging leaks. TrunkMinder uses a 4-dimensional sensor array which makes it the most effective monitoring system available. Launched in 2016, PipeMinder detects and tracks damaging pressure spikes within pipeline networks incorporating flow monitoring with immediate notifications.

www.syrinix.com

About WaterStart (formerly Nevada’s Center of Excellence in Water):

With world-renowned experts at the helm, WaterStart is a leading resource for global and municipal water management and sustainability in the Southwestern United States and across the globe.

WaterStart aims to make Nevada a channel for innovation by leveraging the state’s leadership and expertise in water. Its business model involves a joint venture between academic, public, and the private sector. Each of WaterStart’s partners brings together strategic resources and expertise, connecting water management agencies, technology companies, and policy makers in order to spur economic growth in the water sector.

About Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance:

The Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance is a 501(c)6 membership organization dedicated to growing the economy in Southern Nevada through connectivity, community development, and strong business recruitment, retention and outreach.  LVGEA’s vision is to help Southern Nevada residents thrive in a global economy by fostering a more prosperous, diverse and connected regional economy.  For more information, call 702.791.0000 or visit

www.lvgea.org.

For additional information, please contact:

Suzy Robb
Marketing Manager
Syrinix Ltd
Direct: +44 1953 859128
suzy.robb@syrinix.com
www.syrinix.com

Anthony J. Ruiz
Director, Marketing & Community Partnerships
WaterStart and
Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance
Direct: (702) 522-3355
www.lvgea.org