THE IDEA to form a water technology cluster in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana stems from an EPA initiative that recognizes the importance of harnessing regional expertise to encourage economic development, and environmental and human health protection.

THE SUCCESS of technology clusters is based on committed strategic partnerships among key organizations from seven area sectors: universities, large corporations, emerging companies, federal government, state government, local government, and economic development associations.

OUR REGION’s current resources and past successes in technology transfer highlight the capability to meet the demands required of today’s environmental technology development—initially in water technologies.

NOW IS THE TIME for the Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana region to come together to build and maintain a vibrant, technology-driven economy that influences positive change in the way we protect human health and the environment.


Collaborate to establish the region as a global leader in sustainable, environmental technology innovation, with an initial emphasis on water.


To identify, test, develop and commercialize innovative technologies to solve environmental challenges and spur sustainable economic development and job creation, by:

  • Attracting the best and brightest scientists and entrepreneurs
  • Promoting economic development through the creation and attraction of jobs and investment
  • Becoming the world’s source for practical and affordable solutions and sustainable practices


Confluence is a concentration of interconnected organizations that work together to promote economic growth and technological innovation in the water space.  To harness the wealth of water technology innovation found in Southern Ohio, Northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana, our leadership comes from organizations across our geographic Region.

  • Dr. Patrick A. Limbach, Vice President for Research, University of Cincinnati - Board President
  • William L. Scheyer, President, Skyward - Board Vice President
  • Verna Arnette, Deputy Director, Greater Cincinnati Water Works - Board Secretary
  • John Menninger, Principal, Stantech - Board Treasurer
  • Michele Simmons, Environmental Manager, City of Dayton Water Department
  • Jim Uber, CEO, CitiLogics

Executive Director, Melinda Kruyer

Finance Director, Roger Smith