Badger Meter Named One Of Ten Best Businesses Partnering With The Arts In America

​​The Wisconsin Arts Board (WAB) congratulates Milwaukee-based Badger Meter for being recognized by the Business Council for the Arts as one of our nation’s top arts friendly businesses. 

"We’re delighted to have partnered with the United Performing Arts Fund and The Water Council in our successful nomination of Badger Meter for this honor,” said George Tzougros, WAB Executive Director.  “This well-deserved award is because Badger Meter both understands that the performing arts improve the quality of life in Southeastern Wisconsin and actively works with the arts community to offer important arts education opportunities, boost the economy, and engage diverse audiences.”

Tzougros continued, “Our nomination also specifically highlighted the leadership of Rich Meeusen, the company’s chairman, president and chief executive officer, who is a key spokesperson for the need for STEAM vs. STEM.  Adding Art and Design to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) transforms research policy, encourages integration in education, and influences employers to hire artists and designers to drive innovation.”

Presented every year by the Business Committee for the Arts (BCA), a division of Americans for the Arts, the BCA 10 awards honor 10 U.S. companies for their exceptional commitment to the arts through grants, local partnerships, volunteer programs, matching gifts, sponsorships, and board membership.

The BCA 10 Awards will be presented by Americans for the Arts on October 5, 2016, at a black-tie gala at the Central Park Boathouse in New York City. The 2016 honorees are:

  • Austin Energy (Austin, TX)
  • Badger Meter (Milwaukee, WI)
  • CopperPoint Insurance Companies (Phoenix, AZ)
  • (Burlington, VT)
  • Dogfish Head Craft Brewery (Milton, DE)
  • Dunlap Codding (Oklahoma City, OK)
  • Johnson & Johnson (New Brunswick, NJ)
  • M Powered Strategies, Inc. (Washington, DC)
  • Northern Trust (Chicago, IL)
  • Procter & Gamble (Cincinnati, OH)

"We are grateful to honor these businesses for their exceptional involvement in ensuring that the arts thrive in their communities," said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. "These businesses provide the arts with significant financial and in-kind support, and they incorporate meaningful arts-related programs into their employee, customer, and community relations activities. They enrich the lives of millions of Americans and truly set a standard for other businesses to follow." 

Americans for the Arts is the leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America. With offices in Washington, D.C. and New York City, it has a record of more than 50 years of service. Americans for the Arts is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. Additional information is available at

Founded in 1967 by David Rockefeller, the Business Committee for the Arts (BCA), a division of Americans for the Arts, encourages, inspires, and stimulates businesses to support the arts in the workplace, in education, and in the community. The Business Committee for the Arts merged with Americans for the Arts’ in 2008. For information regarding BCA 10, please contact Emily Peck, Vice President of Private Sector Initiatives at (202) 371-2830 or via e-mail at​​.

The Wisconsin Arts Board is the state agency which nurtures creativity, cultivates expression, promotes the arts, supports the arts in education, stimulates community and economic development and serves as a resource for people of every culture and heritage.  Since 1973, the Arts Board has supported artists and arts organizations with funds from the state legislature and the National Endowment for the arts.  Additional information is available at​.

The United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF) was founded in 1967 to support performing arts groups in the Greater Milwaukee area. UPAF’s three-part mission is to raise much needed funds to support entertainment excellence, to promote the performing arts as a regional asset and to responsibly steward the dollars our donors so generously give.  Additional information is available at

The Water Council, the only organization of its kind in the United States, was established in 2009 by Milwaukee-area businesses, education and government leaders. The non-profit organization, consisting of more than 180 members, is linking together global water technology companies, innovative water entrepreneurs, government agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGO), acclaimed academic research programs and some of the nation’s brightest and most energetic water professionals.  Additional information is available at​