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Neil Jacobs, acting administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Acting NOAA leader stresses importance of public-private partnerships

The acting administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the private sector is playing an increasingly important role in its work across the board, including space.

In a Jan. 21 speech at a Maryland Space Business Roundtable luncheon here, Neil Jacobs said the role of companies has evolved from providing value-added services based on NOAA data to partners in his agency’s core missions, such as weather forecasting.

“I really view a lot of folks in industry as partners, as stakeholders,” he said. “I no longer view the private sector as a value-add industry, but those who can help us achieve our mission.”

Jacobs said NOAA was studying ways to enhance that partnership. “We are in the process of trying to figure out public-private and academic relationships with our stakeholders to construct a win-win business model,” he said.

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