Myrtle Beach, US: Management Association for Private Photogrammetric Surveyors (MAPPS) presented Public Service Award to Nicholas “Miki” Schmidt, Coastal Geospatial Services Division Chief, of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coastal Services Center, Charleston, US.
Schmidt was recognised for forging public-private partnerships, and inter-agency and inter-governmental arrangements to carry out NOAA projects that promote economic development and environmental balance in America’s coastal communities. John Palatiello, Executive Director, MAPPS, said, “Miki has been a great advocate for the utilisation of the products and service provided by the private sector to achieve mission success in government programmes.”
“The programme Miki leads is a ‘best practices’ model for how collaboration among government entities, contracting with the private sector for commercially available services, and the employment of qualifications in the delivery of solutions results in geospatial applications that NOAA, other Federal agencies, and state and local coastal resource management organisations implement to address complex coastal issues,” Palatiello said.
The Public Service Award was established by the MAPPS Board of Directors to recognize and honour employees in public service positions who have made extraordinary contributions to the public and the geospatial profession in their government service roles.