Industry has rallied behind the NPI as a neutral, uniting force in raising awareness and support for optics and photonics nationally. For this reason, the NPI is committed to serving as the industry’s voice in Washington. Whether on issues of research and development, fair trade or domestic job creation, the NPI is taking the concerns of the photonics industry directly to those that matter most. Though this process, opportunities for industry to educate and partner with the federal government have emerged. Public-private partnerships are a shining example of the success recognized by industry through the NPI.