On February 23rd, IMA-NA along with other members of the Minerals Science Information Coalition (MSIC) sent a letter of support to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in response to the 2015 initiatives of the National Minerals Information Center (NMIC). As the only NMIC and the Minerals Resources Program (MRP) are the primary providers of minerals science and information, IMA-NA and the Coalition are very interested in seeing greater investment in forward thinking initiatives. In January Steve M. Fortier, Director of NMIC, sent a letter outlining the various activities and initiatives for 2015, some of which seem to indicate a move towards forward thinking research. Ideally, MSIC would like to see the minerals science programs restored to their previous funding levels and perhaps expanded to create new forecasting abilities. Minerals are the building blocks for our lifestyles and as such we need accurate information on existing stores in order to responsibly develop the resources. MSIC is supportive of the direction Director Fortier is currently steering NMIC. To read Director Fortier's letter and the Coalition's response click on the attachments.