Delaware North Co-CEO Jerry Jacobs Jr. was recently invited to join a new national parks-focused advisory committee for the U.S. Department of the Interior.
The “Made in America” Recreation Advisory Committee, as named by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, will make recommendations on “ways to improve infrastructure on federal lands and waters, as well as expand and enhance visitor access and experiences through public-private partnerships.”
Jacobs will be joined by officials from the private and the non-profit sectors who bring a diversity of expertise and experience to the committee.
The formation of the committee represents the need for creative solutions to solve the growing infrastructure needs in the country’s national parks. Jacobs was seen as a natural fit for the committee as Delaware
North’s parks and resorts business has continued to expand and touches nearly every aspect of the visitor experience — from lodging and concessions, to a growing variety of recreation activities.
“I appreciate that the Department of the Interior is seeking input and insights from industry operators,” Jacobs said. “We all share a goal of preserving our spectacular parks while also making the visitor experience as accessible and enjoyable as possible. I look forward to serving on this advisory committee.”
Jacobs previously served on the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Travel and Tourism Advisory Board, and he is an active member of the U.S. Travel Association.