The increasing pace of science and technology continues to accelerate capabilities in the atmospheric and hydrologic disciplines. As an outgrowth of public and private-sector investment in weather, climate, and hydrology, new and innovative means have evolved to acquire, integrate, and communicate critical weather, water, climate knowledge and warning information to the public based on these technological achievements. Like the Fair Weather: Effective Partnerships in Weather and Climate Services report that was published in 2003, recent studies by the National Academy of Sciences, the National Research Council, the National Academy for Public Administration, and the NOAA-commissioned JPSS Gap Mitigation: Analysis of Alternatives report, provide insights on the health and vitality of the Enterprise. These reports show that federal agencies working with their Enterprise partners can produce well-formulated strategies to directly return societal benefits. The greatest national good is achieved when all parts of the Enterprise function to serve business, industry and the public. Building on these reports, the 2014 AMS Washington Forum highlights the Enterprise’s considerable advances in shared research, technology development, observations, data sources, social science research and improved end-user access of shared resources and their benefit to society.