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Scoring commitment to community in Michigan

January 28, 2013

While officials at Rio Tinto know that minerals mines make good neighbors, they’re constantly working to more deeply evaluate how well the company addresses community concerns.

In order to “build community trust and confidence in our ability to construct, operate and close a world class mine in the Upper Peninsula, [Michigan],” Rio Tinto created the Eagle Mine Community Scorecard.

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Upsurge in mining employment leads to career fair

January 25, 2013

Despite high unemployment rates, the citizens of the Iron Range, the northeastern corner of Minnesota, have experienced a 25 percent upsurge in mining employment over the last two years. According to Mesabi Daily News, a first-ever Mining Industry Day is planned at the Minnesota Discovery Center (MDC). According to planners, “it’s the place to be for information on a wide range of mining jobs.”

The event is a partnership effort with the Minnesota Workforce Center and the MDC and will feature information on both entry-level and highly skilled jobs.

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DOE launches critical minerals hub to support American innovation

January 18, 2013

This week, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory opened a $120 million Innovation Hub for Critical Minerals in Ames, Iowa. The new Hub, officially known as the Critical Materials Institute (CMI), will make domestic rare earth mining economically viable over the next five years by developing alternative methods for extracting rare earth elements from ore, helping to reduce importing and production costs.

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Alaska students earn credit through mining

January 17, 2013

As of December 2012, the unemployment rate for teens was 23.5 percent, more than three times that of their adult counterparts.

But the Associated Press reports that the mining sector is offering high school seniors in Alaska unique opportunities to earn high school and college credit and even paid summer internships.

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Guest post: Virginia’s minerals mean jobs

January 14, 2013

As a geologist, I am keenly aware that all of us depend on a wide variety of minerals every day to enhance our quality of life; many of these minerals are mined in my home state of Virginia. As the official state geologist, I am also aware that minerals play an important role in powering our state and national economy by creating jobs. Statewide, we have approximately 430 non-fuel or “mineral” mines employing more than 8,000 people.  The sites include quarries, sand and gravel pits and other surface and underground mining operations that supply various industries.  These industries manufacture products that play important roles in our daily lives.

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