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Mining People Magazine

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In Superior, the company has committed $1.2

million to help modernize classrooms with

laptops, tablets, and other educational technology

with a focus on STEM (Science, Technology,

Engineering, & Math) topics and early reading

and math milestones. In the nearby town of Globe,

Resolution has partnered with schools to build a

robotics program, which has grown in the last five

years to include hundreds of kids – and produced

a team that placed in world championship

competition.

“We send our people to work with the robotics

team. Our engineers are mentoring them. We’ve

had them come to the site and sort of see the

real-world problems that we face and how a robot

might be the solution, and then saying, ‘Take

that to your class and see if you might be able to

come up with a solution that we might be able to

implement,’” Klenk says.

“So it’s really these two-way partnership with

these schools to help build and develop a local

workforce because you hear a lot in today’s

society: The careers the kids are going to have

in 20 years don’t exist yet… and even though

mining has been around for thousands of years,

the actual jobs and tasks that we are going to

have on the mine site when we’re operating don’t

exist yet.”

The company is also investing in things that look

even farther into the future – to the eventual end

of the mine’s estimated 40-year operation. Unlike

the company towns of the past, where everything

was built to serve the interests of a company, Klenk

says Resolution hopes to drive diversification of

the town’s economy alongside the mine – to a

21st-century town that is anything but dependent.

“For us, one of the important aspects in working with this

community here is transforming the mindset of a mining town

into a town with a mine,” he says. “When we walk away 40+

years from now, and this operation shuts down, we feel like it’s

a responsibility to make sure the town is sustainable and can

continue moving forward after we’re gone.”

Right now, that includes encouragement for small business and

investments in recreation tourism that takes advantage of the

area’s rock climbing and trails. While some existing trails will be

closed for safety reasons because of the mine, the company is

replacing them by funding new trails designed by the community.

Klenk says a revitalized Superior may have a promising future for

recreation and other tourism-based amenities in part because

of its close proximity to Phoenix, one of the most populated

cities in the country, which is just 60 miles to the west.

Moving Forward

The mine itself will be massive: Its footprint will be around 11

square miles. Klenk says it’s one of the world’s largest untapped

ore deposits – large enough to meet 25 percent of US demand

significantly more costly… but we have to be a partner with the

communities we’re working in.”

Another important outcome of community input: the preservation

of Apache Leap, a defining landform above the town of Superior

and another exercise in weighing the intangible value of a place

to the tribes and community above the dollar value of a little

more copper.

It’s a spirit of collaboration that is both ideological and practical:

A mining company that acts as a good neighbor from the

beginning sets the tone for a positive long-term relationship in

the community where it operates.

Resolution is also investing in the community in other ways

that the company views as a win-win, from helping to pay for

emergency services that are needed by the community as well

as the mine, to investing in the local schools that are currently

educating members of the mine’s future workforce.

“Kids right now that are in 2nd grade are going to be the first

class leaving high school and coming into our more entry-level

positions at the age that they could work for us,” says Klenk.

“We want the best and brightest to stick around. We want to

give these kids a path that lets them stay in their hometown.”

Smelter built in the early 20th

century when mining was

taking place on site. It has

since been removed.

A Galloway

is a multi-

decked platform

suspended near

bottom of shaft

during sinking.

It carries part of

the equipment

in use and

can be raised

or lowered as

required during

development.

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