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Thursday, August 25, 2005

Economic Development: Idaho-Maryland Mine

Ellen and I toured the Idaho-Maryland Mining Corp facility at Clydesdale Court yesterday. Following the short tour we joined the staff, and some community leaders, for a hamburger lunch. It was an opportunity for us to ask question about the mine project and its ceramic manufacturing facility to assess its economic and environmental impact on the community.

We are convinced the mine will have a long term positive impact on our local economy, with 400 manufacturing and resource extraction jobs that cannot be sent offshore. These jobs will become more important to our local economy as globalization captures more of our electronic manufacturing sector. It will become harder and harder for city and county administrators to meet infrastructure needs, when the only tax revenues are from service and tourist generated sales taxes, as manufacturing goes offshore.

If you have questions, the staff and managers are hold a workshop on opening the Idaho-Maryland Mine for the public at the L.O.V.E. Building in Condon Park on August 30, 2005. The workshop presentations will be repeated four times: 2:30pm, 5:00pm, 6:30pm, and 9:00pm. For more details you can call Pat Nelson at 271-0679. Or, visit their web site by clicking (here.)

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