WHEREAS, mining was the primary driving force for early development of Alaska and has continued to play a vital role in our economy; and
WHEREAS, from the Alaska Natives who mined and traded jade, to the sourdoughs who flooded north to pan for gold, to the engineers who built mines and mills in remote areas, to the modern-day mining professionals who seek to produce secure supplies of rare-earth critical minerals for advanced-technology products, mining has provided precious resources and desirable jobs; and
WHEREAS, mining is a high tech industry that requires professionals from a range of engineering, scientific, environmental, and equipment-operating disciplines, who are dedicated to the responsible development of Alaska’s resources, while often enduring difficult working conditions; and
WHEREAS, Alaska’s mining industry includes exploration, mine development, and mineral production. Alaska is home to six large producing mines that generate a combined total of $3 billion in annual gross mineral production and provide full-time employment to 4,200 people. In addition, there are more than 200 small-scale mining operations that produce 85,000 ounces of gold each year and employ 1,700 people; and
WHEREAS, the mining industry results in establishment of the basic infrastructure, including roads, airports and harbors; power generation and transmission systems; telecommunications; and commercial enterprises; and
WHEREAS, on May 10, we recognize the individuals and the industry who played an important role in developing and settling the territory and state, and who continue to contribute to the economy of Alaska.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Michael J. Dunleavy, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF ALASKA, do hereby proclaim May 10, 2019 as:
Alaska Mining Day
in Alaska, and encourage all Alaskans to recognize the importance of mining in the founding and early development of Alaska’s history, and to appreciate the efforts of all Alaskans involved in the mining industry today.