ADELLA HARDING Elko Daily Correspondent
After years missed due to COVID-19 in 2020 and the Lake Tahoe wildfire in 2021, the Nevada Mining Association’s Sept. 7-10 convention is sold out.
“We’re totally exhausted and looking forward to it,” Nevada Mining Association chief of staff Alex Walden said, noting attendance will be around 730 people.
The convention will take place at Harrah’s in South Lake Tahoe, beginning with a Caldor Fire Restoration Labor Day on Sept. 7 that Walden says is “full,” with volunteers ready to work on the trails and perform d other cleaning work.
The convention will feature guest speakers including Assemblyman Mark Amodei, R-Nev.
Nevada Mining Association President Tire Gray and Amanda Hilton, outgoing NVMA Board Chair and General Manager of KGHM’s Robinson Mine near Ely, will be the welcome speakers. NVMA’s new president will be Greg Gibson, vice president of operations, Americas for SSR Mining.
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Gray said in this week’s newsletter to the association about the convention that “over four days, attendees will network, learn about the latest industry trends and celebrate another fantastic year of mining. of Nevada”.
On Sept. 8, “Our Nevada Mining Industry” presentations from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. will be given by Amodei, who served as president of the Nevada Mining Association in 2007-2008; Congresswoman Maggie Carlton, D-Las Vegas; Assemblyman Philip PK O’Neill, R-Carson City; and State Senator Dina Neal, D-North Las Vegas.
Regan Comis, lobbyist for R&R Partners, will also speak at this event; Brian Gordon, director at Applied Analysis; Ken Schmidt, former director of communications for Harley Davidson Motor Co.; and Jesse Wadhams, lobbyist at Black & Wadhams Law.
Events on September 8 will also include golf and the Reverse Expo, which Walden says is also sold out. The Reverse Expo allows suppliers to meet mining companies at their tables.
On September 9, the program includes fishing, golf, an e-bike tour and an Emerald Day cruise.
The final day will include discussions on water policy and lithium in the morning, with speakers Allen Biaggi, director of A. Biaggi and Associates and former director of the Nevada Department of Conservation; Emily Hersch, Founder and CEO of Luna Lithium; and Kyle J. Davis of Pinyon Public Affairs.
The Safety Awards Luncheon will follow with Tim Watkins, Assistant Administrator for Mine Safety and Health Enforcement.
“The convention is also an opportunity to celebrate the recipients of the association’s Operator Safety Awards, which were announced in August. The awards shine a light on Nevada mining operations that exemplify the industry’s commitment to workplace safety and seeing their employees return home healthy at the end of every shift,” Gray said. in the newsletter.
Alongside the presentations, there will be evening social gatherings, including receptions and a game of poker.