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01/18/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/18/2020 23:07

Governor Announces Participation in Roundup Mining Conference

January 18, 2020 (Wasilla, AK) - Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy today announced he and members of his Cabinet will travel to Vancouver, British Columbia next week to participate in the Association of Mineral Exploration (AME) British Columbia's Roundup Conference. AME's annual Roundup Conference brings together more than 6,500 people and is a driving force for mineral exploration in the Pacific Northwest regions of Canada and the United States.

'I am looking forward to meeting with investors at next week's mining conference in Vancouver and highlighting the benefits of investing in Alaska,' said Governor Dunleavy. 'Alaska has impressive geology and indeed some of the best mineral deposits in the world. I want to assure companies that we are open for business and that under my leadership, we are working to foster attractive policies that encourage mineral development, while at the same time protecting the environment with some of the world's most robust environmental protections. We take pride in that.'

Governor Dunleavy plans to meet with mining companies and investors exploring and operating worldwide, sharing his vision of growth for the future of Alaska's mining industry. In addition, he will explore the exhibit hall and attend the Alaska Night event on Wednesday evening, where he will deliver remarks to the industry.

The Governor will be joined by Commissioners Doug Vincent-Lang, Department of Fish and Game, Corri Feige, Department of Natural Resources, and Jason Brune, Department of Environmental Conservation, who will attend and discuss Department policies that uphold and promote Alaska's regulatory system.

'I grew up in coal country and Rose and I raised our daughters in Northwest Alaska, where they have all worked at the Red Dog Mine. I have seen firsthand the benefits that mining brings to both local communities and the State of Alaska,' said Governor Dunleavy. 'As Governor, I will continue to take the steps necessary to encourage the private investment needed to grow this industry's contributions to Alaska's economy without sacrificing protections for Alaska's air, land, water and wildlife. I believe we can have a balance between responsible resource development and protections for our pristine environment.'

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