Annual AMA Fall Convention & Trade Show Starts Tuesday
The Alaska Miners Association kicks off its annual Fall Convention & Trade Show at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center on Tuesday, November 6. The event is an opportunity for members of one of Alaska’s largest industries to come together to discuss innovations and what’s to come for the year ahead. Below are a few points of interest in the convention's agenda (to view the entire convention program, click here):
Luncheon Keynote Speakers
- Tuesday, November 6 - Senator Dan Sullivan starts the week with an election overview and Washington, DC update.
- Wednesday, November 7 - Joe Balash, US Department of Interior Assistant Secretary of Lands and Minerals, will headline Wednesday with important updates from federal land agencies.
- Thursday, November 8 - Luke Creagh, General Manager of Northern Star Resources, the new owners of Pogo Mine will discuss what’s to come for the project.
- Wednesday, November 7 - New UAA Chancellor Cathy Sandeen along with representatives from Alaska’s other universities will speak at the University and Friends Breakfast at 7:00 a.m.
- Thursday, November 8 - AMA and Alaska Support Industry Alliance co-hosted breakfast meeting will feature a post-election outlook by former Alaska House Majority Leader Ralph Samuels, Americans for Prosperity's Jeremy Price, Senator Cathy Giessel, Representative and Candidate for Senate Chris Birch, and Representative Tammie Wilson. This forum will be moderated by Sarah Erkmann Ward of Blueprint Alaska.
Other Points of Interest
Throughout the week, there will be opportunities to support Alaska Resource Education. On Tuesday, November 6, Senator Dan Sullivan will participate in an Alaska Resource Education activity to practice assessing ‘core samples’ on cookies as a fundraiser and photo opportunity.
An addition to this year’s conference is “The Prospectors’ Tent”, a project that had been in the works for a couple years. It will feature independent prospectors or early- exploration projects displaying their mineral prospects and discoveries. It aims to provide a venue for prospectors to share their discoveries as an important opportunities that may lead to new discoveries, prospects, and partnerships in Alaska.
This year will be particularly interesting with the convention running during the midterm election. The much-discussed Ballot Measure 1 has the potential to have an economic impact on the mining industry in Alaska. Throughout the day on Tuesday, attendees will be reminded and encouraged to take scheduled breaks to vote. Representatives from AMA will be on hand to speak about the impact the election results will have on the Alaska mining industry.