Leadville Mining: Good Deeds and Good News
In mining news from Leadville Today, a couple of good news strikes for Freeport McMoran, Inc. and the National Mining Museum, as one announces its re-opening for the summer season and the other grabs the spotlight for being named to the Civic 50 List. That and a link to an interesting story from Forbes Magazine about two mining giants who do business right here in Leadville’s backyard and are seeing a very different ride on the international financial markets. Get caught up on how Freeport and Newmont are faring in 2020.
Museum Re-Opens; Free to Local Thru July 18
On Friday, June 19 after being closed for three months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum’s (NMHFM) re-opened its doors to 25,000 square feet of wonderful exhibits celebrating all things mining!
“Our staff is performing frequent cleaning of restrooms and commonly-touched surfaces to protect visitors’ health,” said the museum’s Executive Director Stephen Whittington. In addition, interactive parts of exhibits have been disabled or removed and some areas remain closed to minimize the risk of transmitting the virus.
“However, we have some exciting new exhibits that we think will make up for the lack of interactive elements,” he said encouraging people to come and visit the popular tourist destination with plenty of room for social distancing. However, please note that all visitors to the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum are requested to wear a face mask to protect the staff and other visitors from COVID-19.
The museum will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until 4:45 p.m. Lake County residents can visit the museum for free through July 18. Regular admission is $12 for non-resident adults. Discounts are available for seniors, students, the military, and AAA members. Whittington added that the NMHFM has received loans and grants from the federal government, the City of Leadville, and the Leadville Lake County Economic Development Corporation to meet payroll and pay bills until visitation grows to the levels of previous summers.
“Offering free admission to Lake County residents for a month is our way of saying ‘thanks’ for the support,” he concluded.
The NMHFM’s mission is to tell the story of mining, its people, its importance to the American public, and to society’s sustainability. The NMHFM web site provides additional information about the museum.
Freeport Named Leader for the Civic 50
For the eighth consecutive year, Freeport-McMoRan has been named to the Civic 50 list of most community-minded companies in the U.S., and was again named as the Materials Sector Leader in recognition of the company’s significant community engagement.
The Civic 50, an initiative of Points of Light, recognizes the 50 most community-minded companies in the nation each year as determined by an annual survey that exclusively measures corporate involvement in communities.
For example, Freeport-McMoRan employees volunteered more than 36,000 hours last year with community-based organizations through episodic projects as well as skills-based initiatives and long-term charitable board service. The company also continued to advance biodiversity and conservation efforts near our sites and engage with community stakeholders across the enterprise to identify and address desired social outcomes.
“We are proud to receive this honor again, which is a meaningful validation of our ongoing commitment to help accelerate positive change in our communities, today and for future generations,” said Tracy Bame, Director-Community Development and Social Responsibility.
Each year, public and private companies with revenues of $1 billion or more are invited to take the survey, which is based on the Points of Light’s Civic Engagement Framework – a roadmap for companies committed to drive social impact in their business and communities.
Civic 50 honorees are selected based on four dimensions of their community engagement programs and social impact: strategic investment, business integration, fostering civic culture and measuring impact.
“Points of Light believes that now more than ever, companies must drive transformative social change around the world,” said Natalye Paquin, President and Chief Executive Officer, Points of Light. “We thank Freeport-McMoRan for their investment and look forward to supporting them in innovating and expanding this work.”
To learn more about The Civic 50, or more information on Freeport-McMoRan’s corporate citizenship initiatives, visit freeportinmycommunity.com.
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