We are committed to building open and transparent relationships with all of our stakeholders and community involvement is a key component of Arizona Mining Inc.’s approach to our stakeholder engagement. We have a responsibility to give back to the community in which we work. We are a founding member of the Patagonia Regional Business Coalition which sponsors an annual community-wide clean-up program, gives out scholarships, and contributes to many youth oriented programs.
We contribute annually to the Nogales Unified School District’s Jump Back to School Program, we sponsor the Annual Patagonia Volunteer Fire & Rescue Steak Fry and we will be a Patron of this year’s Patagonia Fall Festival that celebrates music and art.
We actively support many local organizations that improve the quality of life in the areas we operate within, including:
- Arizona Mexico Commission
- Boys and Girls Club of Santa Cruz County
- Charlie Mingus Foundation
- Crossroads Mission
- Lourdes Catholic School
- Nogales Chamber of Commerce
- Nogales High School Hall of Fame
- Nogales Noon Lions
- The Nogales Noon Lions have initiated a vision screening program in their school districts and they’ve got positive feedback on being able to help kids that have a problem - a vision problem - that parents aren’t aware of,” said Marcelino Varona, Jr., who’s been spearheading the project for a year and a half. The Lions Club will initially use the new equipment to screen students in grades K-5 at the Nogales Unified School District, Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District and Little Red School before the school year starts. Thanks to Arizona Mining and their contribution to the Lions’ plan, Varona said during his presentation they plan to include more grade levels each year and add the Patagonia schools as well.
- Nogales/Santa Cruz County Port Authority
- Nogales U of A Alumni Association
- Nogales Unified School District’s Jump Back to School Program
- Close to 1,000 families showed up at Nogales High School for the Jump Back to School event at which agencies from around Santa Cruz County gave out school supplies, uniforms and other treats. NUSD Superintendent Fernando Parra expressed satisfaction with the event. “We’re going to service close to 1,000 families and it is a tremendous benefit to our community, as well as the school,” Parra said. Agencies and businesses such as Arizona Mining, JC Penney, Shoe Carnival, Mariposa Community Health Center, McDonald’s, Peter Piper Pizza and many more contributed to the effort. “The funds come from our private donors and people who are willing to help and make a donation,” Parra said.
- Patagonia Fall Festival
- Patagonia Regional Business Coalition (founding member)
- Patagonia Volunteer Fire Department
- Rio Rico Little League
- Santa Cruz County 4H
- Santa Cruz County Community Foundation
- Santa Cruz County Teacher of the Year Program
- Santa Cruz River Valley Friends of the NRA
- Town of Patagonia
- United Way of Santa Cruz County
Arizona Mining at PRBC Community Forum
Arizona Mining, Inc. executives hosted the Patagonia Regional Business Coalition’s (PRBC) community forum held at the Patagonia Union High School in September 12, 2017. The meeting was led by Chief Operating Officer Don Taylor who gave an overview of the Hermosa Project’s history, and presented the current plans for the project with the purpose of discussing any current issues and questions within Patagonia and the surrounding towns in Santa Cruz County. He introduced the other executive team members in attendance which included: James Gowans, President and CEO; Greg Lucero, Vice President Community and Government Affairs; Johnny Pappas, Director of Environmental and Permitting; Richard Lock, Senior Vice President and Project Director; John Barber, Vice President Mining; Ryan Hoel, Vice President Logistics/Construction and John Gravel, Procurement and Contracts Manager.
There was a large turnout with about 110 people in attendance. The last hour was spent in a Q&A session where Mr. Taylor directly addressed community concerns including road usage, water quality and usage, and noise.
Arizona Mining, Inc. executives hosted the Patagonia Regional Business Coalition’s (PRBC) community forum.
The meeting was led by Chief Operating Officer Don Taylor who gave an overview of the Hermosa Project’s history and presented the current plans for the project.
The last hour was spent in a Q&A session where Mr. Taylor directly addressed community concerns including road usage, water quality and usage, and noise.
AMIGOS Luncheon Led by Arizona Mining Inc. Executives
On Friday, September 8, 2017 the Arizona Mining Inc. executive team joined the Southern Arizona Business Coalition (SABC) to lead the Arizona Mining & Industry Get Our Support (AMIGOS) Luncheon held at the Granite Construction training facilities.
Arizona Mining Inc. Chief Operating Officer Don Taylor led an informative presentation to business representatives, local vendors, and state and local government representatives to explain the company’s current and upcoming project plans.
Among the items discussed were the recent Taylor Deposit drill results and its unique importance to the area, sustainability plans, and local employment and vendor opportunities.
A short question and answer period followed the presentation and attendees were able to meet and speak with the Arizona Mining Inc. executives present: Don Taylor, COO; Greg Lucero, Vice President of Community and Government Affairs; Richard Lock, Senior Vice President and Project Director; John Barber, Vice President of Mining; and Ryan Hoel, Vice President of Logistics/Construction.
Attendees were made up of business owners, local vendors, and local government representatives.
From Left to Right: Don Taylor, Greg Lucero, John Gravel, John Barber, Richard Lock, Ryan Hoel
Attendees were able to meet and speak with Arizona Mining Inc. executives
4th Annual Business Excellence Awards Luncheon
The 4th Annual Business Excellence Awards Luncheon took place on October 4 in Tubac, AZ, and was hosted by the Nogales Santa Cruz County Chamber of Commerce. This luncheon is the Chamber’s most important event of the year and recognizes members who have consistently excelled in their respective fields throughout Santa Cruz County and Nogales.
Arizona Mining Inc. was the Platinum Sponsor for the event and was represented by James Gowans (CEO), Don Taylor (COO), Tom Whelan (CFO), Richard Lock (SVP, Project Director) and Greg Lucero (VP, Community and Government Affairs).
Mr. Lucero, who is also a member of the Chamber’s Board of Directors, Chairman of its Government Affairs Committee and a member of the Nogales City Council, was the emcee for the luncheon. Distinguished guests included US Consul General Virginia Staab, Consul General of Mexico in Nogales, Arizona Ricardo Santana Velazquez, Municipal President of Nogales Sonora,Temo Galindo, CJ Karamargian of Congresswoman McSally’s office; Chris Stoller from Senator Flake’s office, Ruben Reyes from Congressman Grijalva’s office and Tom Forese, Chairman of the Arizona Corporation Commission. The Guest of Honor was Doug Ducey, Governor of the State of Arizona.
Governor Ducey gave a speech that was followed by a question and answer period facilitated by Chamber President Olivia Ainza Kramer. The luncheon ended with awards presentations honoring four special guests with a Business Excellence Award, presented to them by Governor Ducey. This award recognizes local companies, organizations, and individuals for their outstanding work in the Nogales Santa Cruz County business community:
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Emcee Greg Lucero is also a member of the Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors, Chairman of its Government Affairs Committee and a member of the Nogales City Council
Arizona Mining’s Greg Lucero introduces Governor Doug Ducey
Platinum Sponsor: Arizona Mining Inc.
Left to Right: Greg Lucero (VP, Community & Government Affairs), James Gowans (President & CEO), Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, Nogales Santa Cruz County Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Olivia Ainza-Kramer, Don Taylor (COO).
Arizona Mining Presents Potential Plans to Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors
Arizona Mining Inc.’s Chief Operating Officer, Don Taylor, presented at Santa Cruz County’s Board of Supervisors Meeting on October 4, 2017.
Mr. Taylor presented to Board Chair Manuel Ruiz (District 1), Vice Chair Rudy Molera (District 2) and Board Member Bruce Bracker (District 3), community members and Arizona Mining Inc. executives including James Gowans (President & CEO), Greg Lucero (Vice President, Community and Government Affairs), Tom Whelan (Chief Financial Officer) and Richard Lock (Senior Vice President & Project Director) to share potential development plans and project details with the general public and city officials.
Mr. Taylor’s presentation focused on Arizona Mining’s Hermosa-Taylor Project, the company’s commitment to the environment and biodiversity, and its social responsibility to the city of Patagonia. He also spoke about the positive economic impact the project will have on the community if approved for development.
October 4, 2017 - Arizona Mining Inc.’s COO, Don Taylor, presented at the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors Meeting
Arizona Mining Presents Development Plans to Nogales Mayor and City Council Meeting
On October 5, 2017, Arizona Mining Inc.’s Chief Operating Officer Don Taylor presented to the Nogales City Council Meeting city, led by Major John Doyle, on development plans for the Hermosa-Taylor Project.
Mr. Taylor gave a thorough briefing on the global importance and uniqueness of the deposit and also spoke about the positive economic impact the project would have on the surrounding community, including the creation of over 500 new jobs via staffed employees and contractors.
Once the project receives permits, first production could occur in late 2020.
Mr. Taylor spoke about the positive economic impact the project will have on the surrounding communities, including the city of Nogales, Arizona.