Published On: 11/24/2015

World’s largest professional mining society will hold annual meeting in Salt Lake City

Attendees are expected to bring more than $5 million to the local economy Feb. 23-26, 2014

The 2014 Annual Meeting and Exhibit of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME) will be held at the Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center February 23-26, 2014, and will bring together more than 5,500 mining industry professionals from more than 30 countries, feature 801 exhibit booths, provide nearly 700 professional papers presented in 117 technical sessions, and 8 professional short courses plus technical field trips and a visit to the Bingham Canyon Mine. More than $5 million in direct delegate spending will be generated into the local economy by meeting attendees, according to the Salt Lake City Visitors and Convention Bureau.*

“We are pleased to be meeting in Salt Lake City,” said SME Executive Director David L. Kanagy. “Utah holds mineral deposits in 24 of its 29 counties, and the economic viability provided by these resources add to the strength of the entire nation. Utah provides many of the critical raw materials that support myriad market sectors from communications and transportation, to energy and electronics, recreation and agriculture, the clothes we wear and the cars we drive.”

The annual meeting will commence with a special keynote session “Community Engagement: Building Partnerships for Mining” on Monday, Feb. 24, beginning at 8:30 am in the Salt Palace Ballroom. This dynamic session will feature a panel of experts who represent non-government organizations and mining companies who work to ensure a social, economic and environmental balance in the development of mines. The session will be moderated by John Hollenhorst of KSL-TV. Panelists include senior executives representing the International Council on Mining and Metals, the Wildlife Habitat Council, Conservation International, Africare, Newmont Mining Corp., Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold and the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank. The panel will address the opportunities and benefits achieved through extraction, processing, the use of minerals and metals and an assessment of the economic, social and environmental costs and risks of doing so. The U.S. Geological Survey estimates that mineral commodities in the United States were transformed into $2.4 trillion worth of goods and services in 2012, an amount equal to 15 percent of total U.S. GDP.

SME and the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) are proud to announce the launch of the newest BSA merit badge, Mining in Society. After almost a decade of advocacy, BSA designated SME to lead the development of the new merit badge. This opportunity aligns with SME’s commitment to foster understanding about the positive impact mining and minerals make on the American quality of life, and development of the badge became a mission of many of the Society’s members and industry partners. To commemorate the introduction of the merit badge, local Boy Scouts will be involved in several activities throughout the meeting, including opening the keynote session with a flag ceremony, having a booth on the exhibit floor, and presentation of the first Mining in Society merit badges at the SME awards dinner on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at the Marriott Downtown at City Creek.

For additional details, please visit the 2014 SME Annual Meeting and Exhibit.

The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME) is a professional society (nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation) whose more than 15,000 membership represents all professionals serving the minerals industry in more than 100 countries. SME members include engineers, geologists, metallurgists, educators, students and researchers. SME advances the worldwide mining and underground construction community through information exchange and professional development. SME's staff is located in Englewood, Colorado.

For more information contact John Hayden, Deputy Executive Director - Public Affairs and Government Relations, at (303) 948-4250 or hayden@smenet.org.