For Immediate Release: December 7, 2016

Western Governors’ Association James Ogsbury Addresses Mining Industry

Executive Director Addresses Mining Industry at AEMA’s 122nd Annual Meeting Stresses Important Role Mining Plays in Western US Success

James D. Ogsbury, Western Governors’ Association (WGA) Executive Director addressed a sold-out Welcoming Luncheon today at American Exploration & Mining Association’s (AEMA) 122nd Annual Meeting, Exposition & Short Courses in Reno, Nevada.

“Mining’s importance to the West goes far beyond its contributions to Western lore and history. Western Governors understand that mineral security is economic security and national security,” said Mr. Ogsbury, addressing the important issues facing western states; the important role mining plays in western economies; and the importance of domestic production of critical and strategic minerals. Mr. Ogsbury also stressed how Western Governors are pivotal in effective governance of western resources.

“Bringing western leaders like James Ogsbury to the AEMA membership demonstrates the important role mining plays in both U.S. and the western state success,” said Laura Skaer, AEMA Executive Director. “AEMA is proud to be a sponsor and partner of WGA. Maintaining the relationship between mining and Western leaders is important since the heart of the American mining industry is the western U.S.”

The Annual Meeting is the second largest annual mining convention in the U.S., featuring 245 exhibitors, a core shack, 23 technical sessions and over 100 speakers, and will bring more than 2,000 people to the Reno area. The Annual Meeting runs through Friday, December 9th.

More information is available at or at Registration in the Nugget Casino resort. Media passes are available, contact Devon Coquillard for more information.


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