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Minerals Days - 1st Annual North American Minerals Days

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Tuesday, October 13, 2015

This week marks the first official North American Minerals Days, an expansion of IMA-Europe's successful European Minerals Day program.  Started in 2007, with the goal of increasing awareness of the industrial minerals industry and the role it plays in communities across Europe, European Minerals Day as of 2015 has grown into a global program.  IMA-NA partnered with IMA-Europe to promote events to educate and engage with the public about our members and the important work you do.  Traditionally, European Minerals Day is held over one week-end, when quarries and plants from the minerals sector all over Europe open their doors to schools, students, families, neighbours and all those interested to discover more about an industry that affects every aspect of our lives. Starting with Omya's Open Quarry Day in September, North American Minerals Days will cover a range of activities held in the fall.  Keep an eye out this week for news related to North American Minerals Days and how we can continue to help individuals outside of our industry understand what we do and who we are. 

Visit our site for more information on the 1st Annual North American Minerals Days and visit the European Minerals Days to learn about our partners from IMA-Europe. 

Tags:  community  education  industrial minerals industry  North American Minerals Days 

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North American Minerals Days - Georgia Marble Festival This Weekend

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Friday, October 2, 2015

This weekend Jasper and the Marble Valley of Pickens County will be hosting the 35th annual Georgia Marble Festival. IMA-NA member, Imerys, has long been an active participant and sponsor in the events of the weekend which kicks off this year with the Marble Festival 5k Run/Walk on Saturday morning. The weekend activities include guided tours of marble industry facilities as well as numerous family oriented activities such as arts and crafts, demonstrations, and an ongoing sculptor. The Festival is a great opportunity for the community to come together to learn about and celebrate the role marble and marble producers, like Imerys, play in their lives. IMA-NA is pleased to note our partnership with the Pickens County Chamber of Commerce and the association of the Georgia Marble Festival with North American Minerals Days. The Festival is a great example of what positives can come from community awareness and commemoration of the way the locally sourced minerals impact their lives. We are looking forward to a successful festival this weekend and encourage our members in the area to take advantage of the events.


To learn more about the Festival click here and to learn more about North American Minerals Days click here

Tags:  education  Georgia Marble Festival  Imerys  industrial minerals  industrial minerals industry  North American Minerals Days  outreach 

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Omya Hosts Open Quarry Day at Tatlock Quarry

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Friday, September 11, 2015

Tomorrow, September 12th, OMYA is hosting an open quarry day at their Tatlock quarry in support of North American Minerals Days and European Minerals Day 2015. OMYA has been participating in European Minerals Day since its start in 2007, hosting a variety of events to promote further engagement and awareness within their communities about OMYA's important role in the mining and production of calcium carbonate. Located in Ontario, the Tatlock quarry is the largest calcium carbonate mine in Canada with its products being used in paints, plastics, construction materials , as well as paper and packaging materials. IMA-NA looks forward to continuing to highlight industrial mineral producers through partnerships for both North American Minerals Days and European Minerals Days.  Below you'll find OMYA's invitation to the local community to come learn about the Tatlock Quarry.

OMYA invites you
Saturday, September 12th

OMYA invites you on a guided Bus Tour of the Tatlock Quarry!
World renowned for its production of excellent grade
Calcium Carbonate – the glistening slopes of the Quarry
are a remarkable site to behold.
September 12th’s open house Tour follows the history
of calcium deposits from the breathtaking precipice to a
spectacular view at the bottom of the Tatlock Quarry!
Join the Open House tour:
Saturday September 12th, 2015
10am til 2pm
- rain or shine -
at the Tatlock Quarry

Tags:  community  education  European Minerals Day  IMA-Europe  industrial minerals industry  North American Minerals Day  Omya  Tatlock Quarry 

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Mind the Gap - The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Signed into Law

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Thursday, June 26, 2014
Updated: Friday, July 11, 2014

On July 22nd, President Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) into law, replacing the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). The House passed the WIOA earlier in July by an overwhelming majority of 415-6, following its June passage in the Senate by a vote of 95-3. WIOA is the updated reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), a bill that was due for reauthorization in 2003. The signing of WIOA into law follows a lengthy bipartisan, bicameral negotiation that reached a conclusion in May with the current version of WIOA.  This is an exciting demonstration of what can be accomplished when Congress and the Administration cooperates on legislation and may be one of the only examples of bipartisanship as campaign season looms.

Congress passed the original WIA in 1998 with the goal of creating a system of programs to train the workforce businesses in the United States needed.  WIA created federally funded, one-stop shop career centers where individuals could access specific training and educational programs as well as other employment services. The Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act was reauthorized the same year as WIA’s passage, demonstrating the focus on workforce development issues in 1998.  Unlike WIA, which has been held in limbo for more than a decade, the updated Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act  (CTE) was reauthorized again in 2006.

The long road back to reauthorization of WIA has left a void in public policy related to our investment in workforce development.  Congress has sent a clear message of renewed commitment to ensuring our nation has a skilled and capable workforce. This step towards active promotion of economic growth through creating a dependable workforce is a powerful move.

To read a side-by-side comparison of WIA and WIOA click here.

To read a letter of support IMA-NA signed onto click here.

Tags:  Congress  education  legislation  Senate  skills gap  workforce development 

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