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City Will Work With Partners to Maximize Ring of Fire Benefits

May 11, 2012 – The City of Thunder Bay is developing a multi-faceted Mining Readiness Strategy that will work with key stakeholders to capitalize on the Ring of Fire Development.

“We fully understand the magnitude of the Ring of Fire and plan to maximize its benefits by working with Fort William First Nation, other First Nations, the CEDC, the Province and our key Regional stakeholders,” said Mayor Keith Hobbs.

“I have heard from Bill Boor, Cliffs Senior Vice-President of Global Ferroalloys, and will be discussing this plan further with him. I will also follow up with Natural Resources Minister Michael Gravelle to reinforce the need to move forward. The City and Fort William First Nation put forward an excellent proposal to Cliffs and we will continue to make the most out of this incredible opportunity,” the Mayor said.

Mayor Hobbs added that ongoing communication and consultation between all levels of government, including First Nations, is extremely important to maximize the benefits from the Ring of Fire – one of Ontario’s largest economic development opportunities.

Some Mining Readiness Strategy goals include maximizing job creation opportunities for people living in the Thunder Bay Region; maximizing business opportunities by using regional companies to explore, construct and operate mines; and identifying, developing and training the region’s workforce to support all new employment requirements.

“With this Strategy, we will continue working diligently with both the Province and the Federal Government to further the interests of Thunder Bay and our Region,” said Councillor Joe Virdiramo, Inter-Governmental Liaison Committee Chair. “We understand the importance of working together and look forward to increased growth and investment related to mining.”

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Contact:           Mayor Keith Hobbs, 625-3600
                        Councillor Joe Virdiramo, Inter-Governmental Committee Chair, 625-5547