Resolution Copper Mining has appointed Dave Richins as Principle Advisor, Government Affairs. In this role, Richins will guide Resolution Copper’s relationships with federal, state and local government leaders, support efforts to move the land exchange legislation forward, and develop and lead the project’s public and community outreach and communications programs.
“Dave brings to Resolution a perfect blend of public and private sector experience, along with a vast and deep understanding of how sustainable economic development and environmental protection can be achieved,” said Resolution Copper Project Director Andrew Taplin. “He will be invaluable in moving the project forward and is the right person to help us reach out to and partner with the community.”
Taplin says Richins will focus on regional and community partnering and will continue the company’s dialogue with supporters and opponents. This includes a continued effort to brokering a relationship with Native American tribes, with the goal of identifying issues and finding solutions that create a win-win for all parties. In addition, he will work with neighbors, environmental advocates and government leaders to proactively address issues surrounding development of the mine.
“Resolution presents wonderful opportunities for community development, and is the perfect blend of economic development and diversification, community building, job creation, and environmental stewardship,” Richins said. “I am excited to work with the team and with all our stakeholders to help make this a world class project and create lasting benefits for the community where we all live, work and play.”
Since 2008, Richins has been Sun Corridor Legacy Program Director with the Sonoran Institute, a non-profit organization that works to conserve and restore natural and cultural assets and to promote better management of growth and change in the Western United States. In that role, he coordinated the Institute’s public policy work, and was responsible for developing programs and policies aimed at balancing urban growth and quality of life with protecting the natural surroundings and open space in Arizona. Previously, he was the Executive Director and Founder of the West Mesa Community Development Corporation in Mesa, Arizona where he worked with neighbors, community leaders, business leaders, and other stakeholders to revitalize his neighborhood. Richins serves on a variety of local, state and national committees, including Arizona Municipal Water Users Association, National League of Cities Community and Economic Development Steering Committee, Smart Growth America Local Leaders Council, Arizona Power Plant and Line Siting Committee and the Local Government Advisory Commission at US Environmental Protection Agency. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sustainable Community Development from Prescott College. Richins is also a Mesa City Council member, representing District 1.
About Resolution Copper
Resolution Copper Mining LLC is a limited liability company whose members are a subsidiary of London-based Rio Tinto plc – the managing member – and a subsidiary of Australia-based BHP Billiton. The company seeks to develop one of the largest undeveloped copper resources in the world near Superior, Ariz.
The project is currently in the pre-feasibility phase and production is anticipated in the early 2020s. The project will mine ore using underground block-caving methods at depths of nearly 7,000 feet below surface. When in full production, the mine will employ 1,400 workers directly and generate an additional 2,300 indirect and induced jobs with an economic impact of more than $64 billion.