Economy issues at the Idaho Maryland Mine project


  • How Many Construction Jobs?: The local economy will benefit by construction jobs: “At peak construction, there would be approximately 350 construction workers and equipment operators at the construction site on a daily basis.”  [IMMProjectDescription1_102108.pdf, pg 2-15.] Of course, no one knows who will be prime and whether local subs will be used. Low bid and experience will be key.
  • How Many Permanent Jobs?: The Idaho-Maryland documents estimate 400 permanent jobs, 200 for the mining operations and 200 for the ceramics plant. 25% of these jobs are predicted to last the full 20 years. More than 47% of the jobs will last 12 years or less. (See Jobs)
    [from Table 6 -Estimated Workforce Phasing as published in Revised Project Application, Appendix M, "Socioeconomics and Land Use - pg 8" ].
  • How Many of the Permanent Jobs will be for Locals?: At most about 100 jobs lasting more than 12 years may go to current Grass Valley area residents. (48% of the jobs are expected to be filled by workers currently living in the area, and of these only 53% will last more than 12 years.) See Jobs
    [from Table 7 - Idaho-Maryland Mine Population Projections, as published in Revised Project Application, Appendix M, "Socioeconomics and Land Use" - pg 8 ].
  • How Much Do the Jobs Pay? The average salary of full time employees during peak operations will be about $50,000 per year. The average for Nevada County is $37, 893. (See Jobs) [Revised Project Application, Appendix M, "Socioeconomics and Land Use", 2.2.4, pg12, and "The Idaho-Maryland Project Overview", Fall 2008, pg. 21 ].
  • The truth behind "Depression Proof" We hear a lot about how depression proof the Grass Valley area was during the 1930's. Thus a local mine now should prevent us from being affected by poor economic conditions. The bottom line: In 1936 15.8% of the population was employed in mining. In 20xx fewer than 0.4% would be employed in mining. Details on sources and calculations. The idea of depression proof is not supported by facts.

Economic Sustainability

  • The Mine and Ceramics Factory require General Plan amendments and rezoning. Is this a good idea for the long term growth patterns of Grass Valley?   Key Medium Density housing land will be lost, impacting traffic, quality of life, and normal growth patterns for decades. [46 acres of Business Park land and 56 acres of Residential Urban Medium Density land will be reclassified as Manufacturing/Industrial, "General Plan Amendment Application_May 29 2007.pdf", pg.4-4]  For more information,
    see Long Term Growth Impacts.

Essential Public Services

  • Does the project provide economic benefits by paying for improvements to infrastructure? Improvements to infrastructure are assessed based upon the rule that all major projects should pay for the increase in services that they use.

Mine Ownership

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