We had the good fortune of connecting with Bryan Seppala and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Bryan, how does your business help the community?
My name is Bryan Seppala, I am the Advisor of Economic and Workforce Development for the Communities and Social Performance team with Resolution Copper.

Over the past several years, we’ve engaged with members within the community in a number of capacities. As a company, we have donated millions of dollars to community organizations and non-profits and facilitated the delivery of life-saving aid during natural disasters and throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. As leaders, we have taken time to listen and learn from those around us, while progressing valuable partnerships within our community. As community neighbors, we have volunteered hundreds of hours in support of those in need and cultivated relationships within and beyond the immediate project area to continue delivering on our promises.
As many of you know, Resolution Copper is a mining project located in Superior, AZ. The Town of Superior is part of a broader region called the Copper Corridor – which is recognized for its historic ties to mining. Once in full operation, Resolution Copper has the potential to supply up to 3,700 direct and indirect jobs and that will create an economic boost to the local communities surrounding the mining project.

We have spent time consulting with local communities and Tribes about the impacts and benefits of the project. Studies show that we could produce up to $61 billion in economic value for Arizona over the 60-year mine life. Resolution Copper would also boost state and local tax revenues between $88 million and $113 million per year. We continue to maintain open dialogue and work to incorporate collective feedback in our mitigation efforts.
While we are still in the permitting stage of our process, we have already employed local contractors for our ongoing projects and given back to the community. In 2021, we announced the completion of the reclamation of hundreds of acres within the historic Magma Copper mine operation, which had been an eyesore for the local community for decades. We spent $75 million in this endeavor and hired local contractors to support us over the 15-year restoration project.

We also recognize how valuable resources such as water are for our region. Studies show that the mine would use fewer gallons of water per pound of copper produced than other mines in Arizona. Our work with the Town of Superior will continue to find ways to re-introduce water into the Queen Creek wash and address the impacts of historic mine activity in the area. Resolution Copper has also partnered with Stantec, a company based in Chandler, Arizona, to provide renewable drinking water technology to the White Mountain Apache community members and support the “hydropanel” installation programs in other Native American communities.
Looking forward, we continue to make progress toward building one of the most modern and sustainable copper mines in the world, while looking for ways to mitigate our impact and continue giving back to our community in the process.

Looking forward, we continue to make progress toward building one of the most modern and sustainable copper mines in the world, while looking for ways to mitigate our impact and continue giving back to our community in the process.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I come from a 4th generation mining family, where my dad spent his entire career as an underground miner and my grandpa finished his as a State Mine Inspector. I grew up in the mining town of Globe-Miami and was surrounded by the history of a boom-bust economy. When I was in 7th grade, I remember our household getting the call that the San Manuel mine was shutting down. Shortly after, he had to leave Arizona to find work. It wasn’t until the weekend I graduated high school; he was able to relocate back home for a permanent opportunity.

It was told throughout my high school years to look at a career other than mining and into something more sustainable, in which I did. I earned my bachelor’s degree in Economic Development and Business Administration, with a goal of working for a local municipality. After moving back home and looking at the environment around me, I realized a mining community is right where I needed to be. Soon after, there was an opportunity at Resolution Copper Project to support the communities and social performance team and I jumped on it right away.

I had a vision of utilizing my mining heritage, my economic development background, and the trust the local community had in me, to support the largest copper development project in the United States. I wanted to ensure that our mine of the future was not of those of the past, but a world-class mine that was focused on a sustainable community that was not solely dependent on the mine. I have been blessed to support the recent work of Resolution Copper, in which we have developed multi-beneficial partnerships with the local communities and organizations that support our goals of local employment, local participation, and sustainable economic development.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
There are so many amazing places to visit and experiences to take in throughout the Copper Corridor; so, here’s my perfect day in the beautiful town of Superior, Arizona! You must visit the Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Arizona’s oldest and largest botanical garden. One of Arizona’s top tourism sites, the Arboretum offers nearly 5 miles of trails, 135 acres of gardens, and special events that rival anything across the state. After a trip into the Arboretum, go enjoy all that Superior offers with outdoor recreation, including a hike down the Legends of Superior Trails or a one-of-a-kind private jeep tour of the region with Superior Tour Company. Finish your trip with a stop to the Silver King Smokehouse for some of the best BBQ in Arizona and a wine tasting at the newly expanded Bruzzi Vineyard; the only vineyard to offer the Vidal Blanc grape in the state!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to dedicate my shout out to the Globe Unified School District Robotics Program. This program, which is one of only a few rural schools that offers Robotics and STEM education K-12, is near and dear to my heart. As a team mentor since 2014, I have seen this program grow and flourish under Resolution Copper’s support. I have personally grown as a social performance practitioner due to my involvement in this program, as these students have opened my eyes to what strategic community partnerships really mean. I learn something new every time I visit with the students, as they share their experiences, skills, and career goals. Much of our future workforce is active in this program and have a bright future in the mining industry!

I couldn’t pass on the opportunity to also thank my dad Randy, who himself worked 45 years in the mining industry and recently retired after 15 years at the Resolution Copper project. The work ethic, drive, and accountability he instilled in me at an early age has helped me become who I am today.

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