Part I: Revisiting & summarizing Saturday’s Stakeholder Meeting at the Polly Rosenbaum Bldg.
Part II: Status of the MMNRE Advisory Board
Attached: Stakeholders posted note comments
G’ Day Friends of AZ Mining, Mineral & Natural Resources Education Museum,
Part I. Saturday’s stakeholders meeting (11/5/2016) went well with 30+ stakeholders attending. Thanks again to all who participated – it was a pleasure to interact with you face to face. Senator Griffin kicked off the meeting by describing the natural resources concept model of the museum. She then opened the floor to questions – and there were no shortage of those. Sen. Griffin, Rowena Davis, Catie Carter and I did our best to address questions honestly and forthrightly. At this juncture, of course, we all have more questions than answers.
Attached is an MS Word document with your observations, comments, ideas and suggestions. Thanks sharing them, they should prove to be a wealth of information.
Here is a tidy rundown of some of the questions addressed by Sen Griffin or MMNRE Team, with our responses bulleted.
ü How much will it cost to bring the Museum up to code and allow us to occupy it?
o A recent (2014-2015) ADOA report indicates ~ $900,000 for basic structural, electrical and plumbing repairs. To get the museum and museum property in ‘mint’ condition – $2,100,000.
ü Can the museum do justice to the broad science of sustainability of natural resources approach?
o We believe that it can and state statute S.B. 1530 mandates that it must.
ü Are we concerned about competing processes if the Univ. of Arizona becomes involved in building out space for the UA Mineral Museum at the Pima County Courthouse, while supporting our efforts to fund and build out MMNRE Museum?
o Yes! It’s a concern, but those are the circumstances we find ourselves in and we have to address them as best we can. On a positive note, the curators and staff of various museums associated with the University are proving to be a tremendous resource, generous with their connections, time, and knowledge.
ü Are there plans afoot to revisit the language of S.B. 1530 and excise language returning the museum and its assets to the Arizona Historical Society (AHS) in the event the museum is not opened and operating prior to 1 July 2018?
o Sen. Griffin indicated that she was working on legislation to excise the language returning the museum to AHS. (We should note AHS has strongly indicated to UA administrators that they have no desire to reacquire the museum or its assets.)
ü How much will it cost to build and deploy museum exhibits consistent with the natural resources concept?
o We can’t answer that definitively, but we have reached out to museum experts at the University of Arizona, Tellus Museum and A.E. Seaman Museum at Michigan Tech University in Houghton, Michigan, regarding the cost of science museums. On the basis of those discussions, it appears that building a science museum can run well over $300 a square foot of exhibit space. MMNRE Museum includes 15,000 to 16,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space.
ü Are public monies available to build and sustain the museum?
o Sen. Griffin pointed out that Arizona’s state budget is climbing out of a large deficit and it’s unlikely that there will be sufficient state funds available.
ü Where will the money to repair and build out the museum come from?
o We hope to strategize and deploy a fund-raising program drawing funds from public entities (city, county, state and federal), grants, private gifts, and corporate donations. Sen. Griffin led the way in establishing an account for the museum at the University of Arizona Foundation. This link is available for sharing at: http://tinyurl.com/SupportMM-NREMuseum.
ü At this time, what can stakeholders do?
o You as stakeholders have deep knowledge of the community, local mineral community, educators, and financial and in-kind resources that the MMNRE Museum team lack. We need to work closely with you to fund and build out a museum that meets the need of the Phoenix community – teachers, students, clubs and associations.
Part 2. ADVISORY BOARD UPDATE – 7 Nov 2016
As of today, the Arizona Boards and Commissions has four (4) general applicants for the MM&NRE Museum Advisory Board. Counting Senator Griffin, Representative Leach and AZGS Interim Director Phil Pearthree, that brings the total of board applicants to seven (7). According to state statute S.B. 1530, the board should include twelve (12) applicants.
To apply for a position on the MMNRE Advisory Board, visit: http://bc.azgovernor.gov/bc/form/boards-and-commissions-application
Once at Boards and Commissions, drop below the fold to “Board/Commission Interests” to select for MM&NRE.
Please let us know if you have any questions.
AZGS MM&NRE Team
Mike Conway, Rowena Davis, Catie Carter
Phil Pearthree – Interim Director of AZGS
1 State Geologist
Michael Conway | Chief, Geologic Extension Service
Arizona Geological Survey
1955 E 6th St.
PO Box 210184
Tucson, AZ 85721
Ph 520.621. 2352 | Ph C 520.971.3688