SOURCE: Proyecto Concordia

Proyecto Concordia

December 16, 2010 12:37 ET

Workshop on Improving Economic Opportunity in the Sierra Laguna Region to Be Presented in La Paz: Results of a Community Study to Be Made Public

LA PAZ, MEXICO--(Marketwire - December 16, 2010) - On December 18-19, 2010, Representatives from the El Triunfo, San Antonio, and El Rosario will meet in La Paz at the Hotel Perla to participate in a workshop that will discuss efforts to improve the quality of life for residents of the Sierra Laguna area. The three Sierra Laguna towns have had a long history of involvement with Baja California Sur's mining industry but have found their standard of living declining in recent years in the absence of mining work. The goal of the workshop is to improve the living conditions of the people of Sierra Laguna thorough self-knowledge and self-empowerment.

The Concordia Project, which is a Mexican mining company in the process of seeking a permit to operate a new mine in the area, is sponsoring the workshop and has committed itself to following the principles of 3BL (People, Planet, Prosperity) to bring work to the region and also business opportunities, improved health care, and educational and vocational scholarships.

There will be approximately 30 people from El Triunfo, San Antonio, and El Rosario participating, all chosen by residents of the communities themselves. The workshop is an invitation-only event but a public presentation of its results will be offered on December 18 at 6:00 pm in the Perla's Salón Mechudo.

The proceedings will be introduced by Héctor Araya, the General Manager of The Concordia Project. "This is one of several steps Concordia is taking to work closely with the mining communities to help bring opportunity and social and economic progress to Baja California Sur," said Arraya. "It is further evidence of the commitment we have made to the Sierra Laguna communities, one that will continue far into the future."

The workshop is the first of three that will be presented between now and October 2011. All will be led by Balam Ibarra, one of the most successful community outreach consultants in Mexico. His work advances community development through providing self-employment opportunities, social enterprise opportunities, and employment opportunities.

At the post-workshop presentation, the first results of Balam's team's in-depth socio-economic study of the mining communities will be presented. The two workshops to follow will present further results as the program continues.

About Concordia

The Concordia Project, a subsidiary of Vista Gold Corp., is a Mexican company that embraces the three pillars of the 3BL approach to social enterprise: People, Planet, and Prosperity. It is currently in the process of seeking a permit from the government to operate a mine in Baja California Sur. For more about Concordia's vision for BCS, visit

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