Princeton Mayor Randy McLean said the closing of the Similco mine 15 years ago put a malaise on the community, but Copper Mountain has changed that.
“It’s that attitude I talked about, that confidence. We have a community that is so upbeat and positive and it’s thanks to the mine,” said Princeton Mayor Randy McLean. “There is a lot of young people moving here which brings a boost in economic confidence and a different atmosphere, making it a well-rounded community. The mine has brought a real improvement on so many levels.”
And it came just at the right time as the community’s bread and butter forest industry was getting hammered by pine beetle infestation. Just a few years ago Princeton was on top of the list for forest towns in line to receive government assistance. Since Copper Mountain went from rumour to reality, that has changed.