The National Mining Association (NMA) is celebrating its 20th anniversary. In 1995, the merger between the American Mining Congress, created in 1897, and the National Coal Association, founded in 1917, gave birth to NMA. From the start, NMA’s mission has been to provide a clear voice for U.S. mining, and, particularly, to use its presence in the nation’s capital to advocate for public policies that help its members safely and sustainably locate, permit, mine, transport and utilize the nation’s vast coal and mineral resources.

In 2013, NMA was recognized by global communications firm APCO Worldwide as No. 1 among 50 of the leading trade associations in Washington, D.C., for best representing the interests of its members, and as top-ranked among those in the energy and extractive resources sector for member mobilization and grass roots advocacy.

NMA President and CEO Hal Quinn said, “Today’s mining industry has been transformed through the application of advanced technologies combined with the benefits of a highly skilled workforce. Together, they have powered us into a new era of sustainability that includes higher efficiency, and a safety record that in 2014 was the best in our history. We look forward to continued progress, but America’s modern mining industry and our workforce have a lot to be proud about.”

Quinn said NMA looks forward to the next 20 years of progress in an industry “that remains fundamental to the success of every key economic sector and to the energy and national security of our country.”