Like the Homestake Mining Company before it, DUSEL is set to make Lead a company town. Homestake was more than just an employer; it influenced nearly every other aspect of life in the community. "If Lead needed it, Homestake built it," says mayor Tom Nelson, whose grandfather, father and brother all worked for the mine. "They did the water system, they brought the power in, the railroad, the hospital, the recreation center, the company store, the bank. Everything was the company." The Sanford lab, and the pending DUSEL project, may not run Lead's local health clinic or bank, but it will bring money and jobs. Philanthropist and lab namesake T. Denny Sanford set aside $20 million of his $70-million donation for a science education center, where DUSEL researchers will lecture and students will get hands-on underground physics experience. The project's annual operating budget is $23 million, more than half of which is spent locally with local suppliers or contractors. And around 70 former mine employees now work for the South Dakota Science and Technology Authority, the entity created to convert the property from mine to lab.