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Conference focuses on growing southeast Ohio businesses in the shale supply chain

Voinovich School Staff March 27, 2012

The Ohio University Voinovich School, in partnership with a group of industry and economic development organizations, is hosting an event to help regional businesses learn more about the opportunities for becoming part of Ohio's growing shale supply chain. "Ohio Shale Energy 2012: Discovering Supply Chain Opportunities" will convene on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at the Pritchard Laughlin Civic Center in Cambridge, Ohio.

Ohio Shale Energy 2012 will bring together industry experts and local businesses interested in becoming suppliers to the shale energy industry in Ohio. More than 20 speakers will discuss the factors that are driving Ohio's booming shale energy industry and identify opportunities for new and existing businesses. The keynote speaker, Michael Levett, senior director & vice chair of the board of CDC Development Solutions, will focus on what it takes to grow a successful industry in Ohio. Other companies represented include American Petroleum Institute, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, Ariel Corporation, Chesapeake Energy Corporation, Ken Miller Supply, Inc., Pioneer Group, The Shaw Group and The Timken Company.

"This is a chance to learn if becoming part of the shale supply chain makes sense for your business and network with other companies who are already buying and selling in the industry," said Scott Miller, director of energy and environmental programs at the Voinovich School. "Getting firsthand advice and information from this group of experts is an unparalleled opportunity."

By registering for the conference, attendees will be entered into the Ohio Shale Supply Chain Database being developed by the Voinovich School with funding from the USDA. The database will help businesses stay connected and competitive in the months to come. Regional economic development officials are encouraged to pass along information about the conference to businesses in their area. Businesses are encouraged to register promptly as seating is limited.

For additional information about the conference, please visit www.ohioshaleenergy.com.