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“Utica Capital” Plays Host To Small Business Development Seminar
Wednesday, April 11th, 2012 | 2 Comments
Yesterday, the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Ohio Oil & Gas Association, Shale Directories, the Stark Development Board and the City of Canton hosted the Oil & Gas Business Development Seminar. Designed to educate the local small business community about the natural gas industry, the presenters shared with local businesses how to work with the industry and gain new business coming to Ohio thanks to Utica shale development.
Before the day began Energy in Depth – Ohio spoke with Dennis P. Saunier, President & CEO of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce to discuss how Canton is becoming the “Utica Capital“, and how local businesses can capitalize on the opportunities shale development is bringing to the region:
Dennis P. Saunier of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce
The agenda of speakers for the event included:
- William Healy, Mayor of the City of Canton, gave opening remarks on behalf of the city he recently dubbed the “Utica Capital“
- Kristy Hawthorne, Membership Director of OOGA, provided a brief update from of association.
- John Cramer, Superior Well Services, talked about what Superior is looking for in their sub contractors.
- Joe Barone, Shaledirectories.com, informed the audience about how to get noticed by major producers.
- Damian Ferek, Asayo Creative, educated attendees about marketing their company.
- Bill Thomas & Jeff Dressler, Marcellus Resource Group, talked about human resources and how to find the right people for the jobs you need to fill.
- Ted Walter of Fifth Third, Jeffrey Douglas of KeyBank & William Shivers of Huntington Bank, addressed how the banking industry can help folks manage their finances and business growth.
- Ron Van Horn, Schauer Insurance , shared information about how to make sure all local business insurance needs are met.
- John LaFayette, One Stop Safety Consulting, took to the podium to promote safety in the work place and how important a good track record of safety is needed so you can be considered for sub contracting work with the oil and gas industry.
EID grabbed Mr. Joe Barone of Shaledirectories.com to talk about the goal of today’s seminar.
Mr. Mark Matusick of Chesapeake Energy presented at the seminar luncheon and he covered the important topic of – How does a small business get a contract with Chesapeake.
One of the highlights of the event – a great “shout out” to Energy in Depth – Ohio:
Senator Portman’s comments to the business seminar
Senator Rob Portman interview with Energy in Depth – Ohio
The seminar was successful in connecting local small businesses with compatible companies, and sharing with these owners the path for working as a contractor or subcontractor with a natural gas company. Just goes to show that when folks work together and share information what great things can happen.
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Utica Shale Provides Holiday Cheer for Ohio Real Estate Markets
Saturday, December 31st, 2011 | 2 Comments
There is excitement in the winter air in Stark County, and it’s not just the eggnog. As the development of the Utica Shale progresses, the benefits the region is experiencing continue to expand. While the county opens it’s figurative doors to the industry, new doors are being opened – those of the new homes, hotels and real estate properties being scooped by the newly arrived and the newly employed.
The influx of new buyers and renters is revitalizing the area’s commercial and housing markets. Oil and gas companies and supporting industries are leasing office space, purchasing warehouses and seeking storage areas and land. In turn, the professionals that work for these companies are buying homes, renting apartments and staying at local motels.
The increased demand is helping to rejuvenate the local economy. In the midst of one of the worst housing markets in memory, optimism for real estate companies and their employees is returning thanks to the shale development.
I wanted to share in the excitement and enthusiasm (OK, and maybe a little eggnog), so I made the trek down to Canton to visit with a few of the local real estate professionals there to talk about the differences they have noticed in their community.
Jenn Mucci, an agent for Cutler Real Estate, informed me that her sales team has already sold several houses to Chesapeake employees and helped others rent houses. Be sure to watch her interview below to hear how the industry has changed the market and the region:
“It’s bringing people back to the area, which is so exciting for us.”
- Jenn Mucci
Jim Bellamy, Ohio Commercial Division Manager at Howard Hanna, is receiving many phone calls from prospective oil and gas companies looking to relocate in eastern Ohio. He anticipates economic growth for Ohio from shale development, and is excited at the benefits already beginning to show:
“This is going to be a great thing for the state of Ohio, and its already beginning to show benefits and profits to the area.”
- Jim Bellamy
Another industry reaping the rewards of Ohio’s natural resource development is the motel business.
Located along the Lincoln Highway in Minerva is Palmantier’s Motel, a local landmark that has the ambiance of the 1950’s. The 9-unit, vintage motel opened in 1947 and is a throwback to a time when our world moved at a slower pace. Raine and Earl Sonntag purchased the 3.25 acre property in August, 2010 hoping to restore it and generate new business. At first, business was slow, but soon the development of the nearby Utica Shale would change all of that, bringing new customers to their motel.
Now, Palmantier’s Motel is regularly at full-capacity. Seventy-Five percent of their customer base is oil and gas industry workers.
Kevin Sonntag, the son of Raine and Earl, is the motel manager. In his interview below, Kevin talks about how the local oil and natural gas development has helped business:
“Business has been great with the Utica shale development.”
- Kevin Sonntag
Here, Kevin talks about the historical significance of Palmantier’s Motel and why the Sonntag family decided to purchase it after doing some research on economic benefits the Utica shale would bring to the region:
“We’ve done the research on the shale business that was coming this way and we thought that would be another reason we would need the motel.”
Kevin shares the family’s plans about expanding the business, thanks to the increase in shale activity. Their goal is to provide a home away from home for oil and gas workers who have come from other area’s.
This is just one small sample of how Utica Shale development is revitalizing local real estate markets and related businesses in the Buckeye State. It is important to keep in mind that all of these benefits are accruing in the earliest days of development of the Utica Shale. As the play continues to develop and more energy companies and supporting industry comes to eastern Ohio, business professionals in the real estate industry, and other industries, have good reason to celebrate and look forward to the new year. Now that is a good reason to look to 2012 with lots of optimism about the continued progress to come.
Liftoff! Congressman Bill Johnson on Ohio Utica Jobs Taking Off
Friday, November 4th, 2011 | 0 Comments
As a retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Colonel, Congressman Bill Johnson has seen his fair share of successful takeoffs. But, after 23 years of service, the greatest ascent he might witnesses may be still to come. I’m talking, of course, about the potential hundreds of thousands of new jobs likely to be created by developing the Utica Shale – a large part of which underlies the eastern portion of Ohio where the Congressman calls home.
These jobs will provide a tremendous lift to the state and the 6th district, which has already witnessed a growth in job creation from Utica development. The town of Steubenville, as reported by ABC World News and EID Ohio’s very own Shawn Bennett, has already seen more than 300 jobs created, and there are likely thousands more on the way as the play continues to develop and mature. All of this is not lost on Congressman Johnson who commented on Utica development late last month.
This is another example of the beginning wave of prosperity for eastern and southeastern Ohio. The projections are of 10,000 new jobs here in the area for the next three years…We have an opportunity coming our way because of the Marcellus and Utica Shale drilling industry, said Congreesman Johnson (Rep. Johnson Tours Grand Theater, 10/29/11)
Following up on these earlier comments, on Wednesday Congressman Johnson again highlighted what Utica shale development will mean for our state, his district, and Ohio’s economy. This time however the Congressman was appearing before a much larger audience when he appeared on Fox Business News making comments like the one below.
Johnson: Everybody is on board, everybody is so very, very excited. We’re sitting on the world’s largest deposit, by most expert’s opinions, of natural gas, so we have a lot to look forward to. (00:29)
Rep. Johnson is well educated on the development process involved with natural gas exploration and production. When asked about the widely debunked scene in the movie Gasland, Mr. Johnson was quick and ready with the facts:
Bolling: “There was a documentary out a while ago that said you shouldn’t try to access gas this way, the fracking procedure…your faucet could catch on fire.” (00:58)
Johnson: It is not true. That is one of the biggest scare tactics environmentalists have in trying to stop us from going after this very, very powerful natural resource. Even the EPA administrator herself has acknowledge that in the history of fracking over the last 60 years, there has not been one single incidence where drinking water has been contaminated by the fracking process. These are just scare tactics. (1:03)
Here, of course, the Congressman is referring to the May 2010, testimony of EPA administrator Lisa Jackson, who delivered the following testimony to the U.S. Senate:
I am not aware of any proven case where the fracking process itself affected water, said Jackson.
In the interview the Congressman goes on to explain the great potential inherent in developing the state’s shale resources and what it means for job creation here:
Johnson: If you look at the Marcellus shale and Utica shale, by most experts opinion you are looking at 5.5 billion barrels of oil, sitting right there underneath Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, and again that’s a lot to be excited about. It represents jobs coming to the area. (2:11)
Johnson: Absolutely. Take a look at Steubenville alone – the little town of Steubenville – over 300 jobs created already, ten thousands of new high paying jobs expected over the next three years, and estimates are that anyone in Steubenville, Ohio, which has been decimated by lost of manufacturing, anyone who wants a job can have one by next April. (2:44)
Needless to say, with such rich potential for the state of Ohio and the fine folks in the 6th district, anyone interested in a return to prosperity is working hard to make Ohio a leader in the development and production of clean burning natural gas to encourage the economic growth it brings. Congressman Johnson is doing just that:
“I’m going to be working hard to make sure what happens here in eastern and southeastern Ohio is a permanent change of the landscape in terms of job creation,” (Oil And Gas Forum Held At EGCC, 10/21/11)
Editors note: If you missed it, watch the ABC World News’ coverage on Steubenville below, and be sure to check out Bennett’s article, On Jobs, ABC World News Looks to Steubenville.