Stark County Oil and Gas Partnership Promotes Understanding of the Industry, Economic Growth
True to its name, the Stark County Oil and Gas Partnership has
become a leading voice promoting the economic impact of the oil and gas
industry on the region.
According to Chairman Dave Kirven, the organization’s purpose is
three-fold: to promote a understanding of the oil and gas industry; to promote
oil and gas extraction efforts that are environmentally responsible; and to encourage
the use of Stark County residents and businesses in the development, extraction
and processing of oil and natural gas.
As published in ShaleMart magazine
Thepartnership describes itself as an alliance between local governments, chambers of commerce,
labor, education, development groups and employment organizations.
“We believe Stark County is the ideal place for companies involved
in the oil and gas industry, and their employees, to locate, live, work and
shop,” said Kirven. “Our activities are focused on making that a reality as the
fracking boom continues in Northeast Ohio and throughout the state.”
The partnership seeks to assist companies as they move into Stark
County by directing them to local services, organizations and businesses that
can make their move as seamless as possible.
Stark County boasts major interstate highways, access to rail, a
neighboring airport, an abundant supply of water, and major metropolitan areas
that offer outstanding residential, dining and shopping opportunities. Those
factors and more make Stark County the ideal location for any business.
The partnership also points to Stark’s educated and skilled
workforce, as well as the training provided through local colleges, the local
building trades, and local employment organizations, as an added benefit to
attracting businesses involved in the oil and gas industry.
Each year the partnership sponsors several events and seminars
designed to inform and educate the community about the safety and effectiveness
of fracking, and to bring together business and civic leaders in a networking
“The Utica shale play continues to become a larger piece of the
nation’s energy pie, and Ohio has benefitted immensely from the safe fracking
practices that are in place,” said Kirven. “Stark County is experiencing an
ongoing influx of oil and gas companies and their support industries, and we
will continue to encourage those companies to ‘Choose Stark’ when deciding
where to locate in Northeast Ohio.”