|As published in ShaleMart magazine|
The Stark County Oil and Gas Partnership is an alliance between local governments, chambers of commerce, labor, education, development groups and employment organizations, formed to promote a complete understanding of the oil and gas industry, promote oil and gas extraction efforts that are environmentally responsible and encourage the use of Stark County residents and businesses in the development, extraction and processing of oil and natural gas.
To accomplish its objectives, the Partnership works closely with area chambers of commerce and economic development organizations to help promote the region and raise awareness about the importance of the oil and gas industry to the Stark County economy. Included among those partners are the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and the North Canton Area Chamber of Commerce.
The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce has actively promoted the oil and gas industry and its impact on Canton since 2012. In addition to working with the Partnership to help promote the region, the Canton Chamber offers a series of seminars and conferences “designed to help businesses find their opportunities in oil and gas economy,” according to David Kaminski, the chamber’s vice president for public policy and energy.
The Canton Regional Chamber maintains a website at www.cantonchamber.org.
Meanwhile, the North Canton Area Chamber of Commerce (www.northcantonchamber.org) emphasizes the benefits of living and doing business in its community. They’ve developed a special website that focuses specifically on those benefits, www.liverightherenorthcanton.com.
“We have excellent city services, a low income tax rate, and no traffic congestion,” said Doug Lane, president of the North Canton Chamber. He points to the development of the Hoover District, located in the former headquarters building of the Hoover Company, as one of the citys many locations that offer low-cost office space.
Lane also promotes the fact that parking is free throughout the city, along with the convenience of immediate access to both Interstate 77 and the Akron-Canton Regional Airport. Walsh University is located in the city, and four other institutions of higher learning—Kent State University at Stark, Malone University, the University of Mount Union, and Stark State College—are located nearby.
The Stark County Oil and Gas Partnership is proud to work with these and other area chambers to help promote the advantages of living and doing business in Stark County.
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