Friday, March 27, 2015

'Supply-Demand-Price' Expo jump-starts 2015 event calendar

Canton oil and gas expo
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details on the Expo in May
Get the low-down on the oil and gas industry's impact on Stark County at the "Supply-Demand-Price" Expo, Wednesday, May 13 at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton. The event will feature guest speakers from 3 to 5 p.m. and a networking reception to follow. 

Industry experts scheduled to speak are:
  • John Felmy, chief economist with the American Petroleum Institute, who will offer a national perspective on the oil and natural gas industry, the impact of lower oil prices, and what that means for shale plays across the country including in Ohio;
  • Jackie Stewart of Energy in Depth, who will discuss "State of the Utica Shale: How Ohio Compares to Other Basins";
  • Bryce Custer of NAI Spring Commercial Realty, discussing the impact of oil and gas on commercial real estate; and 
  • Rebecca Heimlich of the American Petroleum Institute, who will discuss API’s Energy Nation program and how it brings together the employees, retirees, vendors and suppliers of the oil and natural gas industry on critical issues facing the industry. 

The cost to attend is $65 for members of the Stark County Oil & Gas Partnership, and $80 for non-members. However, you can receive a $25 discount when you register if you sign up for a free membership in Energy Nation, a non-profit organization that promotes U.S. energy development, energy industry jobs and a stronger, more independent American energy future. Energy Nation is a major sponsor of the "Supply-Demand-Price" Expo.

For more information about the Expo or to register, click here.

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Beautiful Shady Hollow C.C.
Also on the calendar is the return of our Annual Golf Outing. This year's event promises to be another great day of golf and networking and will take place on Monday, June 15, at Shady Hollow Country Club in Massillon. Golf will be followed by dinner and a special guest speaker. Watch our website,, for details to come.

And keep an eye out for information on a special fall event that we'll be hosting in conjunction with the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce. The event will include a day of activities that every sportsman will enjoy, plus more updates on the Utica Shale and progress in the oil and gas industry. 

There's never been a better time to join the Partnership and to be a part of the economic and commercial boom in Stark County and the surrounding region. For more information, visit the membership page on our website. We hope to see you at the Expo in May, and at all of our events in 2015!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Alliances with Area Chambers of Commerce Benefits Partnership, Oil and Gas Industry

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

Meanwhile, the North Canton Area Chamber of Commerce ( emphasizes the benefits of living and doing business in its community. They’ve developed a special website that focuses specifically on those benefits,

“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.

This article was originally submitted for publication in ShaleMart's print and online editions.