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Rising Rust Belt Revitalization Economic Summit
Save the Date – Monday Oct. 7 at Park Inn by Radisson

Tentatively Confirmed as Speakers: Ohio Lt. Governor John Husted and PA Lt. Governor John Fetterman

This Summit is an opportunity to collaboratively develop and activate a wide array of strategically innovative revitalization growth concepts for the eastern Ohio & western PA region – midway between Pittsburgh and Cleveland in the heart of the rust belt. This summit will also help empower our area to envision itself more cohesively, collaboratively and dynamically as we move forward together – working to develop and create our own definition of a successful future for our region.

Date: Monday, October 7, 2019
Time: 8AM – 3PM (Light Breakfast and Buffet Lunch Included)
Location: Park Inn by Radisson, 3377 New Castle Rd., West Middlesex

The summit is (Monday, Oct. 7) plenary meetings with special state-invited speakers; breakout sessions; vendor areas, and an entrepreneurial ‘shark-tank’ pitch session w/ cash prizes to close out the summit.

Continental breakfast and buffet lunch w/dessert included. Tickets are $40.

Also (Sunday, Oct. 6) for sponsors, vendors, facilitators & invited
elected officials: an evening mixer the night before includes light hors d’oeuvres, drink tickets and entertainment. See below for Sponsorship opportunities.

  • Economic Development and Entrepreneurship
  • Community Development and Innovation
    Government Development & Education
  • Workforce Development & Retention

Please contact for sponsorship details or call 724.981.5880.

Purchase tickets here


Past Events

Utica Midstream
Thu. 3/21/2019

7:30 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Barrette Center at Walsh University
North Canton, OH

Registration is now open!

Exploration and production, oil and gas public policy

  • Learn what’s new in the energy business
  • Build your network of business contacts
  • Find your opportunity

Cost: $425

November 27, 2018 TriState Infrastructure Summit

9 am – 4 pm
Regional Learning Alliance, 850 Cranberry Woods Drive, Cranberry Township, PA 16066
$225 registration fee includes breakfast, lunch, all speakers and break-out sessions

Presented by Members of the TriState Infrastructure Council and Partners

Register Now!

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The purpose of the Tristate Infrastructure Summit is to develop a priority agenda for transportation and infrastructure needs in the Ohio River Valley integral to downstream petrochemical industry and related economic growth.

Current and pending opportunities in our region are impacting many stakeholders – from the construction and manufacturing industries to economic development professionals, elected officials and a broad­ based workforce . By creating a forum where the private sector is engaged with the public sector and the broader civic and economic development communities, the Tristate Infrastructure Summit will serve to accelerate the identification and deployment of critical regional projects, including those that span political boundaries.

Summit proceedings will be published and widely disseminated as a near-term agenda for action.

Opportunities for on-going networking among attendees will follow the summit.

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Appalachian Storage Hub Conference – June 7th, 2018, Washington County

Explore the  next regional mega project 

The Appalachian Storage Hub is a $10+ billion infrastructure project that will allow the chemical and downstream sectors to grow synergistically, leading to an economic revitalization of the Appalachian Basin. The shale gas revolution has delivered, with billions invested in the region, providing low cost energy and feedstock. That has resulted in a dramatic 50% increase in downstream chemicals investment such as the multi-billion dollar Shell ethane cracker. This is just the beginning!

You will discover:

  • Why a storage hub is critical, and how it works
  • Behind the scenes progress to date in funding, siting, and permitting
  • Critical next steps
  • Types of products and services that will be required for this mega project

You will have unique networking opportunities:

  • Key regional governmental decision makers
  • Natural gas exploration and production companies
  • Midstream gas companies and suppliers
  • Downstream Chemical producers and other manufacturers

The storage hub sits at the confluence of all of these sectors. To maximize opportunities an open back and forth dialogue is critical. All sectors will benefit from the storage hub and all are needed to support rapid development of this regional mega project.

That is the unique perspective this conference offers. Key players and sectors will all be present.

Why you need to attend:

This is the first conference to specifically address the regional economic infrastructure platform of the decade. Help shape the future and establish relationships with those driving this mega project.


Shell Chemical to Showcase Appalachia Petrochemical Project

The Northeast US Petrochemical Construction Conference & Exhibition (Pittsburgh, June 18-19th) is positioned at the forefront of the burgeoning Petrochemical industry in the US Northeast region.  Over 600+ senior level decision makers will be in attendance including – Shell Chemical, US Methanol, Sabic, Chevron, DTE Energy, Thirumalai Chemicals India, Mountaineer NGL, Duke Energy, Tenaska and many more.

Just some of this year’s featured sessions include:

  • Shell Chemicals VP Pennsylvania to Give Keynote Address – With Shell Chemicals Appalachia cracker project lighting the initial match for the Petrochemical boom in the Northeast region. Hilary Mercer, will be delivering a keynote address
  • Boosting Economic Development in the Tri-State Region – Hear C level representatives from Chevron, People Natural Gas, the West Virginia Department of Commerce and the Pennsylvania Senate evaluating the prospects to enhance the regions opportunities in petrochemical & plastics manufacturing
  • A Step-by-Step Guide to Site Availability in the North East – Discover the key factors that make a site desirable from the perspective of a project developer and use this knowledge to inform your site selection strategy in Northeast. Featuring – The Thrasher Group, The Hamman Consulting Group, NAI Ohio River Corridor, McGowan Corporate Real Estate Advisors, Integrated Energy Advisors

Brochure Relaunch – to view the recently updated event brochure including all the latest attendees, speakers and sessions please go here – North East Petrochemical Brochure

Executive Speaker Line-up

2018 speakers include:

  • Hilary Mercer, Vice President Pennsylvania Chemicals, Shell Chemical
  • Sajjad Ahmed, Former Bechtel Project Manager on PTTGC Ohio Cracker Project, now Snr Project Manager at SABIC
  • Stacey Olson, President Appalachia, Chevron
  • David Hooker, President Mountaineering NGL Storage, Energy Storage Ventures
  • Secretary H. Wood Thrasher, Cabinet Secretary, West Virginia Department of Commerce
  • Senator Camera Bartolotta, State Senator, Pennsylvania Senate
  • Mike Turzai, Speaker of the House, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
  • David Ruppersberger, President, Pittsburgh Regional Alliance
  • Morgan O’Brien, CEO, Peoples Natural Gas
  • Chad Riley, CEO, The Thrasher Group
  • Robert Richard, SVP of Major Enterprise Projects, DTE Energy
  • Frank Bakker, CEO, US Methanol
  • Christopher Reber, President, Community College of Beaver County
  • Abdulaziz Al-Shaikh, Director – Planning & Cost Control E&PM – Projects Assurance & Compliance, SABIC


Save $200 – to celebrate the relaunch of the brochure we’re offering $200 discount on attending b– simply use the code RELAUNCH200 when you register online here –

If you have any further questions or want info on our group discounted rates please contact me on the details below.

Jonny Witherspoon

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PIOGA Spring Meeting: March 21, 2018
Interesting presentation by People’s National Gas Company – Forge the Future Presentation

2018 Drake’s Well Petroleum Series
Sponsored by Friends of Drake Well, Inc., Crawford Heritage Community Foundation, Keystone Community Education Center & the NW PA Oil & Gas Hub, Oil Region Alliance, Titusville Community Development Agency, and American Desk & Derrick Club
Adults (12-64 years) $5.00
Seniors (65+ years) $4.00
FDW Members & children under 12 No Charge

Drake Well Museum and Park

202 Museum Lane
Titusville, PA 16354
(814) 827-2797

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Presentation at 6:30 p.m.

3/1/18 – Shell Cracker Plant Project Overview: Presenter – Joe Minnitte, External Relations Advisor, Shell
• Shell Chemical Appalachia LLC is constructing a facility in Potter Township, PA, which will take locally sourced ethane and convert it into polyethylene pellets. These plastic pellets, will be sold to manufacturers, to produce everyday items like containers, toys, bottles and other household goods. The presentation will consist of a project overview including work done to date, current project status and a synopsis of the operational facility.

3/8/18 – The Well Tender: A Soldier’s Journey from Battlefield to Oilfield: Presenter – Roxanne Hitchcock, Historian

3/15/18 – Oil-It is Still God’s Given Gift: Presenter – Ken Baake, Associate Professor, English, Texas Tech University
• Oil as the fuel of modern society and industry has been closely linked to religious stories, beliefs, and practices for thousands of years. This presentation discusses newspaper articles, technical manuals, song lyrics, and other literature of the time to reveal how the discovery of oil supported the prevailing attitude among European settlers of America that this was the Promised Land, the New Jerusalem. Oil was God’s gift to help us realize our destiny after the Civil War. Mr. Baake’s research has taken him to the library of the Drake Well and Museum in Titusville to look at books and other written records of the late 19th century boom in that region. He concludes that this acceptance of oil as a gift from God makes it difficult even today to transition away to other fuels.

3/22/18 – Titusville Victorians: Presenter – William B. Moore, Historian
• William Moore has been researching the people of the Titusville area during the period 1860-1900 for 40 years. At first, he focused on the families of oil men–starting with Edwin Drake and including pioneers Brewer, Eveleth and Bissell. He then made a detour through the prostitutes and pimps like French Kate, Champagne Mamie and Ben Hogan, and next got around to builders and architects like Hiram Smith, Henry E. Wrigley, William Van Ulrich, Joseph M. Blackburn, John S. Coddington, and Enoch A. Curtis. For the last 5 years, he’s researched the families of Titusville High School graduates from its first 20 graduating classes, 1871-1890–a wide panorama indeed!–and just completed an article about the women of the oil aristocracy. He will single out a few interesting folks from each group, and talk about how he “found” them, what they did, and who they seem to have been as individuals.

3/29/18 – Solar Energy in NW PA: Presenter – John Purvis, President, Solar Revolution Erie

• Mr. Purvis will discuss Solar power, how it works and why it is more affordable now than ever

January 11, 2018 Regional Summit: Advancing the Petrochemical Industry Opportunities in NW PA
Summit Summary
Summit Feedback Survey
If you attended the January 11th Summit, you should have received a link to a SurveyMonkey questionaire. If you have not, please download the attached form PDF, fill it out and save and attach to an email to
DCED PowerPoint Presentation
Northeast Petrochemical Industry Market Outlook 2018
Forge the Future: Pennsylvania’s Path to an Advanced Energy-enabled Economy

Monaca, PA – Community College of Beaver County (CCBC) and Shell Oil Company are joining forces to host two events on Thursday, October 12 to inform and educate area residents about opportunities in Beaver County, including the jobs the ethane cracker plant will provide, the requirements and qualifications for employment, and the need to build a diverse regional workforce.

“As Beaver County and the region prepare for more abundant employment opportunities in the petrochemical industry, CCBC recognizes the importance of providing venues and opportunities for people to gain a thorough understanding of what the future holds and how to train for those emerging jobs now,” said CCBC President Dr. Chris Reber.

Both events will take place at CCBC’s Center Township campus, located at 1 Campus Drive, Monaca, PA.

Shell Pennsylvania Chemicals Military Petrochemical Day

The Shell Pennsylvania Chemicals Military Petrochemical Day will take place from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. in room 9103 of CCBC’s Learning Resources Center. This career forum is a free one-day conference for current and former military men and women from all branches of service who are interested in working at the Shell Pennsylvania Chemicals Project.

Sponsored by Shell Oil Company, the conference is designed to provide military personnel with an overview of the Pennsylvania Chemicals Project, a summary of the skills that are transferable to jobs within the Pennsylvania Chemicals Project, the application process, and educational scholarship opportunities available for those pursuing process technology positions. Leaders from regional Veteran service organizations will also highlight the benefits and services available to military personnel.

The day will begin with welcoming remarks by CCBC President Chris Reber and Shell Manager of Operations and Craft Recruitment David Smith. Other Shell representatives participating in the conference will include Technology Manager at the Pennsylvania Chemicals Project Arthur Bailey, Recruiter Dylan Raymond, Regional Operations and Craft Recruiter Krista Borstell, and Workforce Development Specialist David Esquibel.

The afternoon session will feature speakers from Bechtel, the main contractor responsible for construction of the Pennsylvania Chemicals Project, and conclude with a military panel discussion comprised of Shell’s Veteran employees, who will provide personal insight into their careers at Shell and answer audience questions on various aspects of employment with Shell.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Shell Pennsylvania Chemicals: Building/Construction Trades and Manufacturing Career Expo

In a proactive effort to inform all residents about current and emerging job opportunities, the second of the day’s events, the Shell Pennsylvania Chemicals: Building/Construction Trades and Manufacturing Career Expo, will take place at 6 p.m. in the CCBC Dome.

The Career Expo is free, and it is open to everyone.

“Our goal for the Expo is to educate attendees about the types of jobs our facility will provide so people can take necessary steps to prepare,” explained Joe Minnitte, External Relations Advisor for Shell Oil Company. “This event will give residents facts about local training programs, types of jobs within our facility, and access to other employers in the region.”

Short-term, intermediate, and long-term career opportunities will be available at the facility, in other manufacturing organizations, and throughout the area in future years. An estimated 6,000 workers from building and construction trades, including bricklayers, boilermakers, carpenters, electricians, welders, installers, ironworkers, pipefitters, steamfitters, and general laborers, will be needed during the cracker plant’s construction phase. Once operational, there will be 600 permanent full-time jobs paying family-sustaining wages in career areas such as process technology, engineering, and maintenance, among others. Certificates, two-year, four-year, and graduate degree programs will prepare employees in many areas of the future Beaver County workforce.

Career Expo attendees will meet with trade union leaders, local college representatives, and other training providers; hear from labor, industry and education professionals; and discover what the jobs are, where to find them, and how to prepare for them.

“CCBC is honored to host professionals from labor, industry, and education who will share information and success strategies from their respective organizations to help Beaver County prepare for a new and vibrant future,” said Reber.

Veterans can register online for the Shell Pennsylvania Chemicals Military Petrochemical Day at

Interested attendees are encouraged to RSVP for the Shell Pennsylvania Chemicals: Building/Construction Trades and Manufacturing Career Expo online at

For more information about either event, please email or call 724-480-3451.

Past Events

Join us for a hands on seminar where attendees will be provided with the information and tools to support the expansion of our region’s energy infrastructure.

Please call 814-677-4427 or to register.


Video of our March 8th – Regional Impact of the Petrochemical/Cracker Plant On NW PA is now available on youtube! Our sincere thanks to Stream Entertainment for making this available!

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March 8, 2017: Regional Impact of the Petrochemical/Cracker Plant on Western PA 
From: 9AM to 4PM (Registration: 8-9AM)
Location: Cross Creek Resort, 3815 State Rt. 8 Titusville, PA 16354
Cost: $65/person or $50/person if registering in a group of 2 or more.

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Past Events

November 12, 2013

Market Entry for the Shale Gas Industry:  Northwest Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Hub; National Transit Building, Oil City, PA

Market Entry for the Shale Gas Industry

October 10, 2013

Supply Chain Basics, Northwest Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Hub; Cross Creek Resort, Titusville, PA

September 10, 2013

Natural Gas:  The Building Block for Economic Growth And What It Could Mean For Pennsylvania; Northwest Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Hub; Cross Creek Resort, Titusville, PA

November 9th, 2012

Jefferson County Department of Development “O” Ring CNG, Brookville, PA

November 1, 2012
“Shale Gas and the Economic Impact for Northwest Pennsylvania.”; Northwest Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Hub; Venango Technology Center, Oil City, PA

March 21, 2012 – May 30, 2012 (6 Wednesday sessions)

Business Prep for the Oil and Gas Industry Certificate Program- Put your Business Ahead of the Competition!;  Northwest Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Hub;  Klapec  Auto Body, Cranberry, PA

March – June, 2012

Pipe Welding
, Nine-week course, coordinated by the Keystone council, and offered by the Community College of Allegheny County; Venango Technology Center, Oil City, PA

Cranberry High School senior Skyler Shotts

Cranberry High School senior Skyler Shotts keeps a close eye on the progress of a cutting torch as he makes cuts on several sections of pipe during his welding class at Venango Technology Center. (By Jerry Sowden)

June 7th, 2012

Business2Business Forum “What’s in it for You?” Northwest Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Hub; Venango Technology Center, Oil City, PA 16301

Business2Business Forum "What's in it for You?"

April 6, 2011

NW PA Regional Oil and Gas Industry Job Fair: Cranberry Mall, Venango County

NW PA Regional Oil and Gas Industry Job Fair
February 9, 2011:
Educational Opportunities and Facilities in Northwest PA for the Oil and Gas Industry, NW PA Marcellus Shale Taskforce; Miller Training/Sperian Fall Arrest Systems, Inc., Franklin, PA

Oct. 6-7, 2010
Northwestern Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale Showcase: NW PA Marcellus Shale Taskforce , Cross Creek Resort, Titusville. 90 exhibitors, nearly 1,000 attendees

Northwestern Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale Showcase: NW PA Marcellus Shale Taskforce , Cross Creek Resort, Titusville
June 9, 2010
Opportunities for You With Marcellus Shale: Presented by Northwest PA Marcellus Shale Taskforce (Later to become NWPA Oil and Gas Hub to cover more than Marcellus Shale) Venango Technology Center, Oil City, PA (almost 300 attended)

June 2, 16, July 7, 21, Aug. 4, 18, 2010

Your Business and Marcellus Shale: Building Business Connections: Six-part Webinar series presented by Keystone CEC and Penn State Extension education. Locations: Clarion, Sharon, Oil City, Meadville.