The Geauga Growth Partnership is offering a series of five educational meetings for Geauga County businesses and other interested persons on the growing opportunities and challenges presented by the exploration, drilling, distribution and use of oil and gas from the Marcellus and Utica shale deposits. These deposits underlie a large part of eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania, as well as other states in the Appalachian region and are estimated to contain significant quantities of oil and gas.

The five programs will focus on topics of critical importance to the growth of businesses that have—or can develop—products or services to serve oil and gas drillers and their ancillary industries.


“Understanding the Drill Site Supply Chain – The Business Perspective” on September 25, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. at Punderson State Park in Newbury. Confirmed speakers: Bill Kinney (Summit Petroleum, Twinsburg); Jim Rose (Producers Service Corp., Zanesville); and Brooks Miller (Ken Miller Supply Co., Wooster). Program chair: Joseph Haas (Reserve Energy Exploration, Auburn). Registration for the first session is open and available at:


Other programs in the series will focus on the following topics. Dates and locations will be announced in the next few months. All programs will feature a current status report on oil and gas drilling and investments in the Utica shale region.


“Utica Shale Oil and Gas: The Economic and Environmental Impact.” November 15,

8:30 – 10:30 a.m., Punderson State Park, Newbury.


“Starting a New Business to Serve the Utica Oil and Gas Play.” Target date: January,



“Utica Oil and Gas Development: New Competition for Workforce, Real Estate

and Other Resources.” Target date: March, 2013.


“The Mid and Downstream the Utica Oil and Gas Business: Market Opportunities in

Distribution, Raw Materials Processing and Manufacturing.” Target date:

May, 2013.


The Geauga Growth Partnership has developed this education series in response to member interest in factual, unbiased information that will support informed business decision-making. The GGP’s Shale Energy Task Force is chaired by John Steigerwald (Etna Products, Bainbridge). Questions about the program series or Task Force activities may be sent to Mr. Steigerwald at or Frank Samuel, GGP President, at