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Marcellus and Utica

Posted by on May 20, 2013 in Blog | 47 comments

Deep beneath the surface, the Marcellus and Utica shale formations have trapped the natural gasses that are bringing new jobs to the Ohio River Valley. It’s been a long time since folks have relocated to Steubenville, and the city welcomes the opportunity, as does the rest of Ohio. In October 2011, CBS News called Steubenville a “Boom Town,” something that hasn’t happened in Ohio since it were considered The Western Reserve. The environmental impact is getting better to judge as we construct proper regulations at the...

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Marcellus Shale Market Access

Posted by on May 2, 2013 in Blog | 364 comments

Our friends at JobsOhio have been working on articulating how easy it is to access Appalachian Ohio. Suffice it to say that he market is very connected, with the Ohio River, numerous airports and major highways cutting right through the center of the region. Add to that a skilled labor pool and a friendly state tax structure, and according to the folks at Enterprise Appalachia, you’ve got yourself a recipe for...

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Oil & Gas Job Creation

Posted by on Apr 29, 2013 in Blog | 42 comments

Up-stream job production is keeping up a brisk pace, even amid some criticism surrounding the semantics with which these organizations are reposting jobs numbers. IHS Global Insight has a fairly comprehensive report here. And given the momentum to date, it still holds that the proper processes and structures will deliver enough safety protocol to make the oil and gas industry a successful one for Ohio and other production states.

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Ohio Incumbancy

Posted by on Jan 14, 2013 in Blog | 31 comments

Recognizing the Kasich administration’s care to not project confidence, and their will to stay far away from any hint of over-confidence, Thomas Suddes details an historical, numbers-based analysis of the odds in the next Ohio Governor’s race. With the race so far away, clearly, many things can happen, but a look into the past often informs the...

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Murky Ruling for JobsOhio

Posted by on Oct 1, 2012 in Blog | 87 comments

JobsOhio, the private economic development engine designed by the Kasich administration to kick start Ohio’s job creation efforts, suffered an ambiguous ruling by the Ohio Supreme Court last week. The court, while not striking down the effort, elected not to support it by not hearing a case that would have fast tracked the transaction to fund the program. While not a deciding blow, the move leaves the signature program in a limbo of sorts. The issue hinges on whether the Ohio Governor can create a private corporation and allow it to use...

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Bloomberg Supports Natural Gas

Posted by on Aug 28, 2012 in Blog | 63 comments

In a statement today reiterating his support for the use of fracking to extract natural gas in New York State, Mayor Michael Bloomberg today backed the use of the practice, with the caveat that it be far away from the water supply of New York City. Bloomberg, a former finance and media magnate, is a high profile supporter of the practice. It could also be argued that he skews progressive on most political issues, especially as relate to social policy within New York City. As a three-term mayor of the city, let’s see if his support holds...

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Euro-fracking a no-go

Posted by on Jul 17, 2012 in Blog | 134 comments

Some interesting analysis from our friends at The Economist on the perception of natural gas extraction in Europe — it is not good. Typical not in my backyard policy has resulted in wasted resource potential across the continent, at a time when they need natural gas as badly, or perhaps worse, than here in the US. Euro gas prices (petrol and other) are, on average, quite a bit higher than here, and the untapped potential could serve to alleviate upward pressure on those prices. Glad that the US is actually taking a more proactive, if...

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Ohio’s Fracking Windfall

Posted by on Jul 2, 2012 in Blog | 37 comments

Though the reports are merely estimates, there is quite a bit of value added through the natural gas extractions being pursued in our state. The latest from The Dispatch puts the figures at slightly more than $180 million. Take a look at the line items and locations...

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Keeping spending in check

Posted by on Jun 28, 2012 in Blog | 15 comments

Governor Kasich has set the tone for fiscal responsibility in Ohio state government, now he is reinforcing the message. Kasich’s budget folks, including director Tim Keen, have recognized that the current recovery is both fragile and slow. Accordingly, they’ve asked state agencies to prepare for consistent spending levels in the next biennial budget, while also being ready to cut 10% from current levels. Asking state agencies to do this type of contingency planning keeps Ohio nimble, ready to react should the economy (and by...

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Mandel Leading in Drilling, Jobs Dialog

Posted by on Jun 11, 2012 in Blog | 26 comments

Late last week GOP Senate candidate Josh Mandel warned of radical outside environmental groups hindering jobs progress here in Ohio. Delivered at a business round table type of event, Mandel displayed leadership by committing to the gas drilling dialog and its potential for job creation. Mandel points the finger at Hollywood and Madison Avenue for the source of this unwelcome influence, and is asking his “Heartland” statesmen to step up and call the environmental groups out on their attempts to hinder job growth in Ohio. The...

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