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Outlook for manufacturing sector remains positive

CHILLICOTHE – Manufacturing remains an important part of the overall workforce in Chillicothe and is expected to continue its success moving into 2016 as local officials say they foresee anticipated growth not only within the city, but the Appalachian region as a whole.

John Molinaro, president and CEO of the Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth, is one individual who already predicts good things for the Chillicothe region.

“I think the Chillicothe area has great promise for additional manufacturing development,” Molinaro said. “The highway corridors there provide excellent opportunities for capturing growth, particularly in the automotive and transportation sectors … so I think the county’s got tremendous opportunity and the biggest strength the county has is the strength we have all over Appalachian Ohio.”

Still, he said there remains challenges, including the fact that the area has difficulty competing for projects because it does not have an…

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Gulfport Energy Announces $500K Gift for Foundation

Gulfport Energy made a $500,000 gift to the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio this week.

Gulfport CEO and President Mike Moore announced the new contribution, which will build on Gulfport’s existing partnership with FAO through the Gulfport Energy Fund at the foundation.

The Gulfport Energy Fund serves the Ohio counties where Gulfport operates.

Grants from the fund support projects that increase quality of life, create access to opportunities or identify and implement solutions to community needs.

More than $300,000 of the new gift will be invested in the Gulfport Energy Fund for grantmaking in these communities.

“We have witnessed the passion and hard-working spirit of the people making a difference in each community and today, we are pleased to increase our investment in Appalachian Ohio with this gift to further encourage and support the region,” Moore said.

Because of the additional investment in the Gulfport Energy Fund, Gulfport is expanding the service area of the fund to…

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New Study: Agricultural sector to benefit from new natural gas pipeline infrastructure

FREDERICKTOWN — The Ohio State Grange today (Nov. 19) released a new analysis examining the interrelationship between the agricultural sector and access to affordable natural gas supplies in Ohio and Michigan.

The analysis, conducted by Hillsdale College Professors Dr. Gary Wolfram and Dr. Charles Steele, examines two key aspects of new underground natural gas pipeline projects: safety and the net benefits they deliver to the farming community.

“Agriculture is the traditional industry of America’s Midwest and the livelihood of millions of Americans,” said Lisa Tharp, legislative director of the Ohio State Grange. “It’s important to recognize the positive impact that natural gas pipeline infrastructure will have on farming in the 21st century. Increasing access to affordable natural gas will serve as a great benefit to our region’s farmers that face increasing costs.”

In recent years, Ohio has become a new epicenter of energy development with natural gas production increasing from…

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CSU study predicts Utica Shale will fuel big demand for new jobs

The greatest challenge facing the oil and gas industry isn’t the low price of commodities, it’s demographics.

In the next 5 years or so, baby boomers will retire from the industry, leaving a vacuum of skills and leadership.

To capture new jobs from the anticipated “great crew change,” Ohio needs to educate workers for a range of highly skilled jobs, according to a three-part study released Wednesday by researchers at Cleveland State University’s Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs.


Researchers from the college’s Center for Economic Development and Energy Policy Center estimate Utica drilling and production will generate 10,505 full-time jobs in Ohio by 2019; a third of those jobs will require higher education. That’s up from an estimated 7,558 jobs this year.

Additionally, the anticipated investment of $4.7 billion over the next five years in interstate pipelines and natural gas processing plants will generate 5,000 construction jobs a year, according the…

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