Website launched for shale jobs

Kimberly Lewis Dix Communications Published:

COLUMBUS -- Energy in Depth - Ohio has launched Ohio's first jobs site focusing specifically on employment opportunities supported by the development of the Utica Shale in the Buckeye State.

The site, available at http://www.EIDOhio.org/jobsite, is designed as a one-stop resource to help Ohioans become aware of, and secure, new opportunities in Ohio's burgeoning oil and natural gas industry which is providing good-paying jobs in many areas throughout the state.

The interactive website is designed to connect job seekers with companies and vendors developing oil and natural gas in the Utica Shale, as well as the supply chain that supports those companies. There are 29 companies listed on the site at press-time.

"With more than 10,000 jobs created last year alone, and studies projecting the creation of more than 204,000 jobs through 2015, it's important that Ohioans know what great opportunities exist here in the Buckeye State," said Dan Alfaro, spokesperson for Energy In Depth. "Energy in Depth Ohio is committed to ensuring Ohioans are in the best possible position to take advantage of these opportunities. This site helps facilitate that by providing a direct connection between the industry and our communities - an important step in putting Ohio back to work, and returning prosperity to our state."

"Thanks to the development of the Utica Shale, there will be many job opportunities in Ohio for years to come," said Mark Matusick, manager of corporate development at Chesapeake Energy. "While some of those jobs will come directly from oil and gas companies, many additional positions can be expected within industries that are indirectly benefitting from oil and gas production in the Buckeye state. At Chesapeake, we support any program that links those who are seeking jobs to the employment opportunities and job training that exist. EID Ohio is a group that is well connected in the state and well suited to provide useful information to anyone seeking to know more about the benefits and opportunities resulting from oil and gas production here."

Just launched, the site has already been recognized by multiple organizations across Ohio, including the Ohio Chamber of Commerce's Ohio Shale Coalition, who are committed to improving Ohio's economy and providing opportunities for hard working Ohioans.

"Shale energy has the potential to create thousands of jobs for Ohioans. To capitalize on that opportunity we must ensure that our businesses have the tools to succeed and our citizens are prepared for the jobs they create," said Linda Woggon, executive vice president of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce. "The Ohio Shale Coalition salutes Energy in Depth for creating a comprehensive center on its website for Ohioan's seeking career training and employment opportunities related to shale energy. This is another example of how Ohio is doing it right!"

"There is no doubt in my mind that increased natural gas development will bring jobs and economic growth to our state. Increasing natural gas development is part of a true 'all of the above' approach to energy development that will lower energy prices, take America one step closer to energy independence, and create much needed jobs in Ohio. It is important to make sure these Ohio jobs are filled by Ohioans. When we can fully take advantage of our energy resources without the government standing in the way, we will see a resurgence of American exceptionalism," said Congressman Bill Johnson, who represents Ohio 16th District.

"We've already seen what sort of impact this shale development will have in investments and job opportunities for our communities with the arrival of Halliburton and the expansion of Producer Services. This site will help our residents find more opportunities to secure good, well-paying jobs in the years to come," noted Tom Poorman, president of the Zanesville-Muskingum Chamber of Commerce.

Cambridge Chamber of Commerce President Jo Sexton agrees, "I think it's great that we now have a jobs and education clearinghouse to help local residents find the training and opportunities in the oil and gas industry here in Ohio. As exploration and activity continues to ramp up in Guernsey County, it's imperative our workforce has the tools to locate these opportunities and take full advantage of them."

In addition to connecting Ohioan's to these new opportunities, which in Pennsylvania are providing an average wage $81,000 per year in core industries, the site also provide an understanding or what degrees or certifications are needed for the many career paths available in the oil and gas industry

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