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Short Courses

Shale Economic Development and Utilization Opportunities

Thursday, April 4, 2013   9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Penn State Beaver Student Union Building “Lodge”
100 University Drive, Monaca, PA


This short course is aimed at providing stakeholders with the information needed to understand the opportunities and issues in shale gas development. Instructors for this course have extensive expertise in workforce and economic development, shale gas research, regional labor analysis and industry-wide best management practices. Course content will be relevant for business owners, entrepreneurs, environmental consultants, project planners and engineers, economic development officials, government officials, attorneys and more.


James Ladlee – Jim currently serves as Associate Director at the Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research, Director of Special Initiatives for the Shale Training and Education Center (ShaleTEC formerly MSETC), and as Managing Director of the Oil and Gas Leaders Institute for the Appalachian Basin. He has extensive experience teaching all aspects of oil and gas development including shale economics, supply chain, drilling, and environmental compliance to a variety of audiences in industry, business, government, education, non-governmental organizations, and the general public. His research efforts have focused on the workforce requirements for shale development, oil and gas training capacity within the education community, shale economic assessment, regional labor analysis, land use trends in drilling, industry best-management practices, and supply chain requirements.

Matt Henderson - Matt is the Shale Gas Asset Manager at the Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research. His roles include community education, oil and shale gas research and economic development. Matt helps coordinate and deliver programs related to sudden wealth, economic development and community outreach. He has also chaired two successful business to business oil and gas expos helping connect industry with local businesses featuring over 200 vendors and nearly 1500 attendees at each. In addition, Matt has developed several programs to help business owners understand and enter the natural gas industry.


The cost for this course is $379, register early for $329. This course has been approved for Professional Development Hours (PDHs) and Continuing Education (CEUs). All registrants will receive a set of course materials.

Tentative Agenda

8:30 a.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. Safety Overview, Announcements and Introductions
9:15 a.m. Understanding the US and Regional Energy Portfolio
9:45 a.m. Shale Trends
10:30 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. Shale Upstream and Midstream Supply Chain Opportunities
11:30 a.m. How to Get Involved
12:00 Lunch
1:00 p.m. Ethane Crackers 201
1:45 p.m. Ethylene Uses and Manufacturing Opportunities
2:30 p.m. Break
2:45 p.m. Transporation and Natural Gas: Fueling, Infrastructure, Vehicles, OEM's, Programs
3:45 p.m. Wrap Up
4:00 p.m. Safe trip home

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