Late last year, Youngstown attracted more than 1,000 people to a one-day downtown business conference themed largely around how to make money in the early stages of exploring oil and natural gas from Ohio’s Utica shale.
This year’s event, the Youngstown Ohio Utica & Natural Gas 2012 Conference & Expo in early September, will be a little bit different in a couple of ways from last November’s program. First, this will be primarily a business-to-business event, unlike last year, when the public was allowed in free for morning programs at the Covelli Centre in downtown Youngstown.
Registration is $100 for the Sept. 6 session. The Sept. 7 session is $50, while the kickoff Industry Insider Reception on Wednesday, Sept. 5, is $25.
The focus this year will be more on what are called midstream operations that involve such things as processing shale oil and natural gas and not as much on the exploration and drilling, said Tony Paglia, spokesman for the expo sponsor Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber.
And the two-day event will take place in two different venues. The first day, which runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., will be at the Covelli Centre, while the second day, involving largely breakout panel discussions, will be 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Holiday Inn Boardman.
“We have more vendors and more space this year,” Paglia said.
Last year’s expo was on a cold and snowy day — the early September weather will be more comfortable for YOUNG 2012, he said. (Yes, the promoters use the acronym YOUNG.)
Harry Schurr, general manager of Consol Energy’s Utica operations, is the keynote speaker at 11 a.m. Sept. 6 at the Covelli Centre. Youngstown Mayor Charles Sammarone will give welcoming remarks in the morning, with Warren Mayor Doug Franklin speaking in the afternoon.
Other scheduled speakers that day are Joel Mastervich, president and chief operating officer, V&M, 9:20 a.m.; David Mustine, managing director, energy, chemicals and polymers for JobsOhio, 10 a.m.; John Bonn, president, NiSource Midstream Services, 2:05 p.m.; and Sean Clawges, director, global manufacturing expansion, Exterran, 3 p.m.
The first speaker Sept. 7 at the Holiday Inn Boardman is Scott Miller, director of energy and environmental programs, Ohio University’s Voinovich School, at 8:30 a.m.
Two breakout sessions run from 9 a.m. to noon. They are Water Technologies Throughout the Fracturing Process and Logistics in Midstream: Understanding the Essential Buildout.
For information, go to www.young2012expo.com.
Jim Mackinnon can be reached at 330-996-3544 or email@example.com.