From Ohio University:

The 2nd Annual State of the Region conference is scheduled for June 4th in the Walter Hall Rotunda on the campus of Ohio University. The conference will build upon information and data presented one year ago in our inaugural meeting where we discussed "Understanding the Boom and Bust Cycle for Greater Sustainability." This year's program, "Shale and Beyond," will follow up on topics related to this active industry in Ohio.

Panel discussions include: Education and Workforce Development, Community Impacts, Capturing Local Wealth, Policy and Environmental Impacts, Jobs and Economic Development.Panelists include representatives from the gas and oil industry, scholars and local organizations involved with these topics, and citizens from areas in our region where hydraulic fracturing activity is ongoing.

Keynote speakers are also a mix of industry and policy professionals. We are pleased to announce that Earl Gohl, federal co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission will be our capstone speaker.

The purpose of the State of the Region conference is to promote an atmosphere for informational exchange across organizations, industries and communities.

There is no charge for attending the conference. Registration is required, as space is limited. Register online at:

Are you involved with an organization related to these topics? Sponsorship opportunities and informational display tables are still available for organizations. If you'd like to have your organization represented, please contact Trenia Twyman,, 740.597.1460 for details.

Registration: 8:00 - 8:30 a.m.

Program: 8:30 - 3:30 p.m.

click here for the conference flyer