Ohio Shale Energy 2012 Conference helping local businesses discover opportunities in the shale supply chain

March 26, 2012

Athens, OH (Mar. 27, 2012) – The media and area businesses are invited to attend the "Ohio Shale Energy 2012: Discovering Supply Chain Opportunities" conference, at the Pritchard Laughlin Civic Center in Cambridge, Ohio, April 11, 2012.

This showcase regional event will bring together industry experts and businesses interested in becoming suppliers to the shale energy industry in Ohio. Highlights of the conference include:

·Invaluable, firsthand advice from more than 20 industry experts on how to become a supplier, including Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, Chesapeake Energy, Ariel Corporation, The Shaw Group, River Consulting, Timken, Ken Miller Supply, Inc., Pioneer Group, and many more

·Industry information about market potential in Ohio and where/how money will be spent

·Networking sessions to engage business connections and opportunities

·Entry into the Ohio Shale Supply Chain Database to establish a local network of shale businesses and suppliers

"This event will provide insight for small and large businesses about what it takes to get your foot in the door of the oil and gas industry," said Jo Sexton, president of the Cambridge Area Chamber of Commerce. "We have a mix of industry experts and local experience that promises to be valuable for all attendees interested in entering the supply chain." 

Keynote speaker Michael Levett, senior director and vice board chair for CDC Development Solutions (CDS), will focus on what it takes to grow a successful industry in Ohio that benefits the state. Formerly president and chief executive officer of CDS, Levett led his organization's expansion into more than 80 countries on five continents and created the company's practice area in supply chain quality management and local content development. Levett has more than 30 years experience working in and with the private sector worldwide, with small- and medium-size enterprise development in emerging and frontier markets, and with local and national governments.

By registering for the conference, attendees will be entered into the Ohio Shale Supply Chain Database that will help businesses stay connected and competitive. Businesses are encouraged to register promptly as seating is limited. Regional economic development officials are encouraged to pass along information about the conference to businesses in their area.

Ohio Shale Energy 2012 is presented by Ohio University, Cambridge Area Chamber of Commerce, Edison Welding Institute, Ohio Energy Resource Alliance, Ohio Manufacturers' Association, Ohio Oil &Gas Energy Education Program, Ohio Shale Coalition, TechGROWTH Ohio, WIRE-Net and Zanesville-Muskingum Port Authority.

For additional information and to pre-register for the conference, please visit www.ohioshaleenergy.com.

WHAT:"Ohio Shale Energy 2012: Discovering Supply Chain Opportunities" Conference

WHERE:Pritchard Laughlin Civic Center, 7033 Glenn Highway, Cambridge, OH 43725, 740-439-7009

WHEN:April 11, 2012 registration opens at 8:00 a.m.

Note:Breakfast and lunch meals will be served.

MEDIA:Michael Levett will be available after his morning keynote address for media questions.

RSVP:Space is limited. Please pre-register for this event at www.ohioshaleenergy.com.

Contact:For information about the conference, call 740-537-0110 or email info@ohioshaleenergy.com.

For information about sponsorship and marketing opportunities, call 740-537-0112 or email sponsorship@ohioshaleenergy.com.