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Learn lessons from the frontline of economic boom and bust at upcoming free webinar

December 2, 2015

Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, in partnership with the Ohio Mid-Eastern Government Association and Buckeye Hills-Hocking Valley Regional Development District, will host a free public webinar from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. EST on Wed., Dec. 9, 2015, entitled, “Economic Boom and Bust: Lessons from the Frontlines of Coal and Shale.”

Space is limited - register for the webinar today by visiting the registration page. Log-in information will be sent in advance of the webinar.

In many rural communities, extraction-based industries have historically been a cornerstone of the local economy. The webinar will address the experiences of communities in the middle of the shale boom and those that are transitioning away from resource-dependent economies. Specific topics will include:

  • Short-term impacts coal and shale communities face;
  • Tools available to help communities manage the boom and bust of extraction industries, including:
    • Tax incentives and severance taxes
    • Federal, state and local policy
    • Financing and funding options
  • Promising practices communities are launching to manage the impacts of shale extraction.

Local officials, economic and workforce development professionals, state and community leaders, and resource and service providers are encouraged to attend.

Dale Arnold, director of energy, utility and local government policy at the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, will be the expert guest speaker. Arnold will be joined by Voinovich School faculty Dr. Jason Jolley, assistant professor of rural economic development and director of the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program, and Scott Miller, director, Consortium for Energy, Economics and the Environment at the Voinovich School.

This webinar is sponsored by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), the Ohio Mid-Eastern Government Association, and the Buckeye Hills-Hocking Valley Regional Development District as part of the Great Lakes Regional Training Initiative.

The Great Lakes Regional Training Initiative is an effort by six university-based centers in Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin to collectively respond to the training and technical assistance needs of their regional stakeholders. These initiatives are funded by the EDA Chicago Regional Office and were officially launched in fall 2013.

For more information, contact Elissa Welch at welche@ohio.edu / 740.537.0112