Promote Economic Activity Based Upon Shale Gas


Develop a 3-state strategy to capitalize on “downstream” opportunities from shale gas by encouraging the development of manufacturing using chemical feed stocks derived from shale gas.

Intended outcome:

Maximize the legacy of prosperity from shale gas by adding value to the gas through manufacturing in this region.


  • Create a shared strategy among the three states – Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia – which are poised to develop manufacturing activity based on gas in the Utica and Marcellus shale regions. This strategy would take advantage of the region's multiple strengths in research, innovation, advanced manufacturing, robotics, additive manufacturing, and workforce, to develop industries that make new products from gas, and do so in an environmentally responsible manner.

Lead Organization:

Allegheny Conference on Community Development, in collaboration with regional entities including Team NEO (northeast Ohio) and West Virginia: A Vision Shared.

"It’s unrealistic to expect that manufacturing employment is going to get back to its peak. But the degree of automation now possible with technologies developed in the U.S. and our region enables a return to strength, with this region enjoying innovative, high-tech manufacturing at the upper end of the global value chain."

– Greg Babe, CEO of Liquid X Printed Metals, Inc. and former President & CEO of Bayer Corp. USA and Bayer Material Science, LLC, Power of 32 Implementation Committee.

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