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We were privileged last week to be at the Utica Summit VI in Canton, Ohio.  This was another great job by Joe Baron at Shale Directories along with the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce.  All the presentations were wonderful and we provide links to four of them because their economic forecasts were particularly up to date and they will provide a positive note for your day!  The four are:
 
  
A couple of weeks ago we posted on the downstream oil and gas opportunity in the Appalachian Basin.  The conference last week was more confirmation of the incredible magnitude of the opportunity.  The first speaker was Dr. Andrew Thomas from the University of Akron who recently released a book titled American Shale Energy and the Global Economy.  He stated that because of shale, energy is now driving the domestic US economy while at the same time dramatically changing our ability to impact international relations.  One stat Andy provided – the U.S. is the only nation that over the last 150 years that has had 15 straight decades of economic growth.  The next highest number of decades is 4!  Abundant and economical energy is an important part of this success. 
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