Group to tout sites to oil, gas brokers
Efforts to attract oil and gas industry development to eastern Ohio will get a boost Wednesday at a session in Pittsburgh.
The Eastern Ohio Development Alliance is hosting a reception for 35 brokers representing companies associated with oil and gas exploration. The alliance consists of 16 counties, including several in the Tuscarawas Valley region.
Greg DiDonato, executive director of the Ohio Mid-Eastern Governments Association, said the EODA initiative grew out of the question, “How can we best market ourselves?”
The problem is that much of the region hasn’t done a good job of that at all.
“We’re our own worst enemy,” DiDonato said of the region. “Companies looking to locate in our area want immediate full details, such as number of acres, square footage of buildings, utilities, and access to roads, railroads and waterway transportation. All too often, that information isn’t available online, or it’s incomplete.”
He said that often the actual company isn’t even involved in the initial stages of a search — a separate firm serves as the broker for that process.
“It’s a different world now — it used to be that someone drove through your county or community and saw first-hand what’s available,” he said. “Now, that initial look is usually conducted by a person at a computer, before it advances beyond that or simply ends there.”
“We’re reaching out to those brokers,” he said, adding about a dozen people will represent the region at the reception. “We’re not going to be closing any deals, we just want to pitch to them what’s available here.”
OMEGA is one of the sponsors for the reception, and all 16 counties in the region are contributing funds to the effort. DiDonato said each county also included two sites — selected by its economic development leaders — to be presented at the reception. The brokers will receive a package of information, including hard copy and digital versions.
DiDonato said this will be the first of what’s expected to be more presentations to brokers.