MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today joined Ohio Lt. Governor Mary Taylor and Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf (via video conference) at the inaugural Tri-State Shale Summit, highlighting the ongoing development of natural gas in West Virginia and the state’s workforce development programs designed to provide employees needed by the industry.
“The development of West Virginia’s natural gas industry, although still in its infancy, has the potential to be a game changer not only in West Virginia, but for the tristate region,” Gov. Tomblin said. “As technology continues to pave the way for new opportunities and create good paying jobs for hardworking West Virginians, we are also working to support new investors and downstream industry partners who want to locate and invest in our region and our state’s workforce.”
As part of the Summit, Governor Tomblin, Lt. Governor Taylor and Governor Wolf signed an agreement pledging regional support and enhanced cooperation to ensure the continued development of natural gas in the Appalachian Basin.
“The Allegheny Conference on Community Development, Team NorthEast Ohio and Vision Shared in West Virginia congratulate Gov. Tomblin, Gov. Wolf and Lt. Gov. Taylor on signing this unprecedented memorandum of understanding,” the groups said in a joint statement. “This is a critical step toward demonstrating that our tri-state region is ready, willing and able to make downstream-related business investment a win-win for the region and for the firms – large and small – that have operations in the new global petrochemical center that is the Appalachian Basin.”
To view the memorandum of understanding in its entirety, click here.