Energy Voices Telling Their Story

Agriculture Supplier is Growing New Business

Agriculture Supplier is Growing New Business

A staple of the community for many years, Rocky Mountain supply is a retailer of industrial parts and equipment which had focused on the agriculture and transportation sector for many years. With growth in the energy sector, the nature of their business has changed with much of their sales going to oil field trucking and…

Carroll County Comeback

Carroll County Comeback

In a small office, surrounded by photos and memorabilia of General William Custer, sits the County Auditor of Carroll County Ohio. Mr. Leroy VanHorne was born in the same town as Custer and has made a life-long hobby out of studying the life and times of the storied General. But amid discussions about the Kansas…

Energy and Education in Carroll County, Ohio

Energy and Education in Carroll County, Ohio

As opportunities for employment in the county grow, Carroll County’s educators are working to ensure their students are prepared to step into the workforce with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed. Carrollton Exempted Village Schools Superintendent David Quattrochi is implementing an aggressive Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program and increasing the district’s coordination…

Refugio County: Dramatic Growth

Refugio County: Dramatic Growth

Little Refugio County, Texas is an old ranching community. Without the oil and gas wealth of neighboring counties, it has existed predominantly on agriculture and the flow of traffic from a nearby highway — to keep it alive. But now, with production in the nearby Eagle Ford shale booming, the little community is seeing dramatic…

Boon for Small Business

Boon for Small Business

But the good fortune doesn’t stop at the courthouse. Small businesses across the county have been seeing an increase in revenue. The laundromat and dry cleaner had to hire new employees and lengthen their business hours. The local YMCA is operating in the black for the first time since it opened. The local hardware store…

Energy has big upside for employment in Pennsylvania

Energy has big upside for employment in Pennsylvania

Labor groups have seen big increases in jobs and employment with the development of the Marcellus Shale in western Pennsylvania. For pipeline workers, operating engineers, welders, equipment operators, and other skilled tradesmen the energy industry is helping to keep them on the clock and in the field. Jim Kuntz with the Union of Operating Engineers…

For the first time we have enough money

For the first time we have enough money

In a county that has not raised its mill levy since 1977, the energy boom has been a crucial economic driver for it and its 15 townships and 7 villages. The increasing revenue from gas well royalties, sales and property tax has allowed for long-awaited construction projects and road improvements to be green lighted and…