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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…

Energy AND the Environment

Energy AND the Environment

As a thirty year practitioner of environment and energy law, Jim Martin says he’s seen first hand how good Coloradans are at balancing environmental protection and energy development. “We don’t believe that there’s a conflict between having a clean environment and a good economy- a strong economy, we think you can do both.” He says…

A big boost for a Contemporary Cook

A big boost for a Contemporary Cook

As a restaurant owner, Erik Truchses is a small businessman that most people wouldn’t think would see a benefit from the expansion of the oil and natural gas industry. But its been a boon for Contemporary Cook Catering and Cafe, his restaurant in Greeley Colorado. Like any business its taken time to grow his relationship…

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…

Companies Finding New Purpose

Companies Finding New Purpose

Growing production in the state’s western shale fields is helping position the City of Philadelphia as an energy hub for the 21st century. The city’s Marcus Hook oil refinery – which once faced certain closure – is now being repurposed to serve as a transportation hub for liquid fuels extracted from the Marcellus Shale. Sunoco…

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…

Saddles, tack and the Western lifestyle

Saddles, tack and the Western lifestyle

Good saddles, tack and working gear for horsemen and folks who love the Western lifestyle. That’s the brand Roger Allgeier has built Brighton Feed and Saddlery into over the course of its 71 year history. With an influx of people moving from New Mexico, Arizona and Texas to take jobs in Colorado’s booming oil industry,…