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Corporate development booming

Portsmouth Daily Times

Portsmouth and Scioto County received 10th place nationally with six total projects in Site Selection magazine’s annual

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Prices, politics give Ohio oil, gas producers reason for optimism

The Columbus Dispatch

The best thing about 2017 is that it is not 2016, according to Ohio oil and gas producers.

Commodity prices remain low but are up from last year, and there are encouraging signs in the marketplace. This was the sentiment as industry leaders gathered for the Ohio Oil and Gas Association’s winter conference on Thursday.

“There is a more optimistic mood now because we just came through a real trough and hopefully we’re going to see some moderate, continued increases,” said Mark Jordan, president of Knox Energy, an oil and gas producer based in Pataskala.

Also, this is a crowd that likes what President Donald Trump has to say about eliminating regulations.

“This new administration has given a little pep to everyone’s step,” said Shawn Bennett, the association’s executive vice president.

The oil and gas industry has been a key driver of the state’s economy, with an energy boom at the beginning of this decade…

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