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"Utica Shale Supply Chain: the Logistics Service Provider Perspective" is theme of the 16th annual Northeast Ohio Logistics Conference at Firestone Country Club

July 15, 2013

Logistics service providers who are active in the Utica shale supply chain will be featured at the 16th annual Northeast Ohio Logistics Conference and Golf Open, on Monday, August 12, 2013, at Firestone Country Club in Akron. The event is hosted by the Northeast Ohio Trade & Economic Consortium (NEOTEC) and the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority. The agenda includes presentations by area logistics experts from various modes of transportation who currently serve the Utica shale industry, followed by a panel discussion with Q&A. After the morning conference, there will be an afternoon golf scramble on Firestone’s North course and an evening dinner and awards program.

“Following a successful conference last year on the growing Utica shale industry, we are pleased to co-host this event again with NEOTEC to delve deeper into the opportunities and challenges that logistics service providers in the area are experiencing,” said David Gutheil, vice president of maritime and logistics for the Port Authority. “This will be a valuable educational and networking opportunity for anyone interested in the shale energy industry,” said Gutheil.

Topics include “Utica: From production wells to automobiles,” “Trucking to support the Utica and Marcellus shale plays,” and “Safety first: An environmental and logistics perspective.”

The conference presenters are Chris Cotter and Shane Farolino, partners with the transportation law group and environmental/energy/health & safety division of Roetzel & Andress LPA; Jonathan Chastek, assistant vice president of business development for Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway Company; Doug Allen, executive vice president of Kenan Advantage Group (KAG); and Nick De La Garza, refining planning and economics supervisor at Marathon Petroleum Company’s Ohio Refining Division.

The morning conference program begins at 7:45 a.m. with continental breakfast and concludes with a buffet lunch from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The afternoon golf session, a four-person scramble format on Firestone’s North course, begins at 1 p.m., and is followed by an evening buffet dinner, refreshments, prizes and golf awards presentation at 6 p.m. Registration costs are $275 per person for the entire day, or $125 per person for the breakfast, conference and lunch only. Deadline to register is Wednesday, August 7. To register, visit the NEOTEC web site at www.neotec.org, or call NEOTEC for registration information at (800) 793-0912.

NEOTEC is a multicounty economic development partnership that works as a regional force to attract capital investments, create jobs and enhance economic opportunities throughout Northeast Ohio. NEOTEC has a partnership agreement with the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority to promote international trade through the administration of Foreign-Trade Zones 40 and 181 in Northeast Ohio. Other regional efforts administered by NEOTEC include improving market access through the Northeast Ohio Logistics Network, promoting export development through the services of the Global Trade Group and the regional International Trade Assistance Center, and attracting foreign direct investment to Northeast Ohio through the Global Business Development Initiative.

NEOTEC is based in Kent on the campus of Kent State University, which partners with NEOTEC in its economic development efforts. For more information, visit www.neotec.org.

The Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority operates the Port of Cleveland, a leading gateway for waterborne trade on the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Seaway System. Nearly 18,000 jobs and $1.8 billion in economic activity result from the roughly 13 million tons of cargo that move through Cleveland Harbor on average each year. The Port also provides innovative financing services for a wide range of development projects in Northeast Ohio, and is leading initiatives to solve critical infrastructure challenges along Cleveland’s waterfronts. For more information, visit the Port website at: www.portofcleveland.com.