Among the most important and lasting effects of natural gas development is the economic benefit it brings to local communities. Gas development from shale is creating new jobs and stimulating regional economies. According to recent studies by Pennsylvania State University, exploration and production in the Marcellus region is expected to generate more than 200,000 jobs and more than $18 billion in total economic output by 2020.
closing the skills gap in the U.S. Appalachia Region
Our company has a long history of supporting our communities with financial investment and volunteerism. We then work within communities to direct resources toward issues that are important to the people who live there and address their needs. We focus our investments on projects that will provide benefits for years to come.
In late 2014, we announced a $20 million investment in the new Appalachia Partnership Initiative designed to foster education and workforce development in the communities around our Marcellus and Utica shale operations.
The initiative is a partnership with the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation and the RAND Corporation. It will seek to improve the quality of education in 27 counties across southwest Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia and eastern Ohio.
Working closely with our partners, we will seek to evaluate success, connect students, teachers and workers to additional resources, and provide education and training that help meet future workforce needs. For example, by partnering with the Allegheny Conference and businesses throughout the region, we will identify and close skills gaps between the region’s workforce and available jobs, thereby creating economic opportunity in the local communities.
Since 2013, the company has funded the launch of 10 STEM education programs in five school districts in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The Appalachia Partnership Initiative will enable us to support 19 additional schools in the tristate area in 2014–2015 by sustaining funding through our existing partnership with Project Lead the Way our nonprofit partner that develops hands-on, project-based STEM curricula for elementary, middle and high schools.
Chevron supports hiring local workers and purchasing from qualified local suppliers. When training is needed, we often work directly with colleges, trade organizations, vocational-technical schools and nonprofit organizations to create workforce training and supplier development programs.
Chevron works every day to prevent incidents, and at the same time, we also prepare for the unexpected. We develop emergency action plans and maintain response capabilities by training our people and conducting drills. We partner with local and regional emergency response agencies to promote good communication, coordination and preparedness. In fact, we have provided financial support to more than 75 volunteer fire departments in the Marcellus region.
Updated: July 2015