Opportunity lies
below the surface.

Connecting Manufacturers to
the Shale Supply Chain

Opportunity lies below the surface.

Connecting Manufacturers to
the Shale Supply Chain

Your Pipeline for Shale Industry Business

This Shale POWER initiative provides technical assistance and business support to small and medium manufacturers and enterprises seeking to expand business, production and jobs in the burgeoning shale gas and downstream manufacturing sectors in the coal-impacted, Appalachian region.

The Shale POWER Initiative is led by Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission and managed by Catalyst Connection, along with the West Virginia Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Ohio’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership organizations (Ohio State University and MAGNET), and the nonprofit Johnstown Area Regional Industries (JARI). Shale POWER provides technical assistance and business support to small and medium manufacturers and enterprises seeking to expand business and achieve 1000+ new and retained jobs in the burgeoning shale gas and downstream manufacturing sectors. Funding for the Shale POWER Initiative was provided through a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). 

Catalyst Connection is a southwestern Pennsylvania economic development organization dedicated to serving manufacturers. For more than 30 years, Catalyst has operated with a focus on powering potential through delivering technical assistance and management consulting services and developing long-standing partnerships across the region. Catalyst maintains a deeply held commitment to modernizing manufacturing and enabling opportunity across business enterprises, individuals, and throughout communities. Catalyst Connection is supported, in part, by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Community and Economic Development, and by the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnerships.

The Industry has spent hundreds of billions in this region and continues to spend at least

each year

How We Help You Build Business

CONNECTIONS

Access to supply chain contacts and Shale POWER partners who can assist you

RESOURCES

Industry information and resources that detail the path to new energy opportunities

GRANTS

Technical Assistance with grant funding of up to $5,000

NEWS & EVENTS

The latest news and events about the shale industry

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Thu 21
Thu 21

Platts Oil Storage Virtual Conference

January 21 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Thu 21

Utica Downstream Conference 2020

January 21 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Canton OH
Thu 21

Featured Event

Entering the Shale Energy Supply Chain for Manufacturing Companies

October 22, 2020

Take advantage of the Shale Power project to strategically plan your company’s business opportunities in the vast energy supply chain in the Appalachian region.
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Featured Resource

Forge the Future Phase 2

Forge the Future Phase 2

Forge The Future convened nearly 100 Pennsylvania business, academic and economic development leaders from across the state to identify definitive actions for optimizing the economic opportunity and making energy-enabled growth a reality. Those strategies and ideas were published in the Ideas for Action report…

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News & Updates

Stay Connected
with the Industry

Stay Connected
with the Industry

Partners with a Business-Growth Mindset

Shale POWER has partnered with three regional learning centers for technical assistance: Carnegie Mellon University, West Virginia University, and Belmont College. Shale POWER engages directly with small and medium sized companies to connect them to the shale-manufacturing sectors, develop business strategies for expanding in these sectors, and support workforce and job development to meet the burgeoning demand in shale-related markets.

The Shale POWER Mini-grant Program is managed by the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission and administered by Catalyst Connection with partners JARI, MAGNET, Ohio State University and WVMEP. This program is made possible with funding by the Appalachian Regional Commission.