Christiane “Chris” Schmenk of Bricker & Eckler Attorneys at Law in Columbus will be the luncheon speaker on June 11 at Midstream Ohio 2014, a Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce seminar, part of the Chamber’s 2014 Utica Capital Series Presented by Huntington Bank.
Ohio has seen nearly $19 billion in new investment due to the Utica Shale exploration, according to Bricker & Eckler, a business law firm with offices in Columbus, Cleveland, Marietta and the Cincinnati-Dayton area. Its report on Utica investments generated news stories across the state in early April.
As Crain’s Cleveland Business reported, the sum may be conservative, because the law firm listed several projects and investments for which the value has not been reported. The projects ranged from midstream infrastructure work involving companies with local offices such as Caiman Energy (Blue Racer partnership) and Access Midstream (Utica East Ohio Midstream partnership), to manufacturing investment such as The Timken Co’s $245 million upgrade at the Faircrest steel plant, to the construction of an oil and gas technical training lab by Stark State College in downtown Canton.
Attorney Schmenk is of counsel with the law firm. She is former director of the Ohio Development Services Agency for Gov. John Kasich and has held a number of high-level private and public service positions. As many of the investments in the Bricker & Eckler report are in midstream (pipelines and processing plants to deliver energy to customers), she is well suited to explain the economic development benefits for businesses throughout Ohio.
The seminar also will feature presentations by four midstream companies, Caiman, Access, M3 Momentum and EnLink, as well as a panel representing businesses that have benefitted from the midstream buildout. That panel includes representatives from Joe Knows Energy, Dawood Engineering and Beaver Excavating.
Tickets for Midstream Ohio 2014 are $100 for a program that runs 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 11 at the Barrette Center on the campus of Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio. The event includes continental breakfast and lunch. Registration information is available online.