CLEARFIELD –The Clearfield County Economic Development Corp. (CCEDC) recently traveled to New York City to present information about Clearfield County’s strategic advantages and economic opportunities to a high-level business delegation from Taiwan.
Paul McCloskey, vice president of energy, participated in a three-speaker panel that presented information to the group on Nov. 19 to showcase Pennsylvania’s shale gas opportunities.
McCloskey’s presentation focused on Clearfield County’s strategic position in the Marcellus Shale play and highlighted the county’s utility infrastructure, logistics portfolio, existing business and industry clusters and other demographic information. The presentation also identified key natural-gas intensive industries the CCEDC is targeting in an effort to attract investment and jobs to the county utilizing locally produced shale gas.
“Clearfield County not only has an abundance of natural gas; we also have a unique combination of assets that allow us to utilize the gas locally. Pipelines, power lines, industrial land, access to markets and interstate; it all comes together in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania.” McCloskey told the delegation.
McCloskey joined the panel alongside Wilfred Muskens, deputy secretary for International Business Development with Pennsylvania’s Department of Community & Economic Development and David Yoxtheimer, EMS extension associate with Penn State’s Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research.
The trip, led by former Taiwan vice-president Vincent Siew, included stops in New York City and Washington D.C., as well as San Francisco and was comprised of executives from more than 20 Taiwanese corporations. Among the executives was Terry Gou, founder and chairman of FoxConn Technology Group, one of the world’s largest electronics manufacturing companies with 1.6 million employees globally and manufacturer of the Apple iPhone.
Amid the delegation’s planned stops, Gou met with Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett. Days after his meeting with the governor, Gou announced Foxconn’s plans to invest $40 million in Pennsylvania over the next two years to develop robotics. No location has been announced for the planned investment.
“This was a great opportunity to highlight Clearfield County’s strategic advantages to an audience of decision makers that has great interest in our shale gas resources. I’m confident that if we continue to market ourselves to suitable downstream industries, we will be able to do more here than just extract the natural gas from the ground; we will be able to create more jobs by using that gas right here at home.” stated McCloskey.
The CCEDC is a private non-profit, membership organization serving the business and industry of Clearfield County to promote job creation, job retention and to enhance the economic base of Clearfield County.