Promoting area internationally

Patrick Ford represented the Northern Panhandle at the Global Petroleum Show in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

The executive director of the Business Development Corp. of the Northern Panhandle was equipped with the only marketing piece for our region: A BDC marketing magazine that is the result of the work of Craig Howell, managing editor of The Weirton Daily Times, and Paul Giannamore, reporter at the Herald-Star.

The book details sites, businesses and more reasons to locate in the Northern Panhandle. Ford was part of West Virginia’s team at the event, and it’s good to keep the panhandle ever before the eyes of those who will be making big investments in the coming years, driven by the proximity of the Northern Panhandle to the massive Shell ethane processing plant being built in Monaca, Pa.

Organizers of the Global Petroleum Show at Stampede Park say more than 50,000 energy professionals attend the event, which means there were thousands of chances for the Northern Panhandle to network and try to land the next industry.

Remember that Bidell Gas Compression on North Main Street in the former Weirton Steel machine shop is a Canadian company that made a major investment and is producing goods for the oil fields in Weirton.

As an area in the heart of the Marcellus and Utica shale region, the Northern Panhandle has value to the people who attend the show, and the people who attend the show have value to those of us who live, work and play here.

We’re proud to be taking part in telling the area’s story to the world.