Oil & Gas/Energy

Our specialty is primary-source information about Utica Shale economic development. We invite representatives from the exploration companies, midstream pipeline builders and downstream industrial and commercial users to come to Canton and talk about what’s coming to the Utica. We invite the business community to listen and learn, network, and then figure out what their business opportunities may be.


We have completed five years of oil and gas business development seminars that draw attendance of 100 to 225 people per seminar. Go to www.uticacapital.com for upcoming event information.


Canton markets itself as the Utica Capital because it is the most highly capable business community among the Utica counties in Ohio and because Chesapeake Energy chose Canton as its headquarters when it became the most visible exploration and production company in the Utica in 2011.

The heavy demand for oil and gas-related travel services has caused developers to add 800 hotel rooms to the county’s lodging inventory. It is easier than ever to come here for business.

Canton is a crossroads for Interstate 77 and U.S. Route 30, and the Akron-Canton Airport is the most capable regional airports in the shale play.

If you are shipping goods by rail, Stark County is home to the Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway, a Class B carrier that has grown its energy related business considerably.

Marathon Petroleum’s Canton refinery is the closest refinery to the Utica play. Marathon’s pipeline subsidiary, which recently acquired MarkWest, is building a pipeline from Harrison County to the Canton Refinery to transport condensate and a variety of NGLs.

Canton also is home to Stark State College, the most capable oil and gas technical education center in the Utica with its oilfield training center downtown.