Why Shale Crescent USA?


Located in the heart of the Ohio Valley and the Marcellus and Utica Shale formations, Shale Crescent USA offers access to over half of the country's population and major markets. In fact, 50% of the US population is within a day's drive...providing your company with another strategic advantage.


By bringing together leaders from business, education and government, the Shale Crescent USA initiative is changing the way local businesses, schools and workforce organizations work together to align education priorities with the job skills most in-demand for our region's growing economy. With local industry sector expertise and connections throughout the Ohio Valley, Shale Crescent USA leadership provides services to small businesses and global corporations to help them prosper and grow.

We Make it Easy

Shale Crescent USA's competitive business environment make it easy for startups and expanding companies to relocate with a strong foundation in place. Our unique business climate brings together a full range of benefits from a varied set of industries to low-cost access to customers and supply chains. In addition, we offer funding programs such as low-interest loans, tax incentives and venture capital that support many company's growing financial needs*. 

Natural Gas Leads the Way

As the name implies, Shale Crescent USA sits atop large portions of the Utica and Marcellus Shale formations. Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia natural gas production set record high volumes in 2016. Natural gas production volumes exceeded 23 billion cubic feet per day. These volumes represent nearly one third of all United States natural gas production.

Strong Business Climate and World Class Workforce

The region's business environment makes it easier for companies to relocate or expand with a solid infrastructure in place. Location is also a key advantage to Shale Crescent USA. We are within 600 miles of over 50% of the US population.
Ohio's Location and Infrastructure

According to Ernst & Young, May 2011, Ohio has the lowest tax burden on new investment in the Midwest at 4.4%. To learn more visit

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