Marcellus Shale Coalition Adds Experienced NEPA Community Outreach Manager

Canonsburg, PA – The Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) is pleased to announce that John L. Augustine III has joined the organization as the Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA) Community Outreach Manager, where he will lead the MSC’s regional education, business and outreach efforts. John comes to the MSC from the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Business & Industry, where he served as Senior Director for Economic and Entrepreneurial Development since 2003.

“We are excited to have John join our team and look forward to having him lead our ongoing outreach and educational efforts in northeastern Pennsylvania,” said MSC president Kathryn Klaber. “Having a full-time MSC staff member on the ground in northeastern Pennsylvania, focused largely on engaging key stakeholders, will add a great deal of value to our members and further strengthen our industry’s voice and regional presence. John’s extensive experience, particularly on economic development and supply chain related issues, will be key as responsible, job-creating natural gas development continues in the Northern Tier and throughout the northeastern part of the Commonwealth.”

As a senior economic development official at the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber, John oversaw the marketing, job creation and retention for five industrial and office parks, and managed and operated the Innovation Center @ Wilkes-Barre – an economic and technology incubator, aimed at bolstering the region’s small business community. A graduate of King’s College, where he received a B.A. in Mass Communications, John serves on several boards, including the King’s College President’s Council, Luzerne County Community College Foundation, Leadership Wilkes-Barre and the Mountaintop Marian Sutherland Kirby Library. A life-long northeastern Pennsylvania resident, John is actively involved in the community through the Kiwanis Club, United Way, PA State Police – Troop “P” Camp Cadet, and as a youth soccer coach.

“As a northeastern Pennsylvania native, and having spent my professional career dealing with job creation and economic growth in the region, I could not be more excited to be a part of the growing natural gas industry,” said Augustine. “The responsible development of natural gas from the Marcellus Shale represents a generational opportunity for Pennsylvania and for our country. I am eager to advance the MSC’s mission and its Guiding Principles in this new role.”

The MSC is an organization committed to the responsible development of natural gas from the Marcellus Shale geological formation and the enhancement of the region’s economy that can be realized by this clean-burning energy source. Coalition members work with partners across the region to address issues with regulators, local, county, state and federal government officials and communities about all aspects of producing clean-burning, job-creating natural gas.

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