March 26, 2014 – Billings, Mont. – The Montana Contractor’s Association, Montana Petroleum Association, Montana Coal Council and KLJ announce Commissioner Doug McLinko, Chairman of the Bradford County Pennsylvania Board of Commissioners and Dr. Patrick Barkey, Director of the University of Montana’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research, as a featured speakers at the Montana Energy 2014 conference. The panel presentation will address meeting infrastructure demands and needs through creativity and cooperation throughout the state.
McLinko has served as commissioner since 2004 and has been a business owner in Bradford County, PA for more than 25 years. He currently serves as chairman of America’s Counties of Energy Independence (ACEI). Commissioner McLinko was personally invited by Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley to attend a meeting of Governor’s Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission to discuss experiences in Bradford County with the Marcellus Shale gas industry. Lieutenant Governor Cawley said, "I believe you are one of the leading northeast Pennsylvania county commissioners when it comes to understanding the natural gas industry."
Dr. Barkey has served as Director of the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the University of Montana since 2008. An economist with more than 26 years of experience in regional forecasting in both the public and private sector, Dr. Barkey has authored several distinguished studies on Montana’s energy and coal industries. As a research economist for American Electric Power, he developed and maintained large scale models of residential and industrial energy demand.
The conference, held April 2-3, features a variety of renowned energy experts as keynote speakers including Robert Bryce, author and journalist, Robert C. Rowe, President and CEO of NorthWestern Energy, David L. Goodin, President and CEO of MDU Resources, Colin Marshall, President and CEO of Cloud Peak Energy, Jim Brown, President of Whiting Petroleum and Thomas Nusz, Chairman and CEO of Oasis Petroleum. Montana Energy 2014 has a sold-out trade show with more than 170 vendors who will be present at the conference. A full list of vendors is found at www.montanaenergy.net.
In addition to an agenda filled with keynotes and panels, pre-conference continuing education sessions will be held on Tuesday, April 1. Session topics range from environmental challenges, finance, employment and emergency response, among others. Complete session and agenda information can be viewed on the event website.
The two-day comprehensive conference is the only energy event hosted and sanctioned by three trade associations and a professional services firm, creating an alliance for economic growth in the region. Industry representatives, suppliers, contractors and government officials are encouraged to attend. For more information and registration, visit www.montanaenergy.net.
About the Montana Energy 2014 Event Hosts
The Montana Contractors’ Association (MCA), a chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America, has represented commercial, industrial and public works construction firms for the past 77 years. MCA holds a core belief that the prosperity of other industries is fundamental to a robust construction environment, and that we have an obligation to assist in creating a positive political and economic climate for industries to succeed.
The Montana Petroleum Association, Inc. (MPA) is a voluntary, non-profit trade association, whose members include oil and natural gas producers, gathering and pipeline companies, petroleum refineries and service providers and consultants. MPA’s government affairs program strives to maintain a positive business climate for the petroleum industry in Montana, and its education program fosters public awareness of the industry’s contributions to the state and nation.
Since 1938, KLJ has delivered innovative and practical solutions for local, regional and national infrastructure projects. KLJ provides knowledgeable, experienced support for engineering, planning and surveying projects of all sizes in a variety of market sectors. As an employee-owned firm, KLJ is committed to creating sustainable environments and providing services that set the standard for quality and client satisfaction.
The Montana Coal Council is a nonprofit industry association whose membership includes all major coal mine operators, holders of Montana coal reserves, those who ship the coal, utilities who use the coal, and numerous suppliers and businesses directly and indirectly involved in the coal industry.