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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - A special conference focused on positioning young people for the job opportunities of today, and the future, in the oil and gas industry.

The meeting at Choffin Career & Technical Center was attended by local leaders in business, labor, education and the oil and gas industry.

Government was also represented with special guests, Congressmen Tim Ryan and Bill Johnson.

The audience heard experts in the field talk about the role shale development will play in the nations future energy needs.

They say meeting that growing demand will mean more jobs in Ohio.

"In 2012, we had about 38,000 jobs in Ohio that are supported by shale development and projections of 140,000 to 260,000 by 2045," says Chris Ziegler of the Ohio Petroleum Council.

The industry wants educators and high school guidance counselors to be aware of future opportunities in the industry.

"We want to make sure the children in Ohio, the young adults in Ohio, have this opportunity to get these good paying jobs," says API Senior Economic Advisor Rayola Dougher.

Congressman Johnson says the opportunities for jobs and careers extends beyond just the drill pads.

"The associated manufacturing and secondary jobs that are going to be created, lots of opportunities are coming," says Johnson.

Congressman Ryan says it is going to take a collaborative effort of technical schools, community colleges, unions and business to meet the challenge.

"We want our young men and women to be trained to go into this field, and we're going to provide them with that training," says Ryan.

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