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News-Herald Staff Writer

CADIZ – Charley Bowman, of Economic Development Data Services, pictured, and Fred Burkhardt, owner of Geneva Analytics, made a PowerPoint presentation to the Cadiz Community Improvement Corp. on Wednesday regarding potential impacts of growth from Utica Shale development. The consultants saw a great rise in housing, wages, infrastructure and even municipal manpower and the CIC is considering using their services to develop plans.

Bowman said he spoke with officials about the impacts of the influx from MarkWest Energy alone, which could affect everything from housing to municipal manpower. Using statistics based upon the 2010 U.S. Census, Burkhardt said shale would have a widespread effect. As of now, Harrison County is the second most permitted county in the Utica Shale with the potential of becoming a “sweet spot” for further development.

According to statistics, the current population of 3,326 is anticipated to jump by 881, or 26 percent, through direct, indirect and induced economic impacts from MarkWest’s operations.

For more information on the consultants findings, see this weeks print edition of the Harrison News-Herald.