Reflecting on Our Time and Community in NEPA

After more than a decade, we still feel lucky to call Northeast Pennsylvania our home. It didn’t take us long at all to fall in love with the region’s gorgeous landscapes, small town feel, and wonderful community that welcomed us when we came to town. Through the years, we’ve gotten to know our community and its people. We all seem to agree on one thing: NEPA is a spectacular place to live. 

In our time here, we’ve kept in touch with our local legislators, landowners, business partners, and members of the community. Each has their own story to tell about NEPA’s roots and how the gas industry has benefited the region.

Landowners Dale Howell, Helen Mead, and Edwin Mead each recall what life was like in Susquehanna County more than a decade ago. Businesses were struggling, and well-paid, stable jobs were hard to come by. The farm industry was facing hard times as well. 

While some were able to find jobs through big businesses like P&G or through their family-owned businesses, others could not. Cabot and the natural gas industry were happy to work with the community to change that. Our focus was on helping the community thrive once again by providing jobs, educational opportunities, and economic growth.  

Mayor Charles Litwin recalls a time when the folks of Nicholson Borough had a hard time finding sustainable careers. Now, he estimates more than 30 people in the borough are working for Cabot in various sectors of the industry. 

One thing that our community recognizes for sure is the importance of home. Many who grow up in rural areas feel like they have to leave their hometown in order to find a successful career path to pursue. This is why we’ve put so much of our effort into developing educational opportunities for youth such as the Lackawanna College School of PNG and the Susquehanna County Career & Technology Center CDL training course. Jobs in our industry are in high demand, and we want these students to find careers in the same town where they grew up and loved. 

We’re honored to have been able to contribute to this beautiful region for so many years now. Thank you to all of those who welcomed us when we came to NEPA, and we look forward to growing alongside you for years to come. 

George Stark

George grew up in Western PA, graduated from Dickinson College and has been involved in Public Policy matters since then. He has worked in Harrisburg and Pittsburgh on energy issues with a focus on Local, State and Federal matters. As the Director, External Affairs at Cabot Oil & Gas Corp, George directs the media, community and legislative relations for the company.

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