Category Archives: Our Community

Some Thoughts on Corporate Social Responsibility

Some Thoughts on Corporate Social Responsibility This coming Saturday, I will get up earlier than I like, head to the city, and walk in  benefiting the Light of Life rescue mission. If you’ve read any of my blogs, you have likely stumbled across a reference to the mission. They serve the hungry and homeless in…
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Timing of the Cracker Plant and its role in commercial real estate

Timing of the Cracker Plant and its role in commercial real estate Royal Dutch Shell is in the process of constructing a $6 billion petrochemical plant in Beaver county on the banks of the Ohio River. The facility, also known as a “cracker plant”, will take in oil and gas and break it into smaller…
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What I Learned In Prison

As I stood at the glass exit of the Allegheny County Prison this afternoon it was hard to feel anything but hope. Waiting for the Corrections Officer (CO) to buzz me back into the world is always a moment of anxiety. I think of the prisoners who only know the inside, who are afraid of…
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Pokemon Go! Unites

Pokémon Go! Unites This picture does not depict the reality of the Pokémon Go craze nor just how easy it is to see our community join together in even the smallest way. My 11-year-old son, Zane and I recently took a day trip to Erie, Pennsylvania to visit Presque Isle State Park. We had read…
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The Commercial Real Estate Market Surrounding the Cracker

The Commercial Real Estate Market Surrounding the Cracker As mentioned before, Shell’s Ethane Cracker Plant in Beaver County has the potential to greatly impact the area. As we discussed with employment, the ripple effect from the plant will help lead to an uptick in manufacturers, industrial companies, oil and gas, logistics and supply chain. General…
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Employment Impact of the Cracker Plant

Employment Impact of the Cracker Plant As mentioned in previous posts, it will be difficult to accurately predict the impact of Royal Dutch Shell’s Ethane Cracker Plant. Let’s start with what we do know. Shell predicts that 6,000 construction jobs will be needed to complete the plant and that 400-500 full-time jobs will be created…
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Petrochemical Markets in the Gulf Coast

Petrochemical Markets in the Gulf Coast   Gulf Coast – The Petrochemical Boom With all of the talk about “The Cracker”, it is still a somewhat mysterious concept to many. I reached out to several of my connections in the energy field and no one was really sure what the impact of Royal Dutch Shell’s Ethane…
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What is an Ethane Cracker Plant and Why is One Coming to Pittsburgh?

What is it? The simplest way to understand what an ethane cracker plant is, is to break down the terms. “Cracker” is an industry term that’s used to describe a plant that breaks up oil and gas molecules. Ethane is one of several by-products produced when natural gas is extracted from the ground. When ethane…
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