The inaugural Eagle Ford Consortium has reached capacity. This sold-out event will bring together community leaders and stakeholders to develop sustainable models of long-term development. The Eagle Ford Shale represents 24 counties. This consortium is one that will recognize the extraordinary opportunities and challenges the shale presents. Organized by the Eagle Ford Consortium,“Creating a Sustainable Pathway” takes place in San Antonio at the Omni Hotels Colonnade, 9821 Colonnade Blvd. The pre-conference focusing on housing begins 9 am. Feb. 29. The main conference will be 8:30 am. March 1 and March 2.
“There will be great discussions and connections made that will make the Eagle Ford Shale community even stronger,” said Leodoro Martinez Jr., executive director of the Middle Rio Grande Development Council and chairman of the Eagle Ford Consortium. “Our communities face significant challenges, but also great opportunities. We wanted to learn from the lessons of historic boom towns that later went bust, and instead take a proactive, sustainable approach that will let communities make the most of current opportunities while building for the future.”
The interactive, working conference is attracting experts and decision makers from within the Eagle Ford Shale formation, which, in the United States, cuts a crescent-shaped swatch from Maverick and Webb counties along the U.S./Mexico border north and north east to Camp Wood county. Representatives from city, county and state government, education and workforce development organizations, the housing industry, environmental groups, community-based organizations, the financial industry, energy interest groups and landowners will tackle pressing infrastructure, workforce development and related issues affecting the area. Says Martinez,“This is the first and largest gathering we know of that brings together such a comprehensive representation to share experiences, plan for immediate needs and begin crafting models of what our future might look like.”
Highlights of the conference will include regulatory oversight, education and workforce development, advances in drilling and hydraulic fracturing, economic development and infrastructure development. A pre-conference session on February 29 will focus solely on housing challenges and opportunities. “This is a community-driven initiative to share best practices and build a plan that will take us successfully through the drilling years and beyond,” says Martinez. "Anyone who has an interest in the development of the region should attend this conference."
The Eagle Ford Consortium (eaglefordconsortium.org) is a group of individuals representing 24 South Texas counties who collaborate, partner and address the community realities that will be a result of the Eagle Ford Shale oil and gas exploration… and plan for the sustainable future of those communities.