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Natural gas industry offers stability for Western Pennsylvania economy, experts say

The natural gas industry must become a bigger part of the Western Pennsylvania economy if the region is going to keep pace with job growth around the rest of the nation, economists said Wednesday.

“Pittsburgh has not latched on to any current driving forces, economic sparks,” said Kurt Rankin, an economist at PNC Financial Services, during a roundtable discussion Downtown hosted by The Economic Club of Pittsburgh. “That spark eventually can and should come from natural resources development.”

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