James R. Ladlee

  • Assistant Director Energy, Entrepreneurship, Economic and Community Development Programs
James R. Ladlee
336 Ag Administration Bldg.
University Park, PA 16802
Work Phone: 814-863-0962

Areas of Expertise

  • Economic and Community Development
  • Shale Best Practices
  • Oil and Gas Land Use
  • Decline Curve Analysis
  • Social License, Energy, & Agriculture

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  1. Agricultural & Extension Education, Bachelor of Science, 1991
  2. Agricultural & Extension Education, Master of Science, 1995

Jim currently serves as the Penn State Extension Assistant Director of Energy, Entrepreneurship, and Community Development Programs. He holds two degrees in Agricultural & Extension Education from Penn State.

Jim has extensive experience working with all aspects of community and economic development with a variety of stakeholders including the public, industry, business, government, education, and non-governmental organizations. His experience ranges from organizational development to strategic planning, and shale economics to understanding the fundamentals or shale development. His research efforts have included workforce analysis, shale economics, production analysis, industry best practices and supply chain development.

He also serves as the Penn State Director of TOPCORP, an international technical training initiative for oil and gas regulators with less than 3-years of experience.