James R. Ladlee
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- Agricultural & Extension Education, Bachelor of Science, 1991
- Agricultural & Extension Education, Master of Science, 1995
Jim currently serves as the Penn State Extension Interim Assistant Director of Energy, Entrepreneurship, and Community Development Programs.
He 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.
Jim also serves as the Penn State Director of the TOPCORP program in the Appalachian Basin. TOPCORP is an international technical training initiative for oil and gas regulators with less than 3-years of experience. The project is a partnership between The Pennsylvania State University, University of Texas at Austin, and the Colorado School of Mines. TOPCORP focuses on a blended learning experience, with 40 hours of online faculty instruction, followed by 40-60 hours of practical field experience. To date, 21 states and the province of Alberta have participated in TOPCORP training.