James R. Ladlee

Assistant Director Energy, Business & Community Vitality Programs


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



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About Me

Jim currently serves as the Penn State Extension Assistant Director of Energy, Business, & 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 previously served as the Penn State Director of TOPCORP, an international technical training initiative for oil and gas regulators with less than 3-years of experience.


Agricultural & Extension Education, Bachelor of Science, 1991 Agricultural & Extension Education, Master of Science, 1995