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Boom & Bust Symposium

Impact of Energy Extraction on Local Communities

Washington & Jefferson College will be hosting the next Boom and Bust Symposium Spring of 2014. The date is to be announced.

On behalf of Duquesne University, The Penn State Center, and Washington & Jefferson College, the organizers would like to thank all who attended, spoke, and participated in the 2012 Boom and Bust Symposium. We look forward to future symposiums, networking opportunities, and other events relating to this topic. A digital copy of the final program booklet can be found in the right-hand navigation on this page. 

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Monday, November 12, 2012 - Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm both days


Duquesne University Power Center; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Brought to you by Duquesne University and The Penn State Center, this two day conference explored practical and research based cyclical impacts of extraction industries on local economic, social and health issues. We brought together experts, policy makers, and the public to discuss the impact of rapid growth and decline in energy extraction on local communities, economies, and health.


Early Bird Special: Register by October 31st for the discounted rate of $75.  Registration includes Monday, November 12 lunch & evening reception, Tuesday, November 13 breakfast & lunch, and special hotel rate at Cambria Suites Pittsburgh.
Early Bird Rate: $75 (until Oct. 31)
Regular Rate: $95

Student Rate: $50

Note: Professional Development Hours (PDH) are available for landscape architects and engineers. Maximum number of PDHs per day are: Monday - 6.25; Tuesday - 7.5


View biographies of symposium speakers.



We encourage your abstract submission for presentation or poster session..
Attention: The deadline for abstract submission has passed.


Conference Tracks:

Do regions repeat their mistakes? Lessons from historical perspective
Comparisons of local issues to international and national experience

Aspects of Health and Extractive Industries

Impact of energy production on local human health and safety
Social disruption and health
Psycho-social stress factors related to environmental changes

Emerging Issues in Education and Workforce Development

Training the workforce for boom and bust cycles and beyond
Effects of extractive industries on youth education goals
Educating the general public about extractive industries

Local Communities

Challenges in social equality
Degrees of social disruption
Impact of migration
Impact of energy production on local human health

Local Economies

Dynamics of local and regional economies
Unanticipated impact of local inflation
Effect of economic dislocation
Effect of labor dislocation
The translation of economic and environmental issues into human issues

Local and Regional Policy

An economic approach to state and local policy
Temporal nature of policy and economics
Data needs for local planning
Planning for change
Reconciling policy and activist groups
Interactions of gas, water and coal


The Boom & Bust Symposium will be held at Duquesne University's Power Center, located on Forbes Avenue downtown Pittsburgh.

Duquesne University
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282


A block of hotel rooms are reserved at the Cambria Suites Pittsburgh at Consol Energy Center at a rate of $159/night under the name "Boom and Bust Conference." The hotel information can be found below: 

The deadline for the conference rate is Wednesday, October 31st.

Cambria Suites Pittsburgh at Consol Energy Center
1320 Centre Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219


Attending guests can park at Forbes Avenue Garage.

Campus Map

CLICK HERE for a .pdf campus map. 


Questions or Inquiries? Contact Mary McConnell, Duquesne University, mcconnellm@duq.edu or 412.396.1537