Deiuliis Addresses 2021 PIOGA Spring Meeting

On Wednesday, May 19, Nick Deiuliis served as the Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association’s (PIOGA) keynote speaker for its annual spring meeting.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette covered the meeting and Nick’s remarks, writing, “They [attendees] knew what to expect when CNX Resources’ CEO Nick DeIuliis took the podium for his keynote address. He would be the one to speak for them, unapologetically…A self-styled advocate for capitalism, the middle class and for developing nations — which he says will be hurt most by a move away from fossil fuels — Mr. DeIuliis predictably went after the ‘elites’ and ‘academia’ in his speech and said the pursuit of renewable energy gives power to the Chinese Communist Party…”

Broadening Path to Middle Class Starts with Closing Digital Divide

On May 4, 2021, Nick Deiuliis joined Pittsburgh Steeler legend and Hall of Famer Jerome Bettis to help close the digital divide at Sto-Rox High School. Through a recently formed partnership between Jerome Bettis’ Bus Stops Here Foundation, The Education Partnership and CNX Resources Corporation, Deiuliis and Bettis presented 50 Sto-Rox students with new Chromebooks.

“The natural gas and manufacturing industries are the lifeblood of southwestern Pennsylvania’s economy,” Deiuliis said. “We need to ensure our next generation has the skills to succeed in these good-paying industries after high school, and that starts with meeting essential needs, such as providing students with a working computer.”

The purchase of the Chromebooks was made possible from a generous $10,000 grant from CNX Resources to the Bus Stops Here Foundation and The Education Partnership for their joint Connecting Kids Program that launched in March 2020. The program has provided laptops or tablets to more than 1,500 Pittsburgh area students.

“While there’s much more work to do to support our region’s young people, especially those in disadvantaged communities, meeting with the Sto-Rox students and providing them with new Chromebooks was not only a great day, but an investment that will hopefully provide them and our region a better future,” Deiuliis added. “This type of targeted, local investment is how I and those I work with define social responsibility. By working with Jerome, as well as through our new mentorship Academy, I look forward to continuing to support our region’s high school students and giving them the physical and mental tools for a bright future.”

For more, click here for KDKA’s coverage of the May 4th event. And on Twitter, follow Nick at @NickDeiuliis, the Bus Stops Here Foundation at @BusStopsHereFdn, and the Education Partnership at @EduPartnership

Nick Deiuliis’ Forthcoming Book, “The Leech,” to be Released to Public

Today, Nick Deiuliis announced a digital release of his forthcoming new book, “The Leech,” at no charge. Book chapters will be individually released on a rolling basis at nickdeiuliis.com, beginning on Thursday, May 27.

“I’m excited to provide an opportunity for all to read The Leech—especially our young people, small business owners, and doers from all walks of life. I appreciate the publisher, Republic Books, partnering on this unique rollout,” Deiuliis said. “I wrote The Leech to rebut the growing segments of society who continue to take more and more from society’s producers and who vilify their success. By availing The Leech for all to read, hopefully more individuals are encouraged to speak up against the elites threatening the disadvantaged, the middle class, the individual, and free enterprise.”

Starting on May 27, the first chapter of The Leech will be released at nickdeiuliis.com. Subsequent chapters will be serially released each week thereafter. Each chapter will be accompanied by a podcast on the website, providing expanded commentary. The complete print edition will be released by Republic Book Publishers in January 2022 and can be pre-ordered at nickdeiuliis.com.

Proceeds from the sale of The Leech will go to support a new Mentorship Academy, announced by Deiuliis last month, serving underprivileged youth in western Pennsylvania.

More information on the Academy, The Leech, as well as recent commentary by Deiuliis, is available at nickdeiuliis.com. Follow Deiuliis on Twitter at @NickDeiuliis.

Nick Deiuliis is a chemical engineer, attorney, and business executive. During a career spanning 30 years, he served as the leader of several public energy companies. Nick is a thought-provoking voice in the energy and manufacturing industries, advocating for technology, labor, environmental, and capital markets policy issues. He is a regular media contributor and speaks extensively on the virtues of the carbon economy, the nobility of the worker and middle class, and the vital importance of individual rights. Nick is a proud capitalist, free enterprise advocate, and lifelong Pittsburgher.

Pennsylvania town saved by fracking fears Biden will kill its prosperity

CANONSBURG, PA. — Thirty years ago, Jason Capps was a young man with ambition, but when he looked around this town near Pittsburgh, where he grew up, all he saw were opportunities slipping away. The coal mines where his father worked were dying; the glass, steel and manufacturing industries were on their last legs.

In 1987, when Capps graduated from high school, the unemployment rate was at a staggering 12 percent.

“My ability to carve out a future here was limited at best, impossible at worst,” he said. “So I left.”

Capps, 51, became a chef and traveled the country honing his skills. But then an unexpected rebirth happened here in Western Pennsylvania with the discovery of the Marcellus Shale, an ancient rock bed that offers an abundant source of natural gas.

Eventually, Capps moved back to his hometown and, in 2006, he founded Bella Sera — a successful event space resembling a grand Tuscan villa — which he still owns and operates.

Deiuliis Announces Formation of Mentorship Academy to Support Local, Disadvantaged Youth

(Pittsburgh, PA.) – Today, Nick Deiuliis announced the launch of an Academy focused on providing mentorship and access to greater opportunities for urban and rural youth within economically disadvantaged communities in western Pennsylvania. The Academy will help fill gaps that are leaving wide swaths of the regional population behind and discouraging access to middle-class, family-sustaining careers.

The Academy’s mission is to develop a community of young, socio-economically diverse leaders and provide them an actionable path to a life well lived and family-sustaining career opportunities in the bedrock industries of energy, manufacturing, and small business. The Academy will assist young individuals in building life skills and provide a network of supporters to help them navigate through their personal journeys.

The first class will consist of 12 high school juniors or seniors. Six will be from urban school districts in economically disadvantaged communities and six will be from rural school districts in economically disadvantaged areas (no more than one student per high school). Students who do not plan on immediately attending college will be targeted for inclusion in the program. The Academy will be constructed to encourage interaction and relationship building across young individuals who, due to diverse backgrounds, would not typically have the opportunity to meet one another.

Upon program completion, the Academy will keep in close contact with prior students and continue to mentor and assist them over time. The Academy syllabus and schedule will be posted online at nickdeiuliis.com, as well as a portal to submit nominations for attendees.

The Academy will meet for a full day each month, with a deep dive into a chosen topic and a site/field visit each session. Prep assignments will be set prior to each meeting. Planned topics include leadership, teamwork, developing a career path, good life choices, resume creation/interviewing, household budgeting/personal investing, civics, business, and religion/philosophy. A guest speaker who is a noted local authority on the day’s topic will be scheduled for each session.

Site visits will include locations in energy development, manufacturing, construction, farming/agriculture, and retail small business. These visits will be coordinated with local companies and organizations.

Deiuliis will personally fund the Academy’s start-up and first-year operating costs. There will be no cost to attending students. Initial Academy partners include CNX Resources Corporation, The Bus Stops Here Foundation, and the Builders Guild of Western Pennsylvania. Additional partners will be added as the Academy calendar and program are built. Launch is planned for Summer 2021.

By the end of the annual Academy program, each student will have developed lasting relationships with their fellow students, an influential network of local leaders as supporters and resources, and a more rounded understanding of the wider region’s opportunities and strengths. Academy graduates will be asked to serve as young mentors for future students entering the academy in subsequent years.

“The next generation of our region in economically challenged communities is losing its path to the middle class, and the challenges start with education and opportunity awareness,” Deiuliis said. “These high school students are often not informed of attractive career opportunities in the region and may lack mentors to help navigate career and life decisions. That is especially true for students not going to college immediately after high school.”

“Leaders in our region who function in the real world of tangible accountability can provide guidance to young adults entering the workforce—that’s what the Academy is all about,” Deiuliis added.

Individuals and organizations interested in participating as a speaker or serving as a host are encouraged to contact academy@nickdeiuliis.com or use the form at nickdeiuliis.com/contact.