PSP remains committed to long-term Permian prosperity

The Permian Strategic Partnership and our members remain more engaged than ever in this region.

For us the key phrase is “this region”, as in the whole Permian basin. Because while it’s no surprise that the pandemic has reaffirmed our resilience – fall seven times, rise eight times, as the saying goes – we are focused on building partnerships and working together to meet the challenges of our region and ensure our long-term viability and prosperity.

The Permian Basin is one of the most abundant and cheapest resource basins in the world, while also producing some of the most environmentally and socially friendly energies in the world. The Permian will be vital to meeting global energy needs for decades to come, which means many years of activity for the region.

We need to be proactive and think big about how we can improve critical aspects of our community. Healthcare, education, infrastructure – these are areas that we knew needed improvement, but after COVID these needs became even more apparent and urgent.

One thing COVID has taught us is that we are much stronger when we collaborate and work together – we are a powerful force when we act as a single region rather than as cities, counties, or even individual states. How we deal with adversity is more important than the adversity itself, and we can deal with it much more successfully as one.

The PSP welcomes ideas outside the box and works with leaders at all levels who want to make the Permian Basin a better place to live and work, and we believe that no idea or partnership is too big or too small. We know that we are not alone in this thinking – our partners in the Permian Basin share this same attitude and the same willingness to be creative and to collaborate with each other.

For example, in May, the PSP helped bring together leaders from 26 of the region’s school districts – from Texas and New Mexico – to identify and prioritize regional solutions that will help address learning and development challenges. education facing schools across the country, especially after COVID.

And in coordination with PetroSkills, the world’s leading training alliance and the University of Texas at Austin Petroleum Extension (PETEX), we support the Catalyst Workforce Development Initiative, which aims to define skills and industry skills required by today’s critical jobs and also to identify high quality training providers available in the region that can be leveraged to fill the workforce education gap ‘artwork.

We know that adequate and safe roads benefit us all, which is why we advocate funding to support the entire region, not just one community. Part of our advocacy success has led to TxDOT funding $ 600 million for infrastructure in this region.

The Reporter-Telegram asked community leaders for their thoughts on what they think the community’s priorities should be as the COVID pandemic ends. This is another in this series.

I am passionate about our collective success, as are our PSP member companies, who believe in our mission to improve the quality of life in the communities in which they operate. This mission allowed the PSP to have significant impacts during our short term, from improving access to doctors to improving technology in schools to securing our roads, not to mention name a few.

While 2020 could have seen companies cut back on their financial commitments, our members ensured that our programs continued and made it clear that the Permian region remains a priority for their organizations, employees and families living and working in our communities.

At PSP, we solve problems and are committed to finding partners and resources.

At the PSP launch in November 2018, our CEOs cited the attitude of “unlimited optimism” and “Sky’s the Limit” to ensure that the Permian’s full potential is realized by all who live and work here.

We continue to have that optimism, and after seeing how the community has come together during this pandemic, we know that when we work together and move forward together, the sky really is the limit.

Tracee Bentley is the President and CEO of the Permian Strategic Partnership.

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