If a community sits in wait, then definitely the jobs will not materialize. However, a community that prepares for an industry can benefit. We have two Colleges in our County that can be a part of the solution.
Interesting article on what Broome County is doing to prepare for natural gas production. They are proactively training a workforce in the event that the industry takes off. This can potentially save the industry the burden of importing workers. There are many families in Otsego County who would benefit from such a program. It is time to seriously think of developing the skilled workforce needed to work on these jobs.
Even a simple search of monster.com shows a list of available openings that have the potential to be available in Otsego County.
Are the jobs a myth? Not from this perspective.