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Hans is responsible for generating industrial growth in northwest Ohio, including the cities of Toledo, Sandusky and Defiance.
His initiatives include organizing information for business clients; assisting customers with engineering/electric service issues, rate analyses, and financial/tax incentives; building relationships with clients nationally and internationally; managing an international business assistance program for manufacturers and high value-added service customers in the service area, and strategic initiatives such as identifying new greenfield and brownfield properties for future development opportunities. Hans is also the local government liaison for communities in the eastern portion of the Toledo Edison service territory and serves in that capacity for Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station.
Hans has nearly 25 years experience in the economic development profession. Earlier in his career, he held positions with The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agriculture & Environmental Sciences and the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority. He is also past chairman of the Ohio Economic Development Council and the Northwest Ohio Regional Economic Development Association.
Hans was an honors graduate of the University of Toledo with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in geography and urban planning, with specializations in urban economic geography, quantitative research methods, and economic modeling. He is also a graduate of the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute.
Melissa Frank represents FirstEnergy's economic development function in the Ohio Edison service area, including all or parts of Ashland, Clark, Columbiana, Crawford, Delaware, Holmes, Madison, Mahoning, Marion, Medina, Morrow, Portage, Richland, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, Union, and Wayne counties. Melissa also is responsible for FirstEnergy’s relationships with site location consultants and corporate relocation consultants.
Melissa works closely with economic development organizations to support the communities they serve, FirstEnergy utility customers and prospects. Melissa has been an officer and board member for several state and national economic development organizations, including president of the Ohio Economic Development Association.
Melissa's career with FirstEnergy spans nearly 25 years and includes experience in customer service and sales, as well as nearly 20 years with the economic development team. A graduate of The Ohio State University, Melissa holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration.
Renee Nied represents FirstEnergy's economic development function in the Illuminating Company service area, including all or parts of Lorain, Cuyahoga, Lake Geauga and Ashtabula counties.
She establishes relationships with local, regional, state, national and international companies and economic development partners to facilitate business retention and growth in these FirstEnergy utility service areas.
Lisa is responsible for the economic development activities in western Pennsylvania and West Virginia, including the Pittsburgh, Erie and Parkersburg regions.
She works closely with prospective customers to provide engineering and site location assistance as well as rate analysis with an added emphasis on the Shale Gas Industry.
Lisa has more than 25 years experience with FirstEnergy working with large commercial & industrial customers providing value-added services associated with new construction projects and electric service line extensions.
Lisa is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a BS degree in Business Administration.
JP is responsible for economic development activities in central Pennsylvania. JP covers areas served by both Penelec and West Penn Power in all or parts of Bedford, Blair, Bradford, Cambria, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Forest, Huntingdon, Indiana, Jefferson, Lycoming, McKean, Mifflin, Potter, Somerset, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Warren, Wayne, and Wyoming counties.
JP has more than 30 years of experience with the company. He is a graduate of Penn State University.
Roger is responsible for FirstEnergy’s economic development activities in southeastern Pennsylvania and in northern and central New Jersey. This includes Adams, Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lebanon, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton, Pike and York counties in Pennsylvania, and Burlington, Essex, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Morris, Monmouth, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren counties in New Jersey.
He establishes relationships with local, regional, state, national and international companies and economic development partners to facilitate business retention and growth in these FirstEnergy utility service areas.
Roger has 35 years of experience with FirstEnergy and he is a member of numerous boards and business organizations. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from The Pennsylvania State University and completed Management Development courses at Bethany College and Rutgers University.
Lucas is responsible for FirstEnergy’s economic development activities in Maryland and eastern West Virginia. Along with promoting the area for business development, he works closely with county, regional and state level officials in a variety of roles to facilitate business growth and job creation.
Lucas has more than 25 years in economic development and related experience. He has worked in the private and public sectors, and he understands the often complex issues related to site location and analysis.
Lucas has a Bachelor of Science degree from Troy State University in Secondary Education and a Master of Science degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in Economic Development. He is also a graduate of the Economic Development Institute in Norman, Oklahoma.
As FirstEnergy’s director of Economic Development, Patrick leads development activity across the company’s Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia and Maryland service territory.
Patrick plans and implements the corporate economic development strategy by building strong relationships with economic development organizations at the national, state and regional levels. He has served as the chair of the Ohio Economic Development Council, World Trade Center Cleveland’s Annual Conference and the Greater Cleveland Growth Association’s Business Resource Panel. He also worked as a loaned executive during the formation of Team Northeast Ohio. Patrick is a member of the Northern Ohio Export Development Council and serves as co-chair of the Marketing Committee on the board of the Utility Economic Development Association, a national group of investor-owned utility professionals.
Patrick has more than 25 years of experience with FirstEnergy, including nearly 20 years with the Economic Development Department. He is a graduate of Kent State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.