Upcoming Events

We will share information about future events once they are scheduled. In the meantime, we welcome you to review materials from our past events below, and contact one of our economic development professionals for more information.


Economic Development Forum – September 13, 2017

FirstEnergy hosted an Economic Development Forum in Cumberland, Maryland, at the Rocky Gap Resort. Speakers included Timothy Simpson, Professor of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, Penn State University; Alberto Oca, Principal, A.T. Kearney; Dr. Jim Robey, Director, Regional Planning Services, W. E. Upjohn Institute; and Dennis Burnside – President of Juniper CRE Solutions. 


Economic Development Forum - June 7, 2017

FirstEnergy hosted an Economic Development Forum in Reading, Pennsylvania, that brought together many of our regional partners to learn about the region’s growth opportunities and challenges. Speakers included Timothy Simpson - Professor of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, Penn State University; Edwin Sauer – Instructor in Engineering, Penn State University - Berks; Heather Chandler - President, Sealstrip Corporation; Michael Hawkins - Founder & CEO - Netizen Corporation; Dave Fecko - Industrial Relations Coordinator, Materials Research Institute at Penn State University; Dr. Jim Robey, Director, Regional Planning Services, W. E. Upjohn Institute; and Dennis Burnside – President of Juniper CRE Solutions. 


Economic Development Conference - May 16, 2017

FirstEnergy hosted an Economic Development Conference in Northeast Ohio that brought together many of our regional partners to learn about opportunities in the energy sector. Speakers include Kathryn Klaber, founder of the Klaber Group, T.C. Theofrastous from the Tech Belt Energy Innovation Center, Bill Hagstrand from Team NEO, Dr. Jim Robey, an economist with a doctorate degree in urban studies, and Dennis Burnside, a site selection consultant with more than 30 years of experience serving the economic development community. The conference ended with a tour of FirstEnergy’s Perry Nuclear Power Station. 


Economic Development Conference - May 11, 2017

FirstEnergy hosted an Economic Development Conference along with the Northwest Ohio Regional Economic Development Association at FirstEnergy’s Davis Besse Nuclear Power station to learn about opportunities in the energy sector. Speakers include Matt Cybulski from JobsOhio, Gary Leidich, former Executive Vice President for FirstEnergy, and Dennis Burnside, a site selection consultant with more than 30 years of experience serving the economic development community. The conference concluded with a tour of the Davis Besse Nuclear Power Station. 


Economic Development Conference 

FirstEnergy hosted an Economic Development Conference in Fairmont, West Virginia that brought together many of our regional partners to learn about the region’s growth opportunities. Speakers include Jim Estep, President and Chief Executive Officer, The High Technology Foundation, Ed Crowe, PhD, WVU Business Extension, Rick Rock, Director, North Central West Virginia Airport, Dr. Jim Robey, an economist with a doctorate degree in urban studies and Dennis Burnside, a site selection consultant with more than 30 years’ experience serving the economic development community.

  •  FirstEnergy (Fairmont, West Virginia), September 2016 – Download the full agenda.

Power Quality, Advanced Manufacturing and Improving Efficiency

We held several workshops to help industrial and manufacturing customers improve their competitiveness through low-cost power quality (PQ) solutions, efficiency applications and advanced manufacturing technologies. 

  • West Penn Power, May 2016 – Download presentation
  • Penelec, May 2016 – Download presentation
  • Met-Ed, October 2015
    During this event, case studies for specific customer applications, PQ equipment demonstrations and an overview of Met-Ed energy efficiency programs and incentives under Pennsylvania’s Act 129 were also provided.  Download the full agenda and speaker presentations
  • FirstEnergy (Elyria, Ohio), October 2015 – Download the full agenda and speaker presentations

Economic Development Conferences – Manufacturing Growth Opportunities in Pennsylvania

FirstEnergy hosted Economic Development Conferences that brought together many of our regional partners to learn about the region’s growth opportunities as a result of shale. The conferences explored regional opportunities for preparedness, planning and growth in this sector. Speakers include Kathryn Klaber, former CEO of the Marcellus Shale Coalition, Dr. Jim Robey, an economist with a doctorate degree in urban studies and Dennis Burnside, a site selection consultant with more than 30 years’ experience serving the economic development community.

  • Erie, Pennsylvania, April, 2016  – Download the speaker presentations
    This presentation focused on manufacturing growth opportunities
  • Southwest Pennsylvania, November 2015 – Download the speaker presentations
    This presentation focused on downstream opportunities

Energy Efficiency Workshop

We co-hosted this workshop for Met-Ed’s NGI customers (hospitals, schools and government buildings), to provide information on different energy efficiency project options that can be implemented to reduce energy costs and improve facility operation. Experts from the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) provided information on lighting and controls, premium efficiency motors, adjustable speed drives, compressed air best practices, chiller plant optimization and PC power management. Case studies for specific customer applications and an overview of Met-Ed energy efficiency programs and incentives under Pennsylvania’s Act 129 were provided.

Download the full agenda and speaker presentations here.


Last Modified: September 20, 2017