Stay up-to-date on FirstEnergy's economic development projects, and gain insight and best practices on the site selection process from our leading Economic Development team.

Q&A with Lucas Cade, Senior Economic Development Executive

Lucas Cade is a senior economic development executive for FirstEnergy’s Maryland, eastern West Virginia and south central Pennsylvania service areas. Lucas works closely with county, regional and state officials to facilitate business growth and job creation in the region. Get to know Lucas in the Q&A.


Marion, Ohio, Manufacturing Collaborative Trains Talent for High-Skill Careers in Robotics

The International Federation of Robotics (IFR) estimates that approximately 2.3 million industrial robots will be in operation across the globe by 2018, creating new efficiencies – and a million new jobs. Read the story. 


Youngstown, Ohio, Manufacturer Thrives on Specialization and Community Partnerships

As global aircraft production grows at an unprecedented rate, Fireline Inc. relies more than ever on its longtime community partnerships to remain competitive. Read the story.


Q&A with Melissa Frank, Senior Economic Development Executive

Melissa Frank is a senior economic development executive for FirstEnergy's Ohio Edison service area. As an Ohio native and long-time FirstEnergy employee, Melissa is passionate about her role in helping businesses establish or expand operations within this growing service area. Get to know Melissa in the Q&A.


West Virginia: The Small State with Big Advantages

West Virginia’s welcoming business climate has attracted $22 billion in new business investments since 2005, making it an attractive location for new businesses or those considering a move. Read the story.


A Look at West Virginia’s I-79 Technology Park

How important is the I-79 Technology Park? It provides mission-critical research and development support to some of the federal government’s largest agencies, including NASA, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the FBI. Read the story.


Q&A with Jim Bowman, Senior Economic Development Executive

Meet Jim Bowman, a graduate of University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute with more than 27 years at FirstEnergy. Jim is an essential partner for businesses looking to establish or expand operations in West Virginia. Get to know Jim in the Q&A.


Q&A with Marty Kuula, Senior Economic Development Executive

Marty Kuula brings more than 25 years of economic development experience to businesses in northeast Ohio. An Ashtabula, Ohio, native, Marty collaborates with new customers to identify action items and milestones needed to make their project successful. Get to know Marty in the Q&A.




FirstEnergy's Rapid Response Shale Team Helps Businesses Relocate and Grow in the Appalachian Basin

When manufacturers decide to relocate, site selectors have an extensive to-do list. The FirstEnergy Shale Team’s mission is to help cut through the red tape in the site selection process. Read the story.


Ohio Shale Development Will Yield Abundant Opportunity for Manufacturers

The energy-rich Marcellus and Utica shale fields in the Ohio River Valley are already proving to be assets for oil and gas drillers. Studies show they also represent a dynamic new opportunity for refineries and manufacturers. Read more about the study.


Q&A with Lisa Nentwick, Manager, Economic Development

Lisa Nentwick has more than 25 years of experience working with FirstEnergy’s large commercial and industrial customers. Lisa works with prospective customers to provide the assistance they need to establish or expand operations within FirstEnergy’s footprint. Get to know Lisa in the Q&A.


FirstEnergy Joins Host Committee for IAMC 2015 Fall Forum

FirstEnergy recently partnered with Team NEO and other Ohio economic development organizations to host Industrial Asset Management Council’s (IAMC) 2015 Fall Forum in Cleveland, Ohio. Read the story.


Q&A with JP Tambourine, Manager, Economic Development

Meet JP Tambourine, Economic Development manager for FirstEnergy. As a problem solver with a passion for building relationships, JP works with businesses to relocate or expand their operations, bringing jobs to communities in FirstEnergy’s six-state utility footprint. Read the story.


FirstEnergy Helps Optimize 3-D Printing Technology

Will your next car be made using 3-D printing technology? This and many other exciting developments are coming soon thanks to 3-D printing, robotics and other advanced manufacturing techniques. Read the story.


Youngstown Business Incubator Earns Global Recognition

FirstEnergy’s service area is home to the world’s best university-affiliated business incubator – Youngstown Business Incubator (YBI), which helps technology startups grow to become thriving businesses. Read the story.


Welcome to the Economic Development Resource Hub!

FirstEnergy’s Economic Development team has helped a wide variety of companies navigate economic development projects. Through our resource hub, we will share tips, our experiences and best practices learned along the way. Read more.

Last Modified: April 3, 2017