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.
Learn more about Lucas in the Q&A below.
You have more than 25 years of experience in economic development and related areas. Tell us more about your background.
History has always been my passion, which led me to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education from Troy State University. I then obtained a Master of Science degree in Economic Development from the University of Southern Mississippi, and am also a graduate of the Economic Development Institute in Norman, Oklahoma.
After graduate school, I moved to Maryland and worked for the Washington County government for one year before joining the Economic Development team at Potomac Edison. While my early career was spent in Economic Development, I’ve also performed regulatory functions and most recently worked in Energy Efficiency. Overall, I’ve been with the company for 27 years.
How would you describe your role as an economic development advisor?
In its foundation, economic development is improving the standard of living for communities through better job opportunities, increased spending power and expansion of the tax base. As an economic development professional, my job is to be a facilitator of this improvement.
With this in mind, I help to assemble teams of decision makers that work on behalf of businesses that are considering establishing or expanding operations in our service territory. A team effort makes growth and investment in our region possible.
Further, through my work in both private and public sectors, I understand the often complex issues related to site location and analysis. Economic development is completely customer driven, and our team does everything it can to make the process as smooth as possible.
Why should businesses consider the Mid-Atlantic region to establish or expand operations?
Businesses looking for an East Coast location will not find a better one than the Mid-Atlantic region. It is centrally located with a strong highway system, has access to domestic and international markets, and boasts a quality workforce. With a close proximity to Baltimore and Washington D.C., we have a diverse economy, including a significant federal government presence. The Mid-Atlantic offers a solid package for businesses.
What can businesses expect from FirstEnergy as a partner?
FirstEnergy’s Economic Development employees are experienced in new and existing customer support. Businesses will have a committed team that will address concerns promptly and facilitate a smooth and confidential site selection process. Additionally, our Customer Support teams offer a support system to help customers evolve and grow.
What are your hobbies and interests outside of the office?
Consistent with my undergraduate study, I live in part of the country that is rich in history, so I stay busy exploring and learning. I am a passionate reader and a lifelong supporter of the arts, specifically music and theater. I’m married with four children, all of whom have been active in or pursued careers in the arts.
FirstEnergy’s Economic Development team can provide the assistance you need when you're looking to move to or expand your business in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia and Maryland. Learn more at www.firstenergycorp.com/economicdevelopment. Stay up-to-date on the latest Economic Development news on LinkedIn.