Q&A with Lisa Nentwick, Manager, Economic Development
Lisa Nentwick, Economic Development manager, has more than 25 years of experience working with FirstEnergy’s large commercial and industrial customers. Currently, she is responsible for the company’s economic development activities in Western Pennsylvania. Lisa works closely 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 below.
Tell us about your background.
I have a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from The Ohio State University, where I majored in marketing.
Right after college, I worked as a licensed insurance agent. I later attended a job fair where I interviewed with Ohio Edison and took a position as a marketing representative in the company’s Customer Support group. In addition to working in Customer Support, I spent about 14 months as a Meter Reading supervisor, which gave me great leadership experience.
Overall, my growth in the company has been organic. During my time in the Customer Support group, I spent a lot of time working with the shale gas industry. When FirstEnergy formed a dedicated shale team to support economic development initiatives related to that industry, my transition to Economic Development manager was a natural fit.
What is your role as an economic development manager?
My focus continues to be on the shale industry. I work with upstream and midstream shale customers to identify areas of development within FirstEnergy’s footprint. To accomplish this, I coordinate aspects of the projects with both internal and external contacts.
Inside the company, I work with various departments, such as Customer Support and Engineering, to get vital information that customers need to relocate to our area. We ultimately need to determine how we can best serve the customer, and identify locations in close proximity to our existing transmission lines.
Outside the company, I collaborate with local, state and regional economic development partners to assist with workforce development, tax incentives, funding for training, etc. Our partners help put together the pieces that make a business successful.
Why is FirstEnergy’s service area an ideal location for shale companies to establish operations?
FirstEnergy’s service area is very strategically located; more than two-thirds of the U.S. population is located within 500 miles of our footprint. There is also a well-established transportation and river system.
In addition, FirstEnergy is truly committed to helping our customers succeed. We will assist in any way we can to help our customers succeed during the project and long after the project is completed.
When you’re not helping businesses expand, what do you enjoy doing?
I’m a big sports fan and love to watch basketball and football. I also enjoy gardening and working outside, and attending concerts.
One thing many people do not know about me is that working at FirstEnergy is a “family affair.” I started working at the company’s Bruce Mansfield plant during summer breaks when my father was an employee at the plant. My husband works at the W.H. Sammis plant, and my oldest son is a lineman for FirstEnergy subsidiary The Illuminating Co. in Cleveland. He is a graduate of FirstEnergy’s Power Systems Institute.
Have a question for Lisa? Contact her on FirstEnergy’s Economic Development website.
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 or Maryland. Learn more at www.firstenergycorp.com/economicdevelopment. Stay up-to-date on the latest Economic Development news on LinkedIn.