FIRSTENERGY CORPORATION SUPPORTS REGIONAL GROWTH

Lewistown, PA – FirstEnergy Corporation, provider of electric services to Mifflin County and throughout Pennsylvania is investing $1,000 in Focus Central Pennsylvania to support regional growth by promoting the Region to attract new corporate investment. A check was presented by FirstEnergy-Penelec Economic Development Manager JP Tambourine to Focus representatives Rob Postal, Board member and Lauren Bryson, Executive Director.

Focus Central Pennsylvania is a non-profit dedicating 100% of its time and resources to attracting corporate investment in the region to create jobs.  Focus currently serves seven (7) contiguous counties in the central part of Pennsylvania, USA with a total population of 468,250; a total labor force of 221,795; and nearly 18,000 business establishments. The counties and major cities include Centre (State College, Bellefonte); Columbia (Bloomsburg, Berwick); Montour (Danville); Union (Lewisburg, Mifflinburg); Snyder (Selinsgrove); Northumberland (Sunbury, Milton); and Mifflin (Lewistown).

According to Rob Postal, Focus Board member and President/CEO of the Mifflin County Industrial Development Corporation (MCIDC), “the competition to attract business is very high, with some regions actually giving property away. We make the process of site selection for new businesses more cost efficient by providing easy access to site location information, such as demographics, wages, business data and, of course, detailed property information. First Energy’s investment is an essential part of our efforts to keep up with technological changes that are designed to provide easy access to information over the Internet, where 98% of first round site selections are done.”

JP H Tambourine, FirstEnergy-Penelec stated that “our Economic Development Department understands that it takes a team approach to be successful in business attraction and retention. Investing in Focus Central PA and working with agencies like MCIDC are ways we can do this. We are very pleased to invest in Focus as part of our business attraction efforts.”  FirstEnergy Corporation is headquartered in Akron, OH. Penelec, the subsidiary servicing Mifflin County and approximately 30 other counties throughout Pennsylvania, is based in Erie, PA.

Focus Central Pennsylvania is part of a committed team in the region that is driving economic development for communities in Centre, Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, Union, Snyder and Mifflin communities.  The mission of Focus is to effectively promote new corporate investment that results in growth of family sustaining jobs in the region by being a premier economic development marketing alliance for committed partners. Focus pro-actively connects with site location consultants and companies looking to relocate or expand.  This work helps our communities become an even greater place to live and work.   

For more information, contact: Lauren Bryson, 844.293.8719, lbryson@focuscentralpa.org