Much of Pennsylvania’s economic growth can be attributed to the emergence of high-tech and service-related industries. A wealth of higher educational institutions, technical schools and state-of-the-art research centers support the state’s industries. Six out of 10 major U.S. markets lie within 500 miles.

  • Population: 9.6 million in service territory
  • Labor Force: 3.4 million
  • Industry: 235,155 establishments

Within a 500-mile radius

  • 40% of the U.S. population and purchasing power
  • More than 60% of Canada’s population
  • 45% of U.S. manufacturers
  • 40% of the nation’s domestic trade and service industries


  • More than 5,000 miles of active rail line, served by Norfolk Southern Railway, CSX Transportation Systems and Canadian Pacific Railways
  • Six international airports, 236 general aviation airports and 142 public-use airports
  • Port of Philadelphia (Atlantic Ocean access), Port of Erie (Great Lakes access), Port of Pittsburgh, the largest inland port in the U.S. (Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean access)


Electric power is provided to FirstEnergy’s Pennsylvania service area by:

  • Pennsylvania Power Company (Penn Power)
  • Pennsylvania Electric Company (Penelec)
  • Metropolitan Edison Company (Met-Ed)
  • West Penn Power Company

Development Assistance

FirstEnergy’s local Economic Development staff knows the area and business. Our presence here has allowed us to establish good working relationships with international, national, state and local economic development agencies and professionals. Please contact us for assistance and introductions.