West Virginia

West Virginia thrives on traditional energy and manufacturing industries but also includes rapidly growing innovation-driven, technology-based businesses that have been part of over $14 billion in new investment over the past five years.  As markets regain their strength, West Virginia is well positioned as a good location for new and expanding companies seeking success and growth.

  • Population: 986,800 in service territory
  • Labor Force: 453,000
  • Industry: 30,363 establishments

Within a 500-mile radius

  • 50% of the U.S. population and purchasing power
  • 33% of the Canadian population
  • 50% of U.S. Manufacturers
  • 50% of U.S. domestic trade and service industries


  • Long haul freight services provided by two Class I rail carriers: CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern
  • Intermodal facilities serving the Port of Baltimore connect the World to inland U.S. locations
  • 4 Primary, 1 Reliever, and 15 General Aviation airports
  • Port of Huntington / Tri-State is the nation’s largest inland port linking West Virginia to ports on the Great Lakes, Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico


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

  • Potomac Edison Company
  • Monongahela Power Company (Mon Power)

Development Assistance

FirstEnergy’s local Economic Development Staff knows the area and businesses. 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.