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Fourth Economy helps communities and organizations create strategic, equitable, and resilient economies.

About Us

Fourth Economy is a national community and economic development consulting firm that focuses on fostering action to create great communities, impactful organizations, and strong economies.

Our Values


Economic Strategy

  • Economic vision and action plans

  • Downtown, Main Street and neighborhoods

  • Innovation & entrepreneurship

  • Outdoor and cultural economy 

  • Feasibility and Impact Analysis

Economic Equity

  • Climate change and economic impacts

  • Workforce and Affordable housing 

  • Economic mobility 

  • Industry & market trend forecasting

  • Jobs of the future and workforce

Economic Resilience

  • Human-centered climate impact adaptation 

  • Environment-related economy impact analysis

  • Economic disparity analysis

  • Quality of place 

  • Strategy, program design, and evaluation

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Our Work

Fourth Economy takes a unique approach to working with our clients as partners. We effectively blend both quantitative and qualitative inputs at every point in the process. Most importantly, our focus is on developing realistic recommendations that can be easily understood and readily implemented.

Example Projects


Recent Dispatches From Our Blog

Pittsburgh PA by Vidar Nordli-Mathisen

Get in Touch

Many of our most interesting projects stem from conversations with communities about where they are and where they want to be. Our specialty is in developing strategies that help communities achieve their goals. If you’d like to delve deeper, reach out! We'd love to connect with you.


Our team is part of a global network of consultants at Steer.


Steer is an employee-owned consultancy with 21 offices across North America, Latin America, UK, Europe and India. Since 1978, Steer has provided advisory services to government and business – with a particular focus on projects that develop cities, infrastructure and transport.  

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