Creating Strong Economies

Strong economies are the product of places where people want to live, innovative companies, effective support organizations, and a healthy talent pipeline.

We help communities understand and build on their strengths, identify and seize new opportunities, overcome weaknesses, and mitigate threats. We use data creatively, we engage in the conversations that matter with an inclusive set of voices, and we bring our deep and diverse perspectives to bear to create actionable analysis and strategies.

Services we offer to help you create strong economies:
  • Community Vision Development

  • Economic Competitiveness Strategy

  • Economic Recovery and Resiliency Planning

  • Industry and Workforce Strategy

  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation Strategy

  • Collective Impact Development

  • Economic Impact Analysis

  • Embedding Resilience

    Our analysis and process is designed to help your industry or economy become more resilient to economic and environmental risks.

  • Creating Opportunity

    We assess disparities and identify opportunities to spur equitable growth to ensure that all of your residents are benefitting from investment.

  • Actionable


    We design a Build Session process that engages stakeholders to own the creation of programs, policies, and tools. We celebrate the beginning of implementation and not just the delivery of a final product.

  • Investable Plans

    Through communications tools, creative analysis, and creating buy-in, we help you make the case for investment.

  • Fostering Action

    We can provide capacity to your organization as you begin to implement a strategy or launch a new initiative.

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    Economic Competitiveness& Inclusion Plan 

    Ramsey County, MN

  • Age-Friendly Livability Dashboard

    AARP Maine

  • Economic Action Plan

    York County Economic Alliance​


  • Connect Greater Newport

    Newport County Chamber of Commerce


Creating Great Communities

Great communities drive economic success.

Critical assets for economic development include housing stock that is diverse and affordable, mobility options that get people to where they need to be, and a robust array of cultural and recreational opportunities. From analysis, to strategy, to supporting implementation, we can help you retain and attract talent by creating a great community.   

Services we offer to help you create great communities:
  • Market Analysis and Strategy Development

  • Housing Portfolio Planning

  • Business District Revitalization

  • Comprehensive & Neighborhood Plans

  • Development Feasibility Analysis

  • Initiative and Program Development

  • Better Data

    We combine robust trend data with future looking projections and scenarios to provide data that means something.

  • Informed


    We engage residents through a human centered design process and with tools such as Market Cards to empower residents to create a data informed vision.

  • Actionable


    We design a  Build Session process that engages stakeholders to own the creation of programs, policies, and tools.

  • Prioritized Investments

    Since 2015, we have been helping communities create a prioritized Investment Prospectus that have attracted over $1B in investment.

  • Planning for

    the Future

    We use Scenario Planning to help diverse stakeholders envision how they can better collaborate to address big challenges.

  • Allegheny Together Technical Assistance

    Allegheny County Economic Development

  • Road to One Million
    Regional Development Plan

    Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership 

  • Comprehensive Economic Development Plan

    City of Allentown

  • Business District and Affordable Housing Strategy

    Hazelwood Initiative

Creating Impactful Organizations

Strong organizations must regularly reevaluate themselves and their services to keep a competitive edge.

First, that means having access to and being able to interpret the best market data, public policies, and resources. Beyond that, you must be able to create the strategy, tactics, communications, and approach to maximize your impact and carry your plan forward. We can partner with you to evaluate, understand, and adapt to the needs of those you’re serving.

Services we offer to help you create impactful organizations:


  • Strategic Planning

  • Business Planning

  • Program Creation and Evaluation

  • Impact Assessment 

  • Feasibility Studies 

  • A Trusted

    We see our clients as partners, and are known for being there to brainstorm ideas, make connections, and offer honest advice.

  • Better Data

    We use data creatively, yet with rigor, to understand market opportunities, and help you determine how to measure impact.

  • Realistic Recommendations

    We recognize the passion and capacity strains that come with leading a nonprofit organization and work diligently to provide not just ideas but actionable strategies to move forward..

  • Fostering


    We can help you identify and secure funding to move from planning to action.

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    Conexus Indiana Strategic Plan

    Conexus Indiana

  • Evaluation of the EDA Regional Innovation Strategies Program 2014-2017

    U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of Innovation

  • Public Opinion Polling, Economic Impact Assessment and Case Statement Development on Climate Change and Clean Energy Issues in Indiana

    The Nature Conservancy 

  • Business Plan and Real-Estate Analysis

    Neighborhood Allies

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.

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Phone: (412) 325-2457

Email: engage (at)


Fourth Economy Consulting
PO Box 81620
Pittsburgh, PA 15217