Creating Strong Economies

Strong economies are the product of innovative companies, effective support organizations, an attractive location for growth 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 the unusual suspects, 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

  • Industry Analysis

  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation Strategy 

  • 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 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 programs, policies, and tools.

  • 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 launch a new initiative.

  • Aerial view of Ford City including a church and residential houses
    Ford City Comprehensive Plan

    Borough of Ford City, PA

  • A Shared Agenda for Growing West Virginia's Agricultural Economy

    West Virginia University

  • Grow Lebanon Economic
    Development Strategy

    City of Lebanon, PA

  • Connect Greater Newport

    Newport County Chamber of Commerce


Creating Great Communities

Great communities drive economic success.

Critical assets for modern 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 Activation

  • Housing Portfolio Planning

  • Business District Revitalization

  • Comprehensive & Neighborhood Plans

  • Opportunity Zone and Investment Prospectus Development

  • Better Data

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

  • Informed


    We engage residents with tools such as Market Cards to empower residents to create a market based 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.

  • The Hilltop Housing
    Market Restoration Strategy

    Hilltop Alliance

  • Road to One Million
    Regional Development Plan

    Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership 

  • Pike2Bike Trail

    Bedford & Fulton Counties

  • Land Recycling Strategy

    Urban Redevelopment Authority
    of Pittsburgh

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 success.

  • Realistic Recommendations

    Because we’ve run organizations and programs, we provide detailed recommendations based on experience.

  • Fostering


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

  • 3D printer printing blue item at Conexus Indiana
    Conexus Indiana Strategic Plan

    Conexus Indiana

  • Strategic Plan for Transition and Expansion

    Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization


    Polaris Rhode Island MEP

  • Workforce One Stop Operator


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