We equip change agents with the tools to build better communities and stronger economies.


Fourth Economy

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 VISION is a world where people are empowered to be co-creators of a sustainable economy that works for everyone.

Our PURPOSE is to  is to establish people-centered economies by equipping individuals with the tools necessary to enact meaningful change.

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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.

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Learn more about the Equitable Community Planning Toolkit: supporting equitable economic growth and systemic change. 

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How does your

community rank?

The Community Index measures US counties in investment, talent, sustainability, place, and diversity. We know these indicators are signs that communities and economies are growing stronger

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What our clients are saying

Mark Howell, CEO

Fourth Economy struck a very effective balance between aspiration and practicality. Fourth Economy understood our vision but also recognized resource and timing constraints.

John Sampson, President & CEO
Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership

From my direct interaction with Rich and his team, we derived significant benefit from their broad experience, research capabilities and adept interaction with our diverse base of stakeholders. Their past experiences and depth of knowledge have distinguished their clients in unique and beneficial ways. Candidly, in our case, there were two or three distinguishing advantages of our region which enabled a successful outcome. Fourth Economy’s contribution was one of those difference-makers in our successful grant request.

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Sherry Capello, Mayor
Lebanon, Pennsylvania

The Fourth Economy team was actively engaged with me and my Senior Staff. ...Based on both the process of working with Fourth Economy, as well as their ability to produce actionable analysis and recommendations, I would highly recommend them.

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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.


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