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

We aim to create more prosperous and equitable communities and organizations by working in partnership with leaders in government, business, and the community.

Our services combine research, strategic planning, and engagement to ensure that our clients have the data, tools, and strategies needed to grow their economies.

What We Do

Fourth Economy Consulting offers consulting services in economic  strategy, resilience, and equity.  We specialize in helping public and private sector clients take meaningful action to create innovative, equitable, and sustainable outcomes.

Focus Areas
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Strategic Economic Development Planning
Developing the Blue Economy
Growing Outdoor, Arts, and Recreation Economies
Small Business Owner
Equitable Community Development
Charging an Electric Car
Road to Electric Vehicle Readiness
Wooden House
Housing Needs Assessment
  • Economic vision and action plans

  • Downtown, Main Street and neighborhoods

  • Innovation & entrepreneurship

  • Outdoor and cultural economy 

  • Feasibility and Impact Analysis

  • Climate change and economic impacts

  • Workforce and affordable housing 

  • Economic mobility 

  • Industry and market trend forecasting

  • Jobs of the future and workforce

  • ​Human-centered climate impact adaptation 

  • Environment-related economy impact analysis

  • Economic disparity analysis

  • Quality of place 

  • Strategy, program design, and evaluation

Who We Work With

States, Cities, and Municipalities
  • Allentown, PA

  • Atlantic City, NJ

  • State of Indiana

  • Newport and Bristol, RI

  • Laramie, WY

  • Macon, GA

  • Scranton, PA

  • Ramsey County, MN

  • York County, PA

  • AARP

  • Allegheny County Health Department

  • Conexus Indiana

  • The Nature Conservancy

  • Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh

  • Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

  • Prosper Birmingham

  • Pennsylvania Environmental Council

  • University of Rhode Island Research Foundation

  • Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation

  • U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of Innovation

Fourth Economy works with cities, states, municipalities, government agencies, non-profits, foundations, and organizations of all sizes. Some examples of past clients include:

Example Projects

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 transportation.  

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