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

We support the creation of more prosperous and equitable communities by working in partnership with leaders in government, business, academia, and the community.

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

What We Do

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

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Work We Love to Do
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Creating Strong Regional Economies
Leveraging the Economic Potential of Arts, Cultural, and Outdoor Recreation Assets 
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Serving as Thought Partners for Organizations Redefining Impact
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Growing the Workforce of the Future
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Building Equitable Communities and Economies
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Helping Communities Identify Gaps and Address Needs
  • Economic Vision and Action Plans

  • CEDS and Economic Development Strategy

  • Outdoor and Cultural Economy Assessment and Planning

  • Feasibility and Economic Impact Analysis

  • Housing Analysis

  • Industry and Market Trend Forecasting

  • Jobs of the Future and Workforce Analysis

  • Equitable Development Planning

  • EV Readiness Assessment

  • Strategy, Program Design, and Evaluation

  • Strategic Planning

  • Asset Mapping

  • Design, Branding and Place-based Marketing

  • Economic and Environmental Resilience Planning

  • Community Health and Family Supports Assessments

  • Site Selection Analysis

Who We Work With

Fourth Economy works with government agencies, non-profit organizations, colleges and universities, philanthropy, and private companies of all sizes. Some examples of past clients include:

Government Clients
  • Allentown, PA

  • Atlantic City, NJ

  • State of Indiana

  • Laramie, WY

  • Macon, GA

  • Gresham, OR

  • Scranton, PA

  • REDI, Columbia, MO

  • Ramsey County, MN

  • York County, PA

  • Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Agency

  • Tri-County Regional Planning Commission (Lansing, MI)

  • Indiana Metropolitan Planning Organization

Organizations
  • AARP

  • Allegheny County Health Department

  • Carnegie Mellon University

  • Conexus Indiana

  • The Nature Conservancy of Indiana

  • Newport County Chamber of Commerce

  • Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh

  • Indiana University

  • 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

  • Walnut Capital

Example Projects

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

 

In 2021 Fourth Economy joined Steer, strengthening and complementing their team with economic development services across North America, allowing us to offer a comprehensive approach that embraces people, skills, enterprise, infrastructure, mobility, and innovation. Steer has built a national reputation as a leader in transportation planning and advisory. Together, we bring a rigorous, data-driven approach to understanding the opportunities and limitations of economic development initiatives within communities, nationally and globally.

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