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

About Us

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 Values


Economic Strategy

  • Economic vision and action plans

  • Downtown, Main Street and neighborhoods

  • Innovation & entrepreneurship

  • Outdoor and cultural economy 

  • Feasibility and Impact Analysis

Economic Equity

  • Climate change and economic impacts

  • Workforce and Affordable housing 

  • Economic mobility 

  • Industry & market trend forecasting

  • Jobs of the future and workforce

Economic Resilience

  • Human-centered climate impact adaptation 

  • Environment-related economy impact analysis

  • Economic disparity analysis

  • Quality of place 

  • Strategy, program design, and evaluation

Man and woman talking, community, discussion, diverse

Example Projects


Recent Dispatches From Our Blog

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.


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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