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Jerry Paytas, Ph.D.

Jerry Paytas, Ph.D.

Vice President

Jerry is a planner and regional economist with experience conducting a range of demographic, industry, and geographic analysis. His project experience includes comprehensive economic development and site strategies, market analysis, economic impact, program evaluation, and regional projections and modeling. He taught urban and regional economic development at Carnegie Mellon University. He serves on the boards of Landmarks Development Corporation, the University of Pittsburgh Human Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee, the University of Pittsburgh Master of Science in Quantitative Economics program, and Humanities Engage.

Prior to cofounding Fourth Economy, Jerry ran the Center for Economic Development at Carnegie Mellon University, where he managed a research and policy center with several million dollars’ worth of regional economic research and analysis. He also managed business support services for the Ben Franklin Partnership in Pittsburgh. His work has been published by the Urban Affairs Association, Urban Affairs Review, and the Brookings Institution.

  • Community Development

  • Economic Development

  • Economic Impact Analysis

  • GIS Mapping

  • Housing Analysis and Strategy

  • Innovation-Based Economic Development

  • Modeling and Forecasting

  • Outdoor Recreation Economy

  • Program Design and Implementation

  • Public Policy

Areas of Expertise

Project Examples

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