Jerry Paytas

Vice President, Research & Analytics

Jerry founded Fourth Economy in 2010 with Rich. He loves working with clients who are curious, driven, and believe in the power of data and information. He’s good at figuring out how to analyze information that may not have a standard resource or method and then condensing the results to help clients reduce uncertainty and develop an implementable path forward. Jerry has an analytical mind and brings a critical eye to ideas and projects. Jerry serves on the boards of Landmarks Development Corporation and the University of Pittsburgh Human Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee.

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University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
Pittsburgh, PA

Ph.D., Public and International Affairs
M.A., Urban and Regional Planning

The Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD

B.A.,  International Affairs


GSP Consulting
Pittsburgh, PA

Directed research for state, regional and local economic development strategies

Carnegie Mellon Center for Economic Development
Pittsburgh, PA

Managed an applied research and policy center that provided fact-based regional development policy analysis and recommendations

Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA

Trained more than 200 pragmatic development analysts and activists in Urban and Regional Economic Development

Ben Franklin Technology Center
Pittsburgh, PA

Managed a $1.5 million annual business services program to support technology startups


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  • Evaluation of the EDA Regional Innovation Strategies Program 2014-2017

    U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of Innovation

  • People, Places and Industry: Economic Impact Analysis

    Pittsburgh Council of Higher Education

  • Clairton Fresh Market Viability Study

    Just Harvest

  • The Hilltop Housing Market Restoration Strategy

    Hilltop Alliance

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Phone: (412) 325-2457

Email: engage (at)


Fourth Economy Consulting
PO Box 81620
Pittsburgh, PA 15217