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In the News
Nov 16, 2022
Pennsylvania outdoor economy experts explain how recreation and job growth go hand-in-hand
NEXTpittsburgh highlights Fourth Economy for hosting the Promising Practices of Outdoor Recreation Economies webinar that brought together five outdoor recreation experts from across the Commonwealth to explore how the outdoor economy can aid both environmental stewardship and economic resilience.
Aug 5, 2022
Rhode Island Announces $2.9 Million in Placemaking Grants
Fourth Economy's Rich Overmoyer contributed to grant writing that secured $88,358.64 for Event Programming that Newport County Development Council will use to deliver a range of one-day to series events including hosting the Aquidneck Growers Market, Broadway Street Fair, and Outdoor Art Biennial Exhibition.
Aug 3, 2022
Berks Commissioners Adopt IMAGINE Berks Strategic Economic Development Action Plan
The Berks County Commissioners formally adopted IMAGINE Berks, the Strategic Economic Development Action Plan prepared by Fourth Economy for the County. This plan identifies key principles that are intended to guide all suggested investments and action steps within the plan, as well as six priority areas: Business & Industry Growth, Small Business & Entrepreneurship, Infrastructure & Land Use, Talent & Economic Mobility, Housing, and Placemaking.
Aug 2, 2022
Jefferson Regional Foundation Announces New CEO
Fourth Economy Client, Jefferson Regional Foundation, has appointed Trisha M. Gadson, Ph.D. as its new Chief Executive Officer. The foundation maintains assets of over $107 million and is dedicated to investing in the health and vitality of the communities served by Jefferson Hospital in the South Hills and lower Mon Valley of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Jul 13, 2022
Riverlife Leads PA Waterfront Development Tax Credit Expansion
We are excited to see our work continue to make an impact. In 2016 Fourth economy helped design the Waterfront Development Tax Credit to spur private investment and a more formal recognition of our waterfront assets. This expansion will pay great dividends to the Commonwealth.
Jun 21, 2022
Artworks Gwinnett Kicks Off Year-Long Arts and Culture Master Plan
Working with Lord Cultural Resources, Fourth Economy is supporting the development of Gwinnett County (GA)’s first ever comprehensive Creative Economy Master Plan. The plan aims to promote arts and culture resources as an engine of growing the County’s economic and cultural prosperity.
Jun 15, 2022
Prosper’s Black Ecosystem Report and the Impact on Businesses in Birmingham
Fourth Economy has wrapped up our work with Prosper Birmingham on this ground-breaking report intended to shed light on the area’s Black-owned business ecosystem. The Black Ecosystem Report is one of three pillars under Prosper’s Black-Owned Business Acceleration initiative. We are looking forward to this work leading to solutions for Black business owners in Birmingham.
Jan 31, 2022
PA Municipalities Consider Using ARPA Funds for Outdoor Recreation
In 2021 Fourth Economy worked with the York County Economic Alliance to develop an Economic Development Plan which identified a set of priorities, action and implementation plans, and identified a number of potential initiatives and funding sources. The plan identified "investment in trails, public spaces, and other outdoor recreation amenities" as a catalyst for economic growth.
Dec 9, 2021
Whoa, CMU’s National Robotics Engineering Center has helped launch a ton of Pittsburgh tech companies
Technical.ly Recognizes Fourth Economy’s Report on National Robotics Engineering Center’s Industry Cluster Creation
Dec 1, 2021
Great Allegheny Passage proves to be 'economic highway'
Cumberland Times-News Recognizes Fourth Economy’s contribution to the Great Allegheny Passage’s Development, bringing $121 million to the region alongside the 150 mile trail
Jun 15, 2021
Communities along White River form coalition to leverage new statewide grant funding
Indiana Business Journal recognizes Fourth Economy’s Role in White River communities’ READI Grant submission, projected to attract a cumulative $2 billion