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Our Approach

What We Do

We use our experience in economic development to frame environmental, social, and cultural issues in a context that resonates with investors, community members, and public policy leaders. This is demonstrated through our award winning approach to helping communities leverage their quality of place assets to change their economic and demographic paths.

  • 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

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How We Do It

Though we tailor our process to each client and scope of work, our process generally includes:

Establishing a Baseline

Fourth Economy combines qualitative research with quantitative assessments to provide a robust economic picture for each community where we work. We believe in the development of a thorough understanding of the economic structure, assets and challenges that provide the base to develop actionable strategies.

Facilitating Robust Engagement

We believe engagement to be the cornerstone of any planning effort. Our engagement process can help validate quantitative findings, provide valuable qualitative data, and can identify those individuals and organizations who may be catalysts for advancing strategies in the implementation phase.

Moving to Action

The Fourth Economy team believes that our engagement process combined with the rigor we provide during analysis supports success. Our engagement and analysis activities culminate in the development of implementable plans that help communities move from vision to action with metrics for measuring and communicating successes along the way.

Work We Love to Do

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Strategic Economic Development Planning
Developing the Blue Economy
Growing Outdoor, Arts, and Recreation Economies
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Equitable Community Development
Charging an Electric Car
Road to Electric Vehicle Readiness
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Housing Needs Assessment

To learn more about our capabilities and who we've worked with, view our Project Profiles

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