Our Approach

Fourth Economy develops a unique approach to guide each client engagement. We effectively blend both quantitative and qualitative inputs at every point in the process. Most importantly, our focus is on developing realistic recommendations that can be easily understood and readily implemented.

Our Value

By now, everyone knows the world is flat and competition is global. Over the years, our clients have asked us to translate broad economic rhetoric like this into something more than just coffee shop chasing and hip buzz words. They seek real solutions that can help grow their markets and regional economies.

The Fourth Economy team has earned a reputation for effectively combining rigorous analytical capabilities with a practical emphasis on implementation. We have assembled a team of experts who have actually worked in economic development agencies, industry, non-profit organizations and tier-one research institutions.

The Fourth Economy is fueled by diverse organizations and industry, networked together by interest, relationship and results. Our team serves as connectors in the fourth economy, bringing together the creative energy of individuals to make new ideas and plan happen, creating lasting results for our clients.

This first-hand experience is highly valued by clients increasingly pressured by their customers, constituents or stakeholders to achieve results. It’s what sets us apart.

Our Thinking

Fourth Economy supports the growth of our clients and the communities where they live and work. Our record of success is based on the approach that a sustainable future requires a deeper understanding of ways to collaborate across economic and social sectors. We build tools and consensus for collaboration across universities, business, communities and innovation-based economic development.