We don’t like to brag, but often we find ourselves reading the newspaper when we stumble across our work, or our company name. Here’s a list of some of those articles.
Fourth Economy in the News
The district hired Fourth Economy Consulting from Pittsburgh in June to study how the former Ford City High School and Kittanning Junior and Senior high schools could be used now that they are vacant.
Universities impact regional economies. In rural areas where economic diversity is scant, the impact is greatest. Economic growth follows four forces.
Area leaders worked to meet the original Regional Cities Initiative deadline of July 1 for proposal submissions but, with the state extending the deadline to Aug. 31, the northeast Indiana region is remaining mum on which projects are topping the list until the presentation is due.
A computer programming and robotics training center has won an option for a three-year lease at the Western National Bank Building in York.
At Fourth Economy, an economic development consultancy organisation, I learned about Pittsburgh’s approach to inward investment not be just about soliciting businesses to base there through tax breaks. It’s about a more innovative and strategic approach whereby investment is built upon existing specialisms in the education and medical sectors, for example, and which seeks to fill key gaps in demand for certain types of products and services.
Armstrong school district officials are expected Monday to hire a consultant to study how three soon-to-be-vacated schools could be used to best serve Kittanning and Ford City. Fourth Economy Consulting from Pittsburgh will study how the former Ford City High School and Kittanning Junior and Senior high schools could be used once they are vacant.
After school ends – which will be in the early-afternoon due to a half-day schedule) and graduation commencements end, the schools in Kittanning and Ford City will be vacant – which is when Armstrong School District board directors, local and Fourth Economy Consultants (from Pittsburgh) will hopefully begin to consider the future.
Mayor Sherry Capello briefed Lebanon City Council last week about the plan, called "Grow Lebanon 2020," which was presented by representatives of Fourth Economy Consulting earlier this month.
A special business-development session for defense industry manufacturers will be held next week through STEAM Engine USA, an initiative by the R.I. Commerce Corporation that’s working to enhance economic and workforce potential by bridging the gap between designers and manufacturers.
First, our organization stepped back and hired Fourth Economy consulting firm to take a look at what’s currently happening in our regional economy as well as what our investors expect from the GFMEDC. What’s changed? What’s working? What can we build upon to keep this economic fire going?
FEC Index in the News
Among mid-sized counties nationwide, Brazos County ranked seventh with a Fourth Economy Community (FEC) index score of 1.9 and an "innovation capacity" of A+. Lubbock County ranked ninth with a 1.8 index score and B- in innovation capacity.
Others are noticing the area’s readiness, too. In March, Stearns County (for which St. Cloud is the county seat) was named among the top 10 large-sized communities in the U.S. “poised to achieve sustainable economic growth while attracting people and investment,” according to Pittsburgh-based Fourth Economy Consulting.
A Pittsburgh-based consulting firm released on April 15 an index of Pennsylvania county competitiveness rankings that attempts to determine which counties are poised for future economic growth.
The latest release of the Fourth Economy Community Index (FEC Index, #FECIndex) has released the nation’s top ten mega-sized Fourth Economy Communities.
A national economic development consulting firm ranks Clackamas County fourth in the nation for being "ideally positioned to achieve sustainable economic growth" while attracting modern investment and people. Fourth Economy Consulting proclaims that "Clackamas County boasts a quality of life that many counties of its size envy."
Washington County has been ranked among the nation’s “mega-counties” with populations in excess of 500,000 residents for its economic diversity and growth opportunity from future investment and economic development.
Utah County was recently selected as one of the top counties in the nation positioned to attract modern investment and manage economic growth. In the recent Fourth Economy Community Index ranking for communities with a population of 500,000 or more, Utah County ranked third.
PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The latest release of the “Fourth Economy Community Index” lists the nation’s top 10 large-sized Fourth Economy Communities. These communities are those ideally positioned to attract modern investment and managed economic growth. Kalamazoo County is listed among those Top 10 communities.
Fourth Economy Consulting says Clarke County is the best-positioned small community to grow in the modern economy, which will combine the agricultural, industrial and technological sectors.
Lubbock County ranks ninth in the nation on the recently released 2012 Fourth Economy Index Listing of mid-sized counties (population of 150,000 to 300,000).
FEC Clients in the News
There are plenty of folks—from millennials searching for that first job to boomers eager for big-city convenience—who want something different. That’s why this year, in addition to our list of top towns, MONEY crunched the numbers on urban centers with more than 300,000 residents—63 in all. As with our Best Places list, our city rankings put a premium on a robust job market, affordable housing, and factors such as accessibility to health care, culture, and open space. We also gave extra points to places with low crime and strong public schools and selected the top city in the Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, and West. Now that the hard work is done, all you have to do is pick a place and start packing. Who's #1? Pittsburgh!
Last year, township leaders began developing a marketing strategy after a consultant recommended they do a better job of promoting the community by creating a “brand” that conveys the elements that are most desirable to businesses leaders looking to expand or relocate.
Gov. Mike Pence’s Regional Cities Initiative will get all the money Pence requested. Lawmakers identified a funding source that won’t take dollars out of the General Fund. The governor’s Regional Cities Initiative is aimed at fostering greater collaboration in economic development and community improvement around the state.
Neighborhood Allies is committed to increasing leadership capacity among those who have been historically excluded and evolving the current community development system into an even more effective, efficient and creative network. One way we are doing this, is through our Community Development Fellowship Program.
Last week, the Detroit Regional Chamber and 11 economic development organizations representing Southeast Michigan signed a protocol agreement to continue to collaborate on business attraction efforts designed to bring increased national and foreign investment to the region.
ChemCeption, the business incubator of the Chemical Alliance Zone, marked its one-year anniversary April 1.
When the Pittsburgh 2030 District branched out this past August, its reputation preceded its expansion. After just two years, the initiative had already guided a disparate assortment of property and business owners down a path toward creating high-performance, energy-saving buildings in the city’s Downtown.
Although there has been much discussion about the area's energy resources and how to best capitalize on them, the thing that's missing is a plan for the years ahead.
Organizers of a gathering in Pittsburgh next week aimed at writing an energy plan for the region admit they face a daunting task. In fact, they’re not quite sure exactly how they will accomplish their goal.