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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

Moon officials want to know what they can do to spur investment in a historic community with high rates of poverty and unemployment. The township is conducting an economic analysis of Mooncrest, which has 395 housing units and about 700 residents. The brick houses are privately owned and most are rented.

A panel discussion on “The Responsible Use of Water in Industry” will include Steve McKnight, of Fourth Economy Consulting; Sam Johnson, director of Water Asset Development for CONSOL Energy; Doug Wyatt of the National Energy Technology Laboratory; and Jack Adams and Leo Zappa of Calgon Carbon.

Greensburg officials want the district to spark development and to “enhance the charm and character of the residential neighborhoods,” according to the proposal. Urban, which will be working with Fourth Economy Consulting of Pittsburgh, will be paid $85,000 from grant and foundation money, said Steve Gifford, executive director of the Greensburg Community Development Corp., which is involved in the project.

An economic consulting firm has highlighted Stearns County as a community ideally positioned to attract modern investment and managed economic growth. On Tuesday, Pittsburgh-based Fourth Economy Consulting ranked Stearns County as the tenth large-sized community in the nation poised to achieve sustainable growth while attracting people and business. Stearns County was compared to communities of similarly sized population.

A Pittsburgh-based economic consulting firm on Friday ranked Chittenden County as tops among the nation's most promising medium-sized business communities. Among communities with populations between 150,000 and 499,999, Vermont's most developed region (with a population of approximately 159,000) is "poised to achieve sustainable economic growth while attracting people and investment," according to a news release from Fourth Economy Consulting.

A sellout crowd of about 800 business leaders learned some of the recipe Tuesday as keynote speaker Rich Overmoyer, president and CEO of Fourth Economy Consulting, presented them with some definite food for thought at the St. Joseph County Chamber of Commerce’s Salute to Business 2015 at the Century Center.

Improving the region’s energy infrastructure was the topic of the “Energy for the Power of 32” conference held Thursday at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. It brought together utility executives, policymakers, professors and environmentalists from the 32 counties surrounding Pittsburgh

During a daylong seminar at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center entitled “Energy for the Power of 32” that drew several hundred people, participants set about the task of determining what it would take to establish an energy policy for 32 counties in parts of four states, encompassing 4.2 million residents. Sponsored by 18 different organizations, including several colleges and universities, participants will attempt to create an energy strategy that would go into effect within the next decade. If successful, it will be one of the first regions in the country to have such a policy, something the federal government and Congress haven’t been able to accomplish.

A community and economic development consulting firm preparing a study for Lebanon Mayor Sherry Capello has released a survey to gauge public opinion about the city and its assets.

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FEC Index in the News

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).

“A year ago, our regional leadership came together to identify collaborations for growing our economy," Ron Kitchens, chief executive officer of regional economic development organization Southwest Michigan First said in a press release. "We already had a lot of good things in motion but it was our decision to work together towards a common goal that has been the key differentiator. We are proud to be recognized by the Fourth Economy Index and look to keep our momentum moving forward."

Lehigh County is going places says an economic consulting group. The county has been named one of the top 10 counties in the U.S. to attract future growth and investment.

An economic development consultant has ranked Lehigh County seventh among American large-sized counties poised for growth in 2013. Fourth Economy Consulting assembled the ranking, using criteria as investment, talent, sustainability, place and diversity. The Pittsburgh-based firm defines a large county as population between 150,000 and 499,999.

“We are honored to see Lehigh County recognized by Fourth Economy as one of the leading economic growth counties in the United States, said LVEDC President and CEO Don Cunningham. “It is always good to see national entities discover what we know is happening here in the Lehigh Valley. It confirms what we continually are seeing that businesses want to start here, grow here and come here, on both sides of the Lehigh Valley.”

Dec. 20--GUILFORD COUNTY -- A Pittsburgh-based consulting company has picked up on what's going on with the growth and expansion of businesses in Guilford County. Guilford and Durham counties rank among the nation's top 10 large-sized Fourth Economy communities, according to a new index created by Fourth Economy Consulting.

Chester County has been recognized as the fifth best county in the United States as a community “ideally positioned to attract modern investment and managed economic growth among all regions with a population greater than 500,000.”  The ranking was issued as part of the Fourth Economy Community (FEC) Index by national economic development consultants Fourth Economy Consulting.

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FEC Clients in the News

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.

A consortium of thought-leading organizations will present the “Energy for Power of 32” conference on December 11 from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. in downtown Pittsburgh. This event will unveil the first ever regional energy baseline for western Pa., northern W. Va., northern Md., and eastern Ohio, and will launch a regional energy strategy.

More than 300 people filled a ballroom at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Downtown Pittsburgh Thursday to devise the framework for a regional energy development plan.

General Electric will invest $32 million in an advanced manufacturing facility in Findlay that will help the manufacturer’s business units develop and implement 3-D printing, as well as other innovative technologies. GE said the Pittsburgh region’s universities and skilled workforce were a factor in its decision to locate the center here. So was the nearby location of America Makes, a government-industry sponsored additive manufacturing research center in Youngstown, Ohio.

A long list of energy firsts establishes our region as pretty much having invented the global energy industry. Yet despite our heritage and continuing energy developments, we never have taken a comprehensive look at the ways we source, use and, especially, waste energy.

As a child, Kevin Acklin, chief of staff for Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, would sometimes sneak in the side door of the Pittsburgh Playhouse in Oakland to catch a glimpse of performances. He recounted the first show he saw at the theater, “A Christmas Carol,” for a packed audience in the Lawrence Hall ballroom of Point Park University on Thursday morning. The group gathered as part of Point Park’s unveiling of designs and academic vision for the new Pittsburgh Playhouse in Downtown on Forbes Avenue between Smithfield and Wood streets. The facility will incorporate the University Center and Stock Exchange Building. Buildings at 320, 322 and 330 Forbes Ave. will be deconstructed to make space for the playhouse, with the facades being incorporated as a “significant part” of the two-story courtyard of the playhouse.

Until more rich coastal cities find ways match the income growth of their residents with more housing development, the best advice for young people seeking the American Dream isn't "go west, young man" or "go east, young woman." It's: "check out Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, and Salt Lake City."

Pittsburgh has been named one of the world's most resilient cities. The 100 Resilient Cities honor, handed out by the New York-based Rockefeller Foundation, recognizes cities worldwide "that are ready to respond to the social, economic and physical shocks and stresses that are a growing part of the 21st century." It was announced Wednesday at the Rockefeller Foundation's Urban Resilience Summit in Singapore.

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