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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

In preparation for submitting an application for a grant from the State of Indiana’s Regional Cities Initiative, the Regional Cities of Northern Indiana group has been working collectively to identify a short list of bold economic development projects that will help transform the economy of the entire four-county region. As part of this process, the public is now being encouraged to submit project applications that can also be considered for inclusion between now and May 1st.

Making the case that Providence needs to become “more intentional about the type of city we want to see,” Council President Luis Aponte on Thursday announced the beginning of a months-long economic analysis designed to identify the city’s strengths and plan for the future.

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.

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FEC Index in the News

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).

“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.

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FEC Clients in the News

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.

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.

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