Upcoming Events

04.19.15 – 04.22.15

2015 PEDA Spring Legislative Conference

Join Fourth Economy CEO Rich Overmoyer at the 2015 PEDA Spring Legislative Conference where he will be delivering the Keynote Presentation: Regaining Pennsylvania’s Economic Mojo on Tuesday, April 21. The entire conference agenda at a glance is available here.

Start: 04.19.15 8:30 am
End: 04.22.15 11:45 am
Venue: Hilton Harrisburg and Towers
Phone: 717-233-6000
1 North 2nd Street, Harrisburg, PA, 17101, United States

05.12.15 – 05.13.15

PCRG Community Development Summit

The Fifth Annual Summit, Physical Places and Social Spaces, is featuring 14 distinguished sessions that will explore elements that build the character of our neighborhoods through strategic placemaking efforts, the systemic change and tools that are needed to provide for equitable redevelopment, and cultural and civic identity as a driver for inclusive communities. The sessions have been categorized into four separate tracts:

  • Built Environment (BE)
  • Quality of Life (QL)
  • Capacity Building (CB)
  • Economic Development (ED)

Learn more & register

Making Business Personal (ED)

Freelancers and entrepreneurs have always been an integral part of a neighborhood economy in some way; nonetheless trends in micro-entrepreneurship, business incubation, and co-working spaces are hotter than ever. These strategies can provide access to jobs and business district enhancements, but for whom?

Is it possible for an incubator primarily serving college-educated tech developers to also benefit the struggling community in which it’s located?

A well-regarded panel will engage in a lively debate on the benefits and shortfalls of creating a full serving neighborhood economy. An overview of trends and models for supporting freelancers and entrepreneurs will be followed by a discussion of evocative questions such as: Who are these programs serving? How are neighborhoods benefiting? What can be done to make them part of a holistic strategy for community and economic development? And whose responsibility is it to ensure that they are truly all-encompassing?


  • Chelsea Burket, Fourth Economy Consulting
  • William Generett Jr., J.D., Urban Innovation21
  • Josh Lucas, The Hardware Store
  • Bobby Zappala, Thrill Mill
Start: 05.12.15
End: 05.13.15
Venue: Omni William Penn Hotel
530 William Penn Pl, Pittsburgh, PA, 15219, United States
Cost: 200

06.07.15 – 06.09.15

IEDC Economic Future Forum

Presentation Topic: Tapping into the Lucrative Water Industry

A key ingredient for life, water is also a key ingredient around which dynamic clusters are built. Various stakeholders involved in the water industry will review the state of the industry, evaluate growth areas and share experiences on what you can do to tap into this enduring industry. This session will examine successful water industries around the world, and the different directions, innovations, and technologies that have contributed to economic growth and development.

What you will learn: 

• Financial tools to help support your water industry development
• How to effectively engage all stakeholders and align goals and objectives for maximum economic growth
• Future trends and growth areas in the industry


• Dean Amhaus, President & CEO, The Water Council, Milwaukee, WI
• Jason Bernard, Director, Emerging Partnerships, Fourth Economy, Pittsburgh, PA
• Melinda Kruyer, Executive Director, Confluence, Water Technology Innovation Cluster, Cincinnati, OH

Start: 06.07.15
End: 06.09.15

09.27.15 – 09.30.15

UEDA Annual Summit

Higher Education as a Catalyst for Economic Development

As the pinnacle of economic development, universities provide the resources, talent, and innovation necessary to drive the modern creative economy. Alaska just isn’t the biggest state in the union, big things are happening to drive economic development in the midst of unspoiled natural beauty with the pioneering spirit of the last frontier.

For more information, visit the UEDA Annual Summit website

Start: 09.27.15
End: 09.30.15
Venue: Hilton Anchorage
Anchorage, AK, United States