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Jerry R. Paytas


Adjunct Faculty

Jerry Paytas has been teaching as an adjunct faculty member of Heinz College since 2002, and served as the Director of the College’s Center for Economic Development through 2006.

Jerry Paytas has been teaching as an adjunct faculty member of the Heinz College since 2002, and served as the Director of the College’s Center for Economic Development through 2006. He has also held positions in private planning and consulting firms, and the Ben Franklin Technology Center of Western Pennsylvania (BFTC/WP).

Jerry is currently Vice President of Research and Analytics at Fourth Economy consulting. At Fourth Economy, Jerry creates new techniques for assessing and leveraging market opportunities for both for profit and non-profit organizations. He is the past chairman of Sustainable Pittsburgh, Past President of the Economic Club of Pittsburgh, serves on the Research Advisory Committee of the U.S. Green Building Council, and serves on the University of Pittsburgh Human Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee.

Jerry has conducted research on the relationship between governance and competitiveness, the economic impact of development strategies and the creation of technology cluster strategies. Jerry was the principal investigator in the EDA’s 2004 study, Universities and the Development of Industry Clusters.  He developed the new standard definition of technology industries for use with the new NAICS coding system for the State Science and Technology Institute. Jerry was a contributor to Sunbelt/Frostbelt: Public Policies and Market Forces in Metropolitan Development, a 2005 Brookings Institution publication. Most of his publications are available from the Center for Economic Development.

He received a B.A. in Sciences and International Affairs from Johns Hopkins University, a M.A. in Urban and Regional Planning, and a Ph.D. in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh.

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