Emily Brown is an economic development professional with over 10 years of experience. She started her career as an Americorps VISTA working at a Main Street program and helping to develop downtowns. She has since held positions working with student entrepreneurs in Georgia, assisting with student housing projects in West Virginia, and as the Director of Applied Research at the International Economic Development Council in Washington D.C. Currently, she is working with Fourth Economy as an Economic Development Strategist, helping communities to create implementable strategic plans. In her work, and her frequent blog and Linked-In posts, Emily offers a perspective that is data-driven and practical while utilizing innovative ideas and best practices. Additionally, Emily has been involved with many innovative projects, including the Kickstarted Cards Against Urbanity, a cheeky card game to provide education about urban planning, and held the former title of Monthly Columnist in Smart Cities at the blog for D.C.-based incubator 1776. She was a 2015 recipient of DCI’s 40 Under 40 awards, and she is a board member of the Incremental Development Alliance. She lives in Pittsburgh, where she enjoys bocce, browsing Zillow, and exploring cities.