About Me

“Steven Pedigo is one of today’s city and economic development stars. He keeps me steeped in the professional practice of urban development, helping to deepen my understanding of the practical implications.”
— Richard Florida, Author, The Rise of the Creative Class

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Steven Pedigo is an expert in economic and urban development, city strategy and management, and placemaking. Steven has advised and collaborated with more than 50 cities, universities, developers, nonprofits, and Fortune 500 companies across the globe to build more creative, innovative, and inclusive communities.

Steven’s city clients include New York, Jerusalem, Vancouver, Dallas, Washington, D.C., Brisbane, the Yukon, Tulsa, Austin, Portland, Newark, San Diego-Tijuana, Miami, Sao Paulo, Monterrey, Mexico City, and many others. His corporate clients include BMW, Converse, Starwood Hotels, Philips, Cirque du Soleil, Audi, Pinewood Studios, Zappos, EDENS, Kraft, among others.

Steven is a professor of practice at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and the founding executive director of the LBJ Urban Lab. He is also the director of research and advising for the Creative Class Group, in addition to being the vice president for strategy at Resonance Consultancy and a senior advisor for Bridge Economic Development.

Previously, he was clinical professor at New York University and the director of the NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate Urban LabEarlier in his career, Steven served as vice president for the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC), a national research organization founded by Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter to encourage private-sector investment into U.S. distressed urban areas. Prior to ICIC, Steven was the vice president for business attraction and research for Greater Portland, Inc. He began his career as the director of research for the Greater Washington Initiative and Board of Trade.

Steven holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and graduate degrees from the H. John Heinz III School for Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Steven lives in Austin, Texas with his husband Brian and their Boston Terrier, Oswald.

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Steven doesn’t just pay lip service to inclusive economic growth. He has spent his entire career working with cities to create equitable development plans that promote opportunity for all residents.

Kim ZeuliSenior Vice President and Director of Research, ICIC

Steven brought the right balance between local and global expertise to our economic development plan, helping to foster an inclusive and energetic process.

Mike BomarCEO, Columbia River Economic Development Corporation

“Critical thinker, outstanding researcher, brilliant writer, and consummate professional are what comes to mind when I think of Steven.”

Brian Schriner Dean, FIU | College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts

Steven Pedigo has a talent for intuitively assessing a community’s competitive advantages and creating actionable strategies.

Marjette UpshurDirector, Lynchburg Office of Economic Development & Tourism

Steven Pedigo is a data-driven thinker who turns strategies into action. And, he’s a blast to work with too.

Alisa PyszkaPrincipal, Leland Consulting Group