About Steven

Steven Pedigo is an expert in economic and urban development, city strategy, anchor engagement, and placemaking.

With more than 15 years of experience, Steven has advised and collaborated with 50+ cities, universities, developers, nonprofits, and Fortune 500 companies across the globe to build more creative, innovative, and inclusive communities.

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From cities and anchor institutions to corporate clients, Steven brings a data-driven, results-focused, and collaborative approach to all of his engagements, leveraging his experience in strategy creation, implementation, and relationship development.

His city clients include New York, Jerusalem, Vancouver, Denver, 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.

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With an insight for what works for cities, Steven develops best practices and strategies that help to shape urban development, delivering market-based-solutions to build greater community prosperity and competitiveness.

He’s produced content that has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Dallas Morning News, Austin American Statesman, Houston Chronicle, CityLab,  NPR, SiriusXM, Inc., and many other outlets.

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Pedigo is a source for innovative solutions to urban policy challenges. He is an exceptional asset to the academy, LBJ School, and the broader policy community.

Angela M. EvansDean, LBJ School of Public Affairs

Steven’s insights on the dynamic relationship between cities and real estate markets are informing our understanding of urbanism and the needed direction for policymaking and placemaking.

Sam Chandan PhD FRICSAssociate Dean, NYUSPS Schack Institute of Real Estate

Steven is an effective marketer across all mediums with a passion for smart, practical urban economic development and the ideas on how to back that up. He also has a seemingly limitless capacity for getting the job done.

Mary Kay LeonardPast CEO, ICIC

As NYC Small Business Services Commissioner during the Bloomberg Administration, I learned a great deal from Steven about what makes a great city. He is a master at creating distinctive strategies and engaging a team to carry out the work.

Rob WalshFormer NYC Small Business Services Commissioner

Steven Pedigo is an engaging communicator with a gift for making complex ideas accessible.

Chris FairCEO, Resonance Consultancy

Steven is a clear communicator, strategist, and leader. His insights have helped regions grow smarter and made their economic development programs more effective.

Tim PriestFormer CEO and Executive Director, Greater Portland Inc. and Greater Washington Initiative

Regarding Steven, let me just summarize it in one expression: he is fantastic! He’s engaging, flexible, and one of my favorites!

Michael NovakCEO, CEDIM and Novak Innovation