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Call for Entries: Inner City 100 2017

Each year we recognize, celebrate and support fast-growing companies whose success illuminates the competitive advantages of being in the inner city. If you are or know a fast-growing inner city firm, then apply or nominate today!

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The Authority on Inner Cities

ICIC’s mission is to drive economic prosperity in America’s inner cities through private sector investment to create jobs, income and wealth for local residents.

Founded in 1994 by Harvard Business School Professor Michael Porter, the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City is a national nonprofit research and advisory organization and the leading authority on U.S. inner city economies and the businesses that thrive there.

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Work with ICIC

Inner cities are rich with opportunity. We help business, government and philanthropic leaders leverage local assets to transform communities. Our research and advisory team has helped to shape economic development strategies in more than twenty inner cities.

ICIC delivers the knowledge and the know-how to achieve sustainable economic and job growth.

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Support ICIC

Whether supporting one of our high-impact urban business programs or the entire organization, our partners know they are choosing to support an organization dedicated to transforming inner cities across the country. Our partners include Bank of America, Staples, various foundations and individual donors.

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What is an Inner City?

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They are distressed urban areas of concentrated poverty and unemployment. Take a peek at our rigorous definition of inner cities.

Inner city residents represent 10% of the population—that’s 32 million people. Nearly a quarter of the population living in poverty live in the inner city. Inner cities represent 16% of U.S. unemployment, 22% of U.S. poverty, and 32% of U.S. minority poverty.

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Events

May 19, 2017

Informational Webinar: Inner City Capital Connections – Tampa Bay

11:00 am - 12:00 pm EST
Join us to learn about the benefits of participating in the Inner City Capital Connections program, ask questions and get details about the 2017 schedule. ...

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Blog

04-27-17

Trump’s Proposed Budget Would be Devastating for Inner City Economic Development

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During his election campaign, President Donald Trump promised the American people he’d slash federal spending and roll back duplicative programs. So when his administration released its proposed 2018 budget last month, it came as no surprise that cuts had been made. But it was the extent of those cuts – and the programs affected by those cuts – that sent shockwaves through the nation. Read More

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