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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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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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August 2, 2017

Executive Education Seminar: Inner City Capital Connections – Los Angeles

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Los Angeles, CA
A full-day seminar for participants of the Inner City Capital Connections program to learn from top-tier professors and experienced practitioners. Attendees must be accepted into the ...

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One woman’s quest to serve the Hispanic community by transforming its media model


Martha De La Torre, founder and CEO of El Clasificado, a Spanish-language weekly, is the kind of person who embodies ICIC’s enthusiasm for entrepreneurship. Recently named one of the Los Angeles Business Journal’s Women of Influence, her success has stemmed from dedication to her business model, her employees, and her community. Read More

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