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Resilient Cities Require Resilient Food Systems

Our new research finds that natural disasters could create extended food supply disruptions in U.S. cities, especially in neighborhoods with limited food retail options and food insecure populations.

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Celebrating #BlackHistoryMonth

To celebrate Black History Month, we're sharing success stories of some of the African American entrepreneurs and business owners who have participated in our programs. Visit our gallery of stories to learn more about their inspiring journeys.

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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 30 million people. Nearly a quarter of the population living in poverty live in the inner city. Inner cities represent 15% of U.S. unemployment, 23% of U.S. poverty, and 34% of U.S. minority poverty.

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Inner City Capital Connections D.C. Kick Off

Washington, D.C.
Join other D.C. leaders in learning about the Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) program impact and how to nominate qualified businesses to participate.

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Three different models of inclusive entrepreneurship all have one thing in common


Women and minorities are significantly less likely to start businesses than their peers. This is a problem for inner cities, where minorities make up more than two-thirds of the population. In other words, our inner cities are exactly where entrepreneurship is needed most. A number of organizations have launched initiatives aimed at increasing the number of women and minorities in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Read More

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