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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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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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2016 Inner City 100

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Save the Date! The 2016 Inner City 100 Conference and Awards will be held on September 14, 2016, in Boston.

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Through Innovative Pilot, 5 Cities Use Utility Data to Engage Financially Insecure Residents


It has been estimated that nearly 75 percent of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck, with little to no emergency savings at all. Using data on missed utility payments, the National League of Cities is innovating better ways to address financial insecurity. Read More

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