For 25 years we have been working with small businesses in underserved communities to further their own successes as well as the inclusive prosperity of their communities. This is the first time in our organization’s history that we will be offering an all-encompassing National Conference, bringing together our dynamic network of current program participants, alumni, and collaborators.Register ABOUT
Our newest report provides a framework for arts and culture organizations to play a more direct role in expanding opportunity and creating more equitable outcomes in their communities beyond the provision of arts and culture.Read more.
Our mission at the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City 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.
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.
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, Chevron, Kaiser Permanente, various foundations and individual donors.
Learn how you can support ICIC’s work
They are distressed urban areas of concentrated poverty and unemployment.
Inner city residents represent 11% of the population—that’s 36 million people. About a quarter of the population living in poverty live in the inner city. Inner cities represent 17% of U.S. unemployment, 25% of U.S. poverty, and 36% of U.S. minority poverty.
In a new report, the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) shows how important small businesses are as job creators in 10 of America’s largest cities and their under-resourced inner cities. The report, updates and expands on ICIC’s 2016 report on the subject. Read More