What's New at ICIC

Small Businesses, Big Job Creation

Small businesses are the backbone of urban economies. Our new report measures small business job creation in five cities, and outlines a playbook for city leaders to maximize this impact.

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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.

Learn how you can support ICIC’s work

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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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Catalyzing Inclusivity in Incubators and Accelerators

Boston, MA
Register today! Join this exciting national conversation about women and minority participation in incubators and accelerators.

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Chicago institutions launch new program with potential to tackle major hurdles of impact investing


In April the MacArthur Foundation, Chicago Community Trust (CCT), and the Calvert Foundation announced Benefit Chicago, an innovative collaboration that aims to mobilize $100 million in impact investments for nonprofits and social enterprises in Chicago. Read More

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