ICIC Research

ICIC’s research helps public, private, nonprofit, and community leaders understand and respond to the community and economic development challenges facing under-resourced communities—urban and suburban areas of concentrated poverty and low income. Our unique knowledge of these communities’ strengths and challenges is developed from path-breaking research, consulting and practice. Our research agenda has positioned ICIC as the leading and most trusted resource on under-resourced communities and their economies.

Since ICIC was founded in 1994, some of the challenges facing under-resourced communities have persisted, including high unemployment, low wages, underinvestment, and systemic racism. At the same time, increasing concentration of poverty, gentrification, suburbanization of poverty, growing income inequality and income segregation, and expanded immigration have changed the face of concentrated poverty, creating new challenges for community and economic development. These changes necessitate a mix of proven and new solutions that are tailored to the needs of individual communities.

Our Research Areas

Our Guiding Principles

  • We emphasize solutions that create and improve businesses and jobs and generate wealth.
  • We highlight the strengths as well as the challenges of under-resourced communities and show how the strengths can be used to address the challenges.
  • We believe that development in under-resourced communities should make the current residents of those communities better off economically and socially and reflect their priorities.
  • We work to identify and break down systemic and structural barriers facing residents and businesses to help close the racial wealth gap.
  • We develop analyses and solutions that are customized for individual communities and stakeholders.


ICIC drives inclusive economic prosperity in under-resourced communities through innovative research and programs to create jobs, income, and wealth for local residents.


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