Since the COVID-19 pandemic began in 2020, Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) has examined the pandemic’s impact on under-resourced communities and small businesses.

How the Coronavirus Recession and Recovery Have Affected Businesses and Jobs in the 100 Largest Metropolitan Areas (Report Series, 2021-2022). On a quarterly basis, ICIC presents the most detailed and comprehensive information about what has happened to businesses and jobs in each of the nation’s 100 largest metropolitan areas during the coronavirus recession and recovery.

How Resilient Were Small Businesses during the First Year of the Coronavirus Pandemic? (Blogpost, 2021). This blogpost shows what happened during the pandemic’s first year to businesses that were operating when the pandemic started.

Not the Great Equalizer: Which Neighborhoods Are Most Economically Vulnerable to the Coronavirus Crisis? (Report, 2020) This report and its accompanying interactive map show the vulnerability of every U.S. neighborhood to the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis.

Making the CARES Act Care for Under-Resourced Communities (Policy Brief, 2020). In this policy brief, ICIC’s Senior Vice President and Research Director Howard Wial outlines how the CARES Act will affect those in under-resourced communities.

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