The Inclusive Economic Development Conference, co-sponsored by Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC), the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, and Economic Development Quarterly, was held virtually on May 6, 2022. Presentations by researchers and practitioners illuminated disparities amongst racial/ethnic, gender, and socioeconomic groups and how they vary across regions and place types, and offered solutions to encourage inclusion. Some conference sessions focused on the COVID-19 experience, including the Paycheck Protection Program for small businesses, while others were about inclusive economic development more generally.
Watch the full conference now and access the presentations using the links below:
Session 1: Framing the Conversation
Session 2: The Paycheck Protection Program and Its Implications for Inclusivity
Session 3: Prospects and Opportunities for Equitable Entrepreneurship
Session 4: Place-Based Approaches for Inclusion
Session 5: Has COVID Derailed Efforts on Equity?
In October 2017, ICIC hosted a national conversation at the Roxbury Innovation Center in Boston. Sponsored by JPMorgan Chase, the Boston Foundation, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and based on ICIC’s report Creating Inclusive High-Tech Incubators and Accelerators: Strategies to Increase Participation Rates of Women and Minority Entrepreneurs, the convening featured an exciting lineup of expert speakers and included 150 entrepreneurs and leaders from across the U.S. You can view the full program here and learn more by reading our recap blogpost.
On September 15 and 16, 2015, thought leaders, policy makers and business leaders convened in Detroit, an epicenter of economic development and revitalization innovation, for our 11th Inner City Economic Summit to discuss leading edge research and practice on inner city economic development. This Summit, Revisiting the Promise and Problems of Inner City Economic Development, included keynote addresses by ICIC’s founder, Harvard University Professor Michael E. Porter, and Rock Ventures’ President and CEO, Matthew Cullen.
Our partners for the 2015 Summit were:
The conference kicked off with a bus tour of some of the projects reshaping Detroit’s inner city followed by an evening reception celebrating the release of a special edition of Economic Development Quarterly that will revisit a set of articles published by EDQ in 1997 on a conversation with Michael Porter about his groundbreaking research on the competitive advantages of inner cities.
Summit Recap Materials
Keynote Speaker Matthew Cullen
Videorecording pt. 1 (via YouTube)
Videorecording pt. 2 (via YouTube)
Videorecording pt. 3 (via YouTube)
Videorecording pt. 4 (via YouTube)
Videorecording pt. 5 (via YouTube)
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