ICIC

Founded in 1994 by Harvard Business School Professor Michael Porter, the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City is a nonprofit research and strategy organization and the leading authority on U.S. inner city economies and the businesses that thrive there.

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    New report on Putting foreign capital to work through EB-5

    This report offers insights into the potential of the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program as a tool for impact investing in inner cities.

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    The Missing Link: Clusters, Small Business Growth and Vibrant Urban Economies

    This new report offers an analysis of small business development strategies in the nation's ten largest cities.

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    Affordable Care Act Opens Hospital Doors to Greater Community Investment

    National discourse surrounding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) tends to focus on benefits to individuals. But new legislation introduced with the ACA also has the potential to improve the overall health of communities.

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    ICCC: Investing in America's Future

    Over $1 billion in capital has been raised by participants of ICCC. Learn more about the program's impact and the entrepreneurs' success.

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    Reporting on What Works: Anchoring Food Systems in the Inner City

    In cities across the U.S., the local food movement has evolved from marginal to mainstream. Anchors including hospitals and universities have embraced the movement.

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    Industrial Jobs Offer Living Wages, Not Just Minimum Wages

    Industrial jobs on average pay 200% over U.S. minimum wage.

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    Inner City in Focus [INFOGRAPHIC]

    In America’s War on Poverty, inner cities remain the front line. Three out of ten people living in inner cities live in poverty.

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Inner City Exchange

Closing the Capital Gap in Philadelphia

Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) is about to reach a new market of urban entrepreneurs. The national program designed to help small businesses access capital and achieve sustainable growth is...

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Events

Creating Real Demand for Your Products and Services

In this recent CEO Series Webinar, Steve Polo, managing partner at design consultancy firm OPX, shared how entrepreneurs can create real demand for their products and services.

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