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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    2015 Inner City Economic Summit

    "Revisiting the Promise and Problems of Inner City Economic Development" will take place September 15-16 in Detroit.

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    10th Anniversary: Helping Businesses Achieve Sustainable Growth

    ICIC is now accepting nominations and applications for the 2015 Inner City Capital Connections program.

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    A Grocery Store in Every Neighborhood: Boston's Quest to Eliminate Food Deserts

    The newest infographic in our Inner City in Focus series shows food availability and affordability disparities in Boston neighborhoods.

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    Newark's Data-Driven Approach to Leveraging its Anchor Assets

    This new report offers recommendations for implementing a comprehensive local procurement strategy in Newark.

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Inner City Exchange

Bicycling Down the Path to Economic Opportunity

In Philadelphia, women are finding support, and employment opportunities, through a bicycling-based nonprofit....

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CEO Series Webinar: Leading the Life You Want: Skills for Integrating Work and Life

Stew Friedman, Practice Professor of Management at Wharton, will discuss the notion of “work/life balance” and how to harmoniously integrate work, home, community and the private self.


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