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Urban Economic Development

Insights and strategies for leaders in urban economic development

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A new approach to urban economic development

ICIC delivers the knowledge and the know-how to achieve sustainable economic and job growth. ICIC's one-of-a-kind research and industry cluster analysis inform long-term strategies that make the most of local assets. ICIC has also developed a reputation for bringing city officials, business executives and community leaders together to effectively design private sector-led strategies that capitalize on a community's competitive advantage.



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ICIC can help your anchor institution create a shared value.

Hundreds of anchor institutions - universities, medical centers and cultural facilities - call inner cities home. Understanding that anchors play a critical role in urban areas, ICIC has a particular focus on these institutions.

Anchor institutions are often looked as to purchasers, workforce developers, and community infrastructure builders in their communities. ICIC has advised some of the country's leading anchors on how they can spark local economic development and create jobs.

  • ICIC uses research as a framing device to strip out the emotion and force companies and civic groups to see the actual opportunities in a city.

George Gendron,

Managing Director

The Build Network

  • We need to bring non-profits and for-profits together to drive results.

Professor Michael E. Porter,

Founder and Chairman


  • The real value of our alliance with ICIC will be in connecting our networks to spread best practices and help others be more effective.

Ron Walker II,

Managing Partner

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