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Urban Economic Development

Insights and strategies for leaders in urban economic development

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2013 Inner City Economic Summit: Transforming Urban Ecologies
October 23-24, 2013
Global Center for Health Innovation
Cleveland, Ohio


The 2013 Inner City Economic Summit: Transforming Urban Ecologies was presented by ICIC in partnership with the Cleveland Foundation and the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.  Nearly 250 economic and community development professionals and representatives from public, private and nonprofit sectors convened to discuss three key drivers of economic growth. With an emphasis on fostering collaboration among city stakeholders, the Summit provided attendees with the practical knowledge, skills and network they need to bolster their city’s development efforts. The Summit is the culmination of ICIC’s yearlong What Works for Cities campaign, which engages city stakeholders to address some of the nation’s greatest urban economic and business development challenges.

Speaker Bios
Program Book
3 Drivers of Economic Growth Infographic



Cleveland Euclid Corridor Transportation Project
Featuring: Joseph A. Calabrese, CEO & General Manager, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority; Tracey Nichols, Director of Economic Development, City of Cleveland

Sparking an Urban Evolution
Judging Panel: Lee Fisher, President and CEO, CEOs for Cities; Wendy Sattin, Director of Neighborhood Economic Development, Neighborhood Progress; Byron White, Vice President for University Engagement, Cleveland State University
Moderator: Dan Moulthrop, CEO, The City Club of Cleveland

Urban Innovation Challenge Blog Summary
Urban Innovation Challenge Submissions:

Keynote Address
Don Katz, Founder & CEO, Audible.com

Remarks and Recognition of The Next Urban Innovation
Featuring: Sandra Pianalto, President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland; Paul Kaboth, Vice President and Community Development Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

Welcoming Remarks
Featuring: Mayor Frank G. Jackson, City of Cleveland; Ronn Richard, President and CEO, The Cleveland Foundation

Strategies for Growing Your Industry Cluster
Introduction: Travis McCready, Vice President for Program, The Boston Foundation
Featuring: Dr. Steven J. Bares, President and Executive Director, Memphis Bioworks Foundation; Heidi Gartland, Vice President of Government Relations, University Hospitals; Mim Runey, Providence Campus President and Chief Operating Officer, Johnson and Wales University; Erin Waters, Publisher, GOVERNING Magazine

Keynote Address: Key Drivers of Inner City Growth
Introduction: Kim Zeuli, Senior Vice President, Research and Advisory Services, ICIC
Featuring: Harvard Business School Professor Michael E. Porter, ICIC Founder and Chairman

Building a Healthy Business Ecosystem
Featuring: Zamawa Arenas, Principal, ARGUS; Miquela Craytor, Vice President, New York City Center for Economic Transformation; Ben Hecht, President and CEO, Living Cities; Ted Howard, Founder & CEO, The Democracy Collaborative; Natoya Walker Minor, Chief of Public Affairs, City of Cleveland

Empowering Businesses to Grow
Introduction: Evelyn Burnett, Vice President of Economic Opportunity, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress
Featuring: Samra Haider Director, NYC Business Solutions; Katie Olson, Strategy Manager, Plan for Economic Growth & Jobs, World Business Chicago; Dana Pancrazi, Director, Capital Management, Heron Foundation; Cristina Shapiro, Vice President, Urban Investment Group, Goldman Sachs; Casey Steinbacher, President and CEO, Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce; Pat Whalen, Chief Operating Officer, Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus

Putting the Pieces Together
Introduction: Tim Ferguson, Founder, Chair and Managing Partner, Next Street
Featuring: Sandy Baruah, President and CEO, Detroit Regional Chamber; Dan Carmody, President, Detroit Eastern Market; Benjamin Kennedy, Senior Program Officer, Community Development, Kresge Foundation; Pam Lewis, Senior Consultant, New Economy Initiative; Olga Savic-Stella, Vice President of Business Development, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation

Presenting Sponsors

2012 Summit Highlights

Access program materials, videos, and powerpoint presentations from the 2012 Summit, Jobs. Equity. Investment: What Works for Cities. 

View Summit recap materials.

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