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Urban Economic Development

Insights and strategies for leaders in urban economic development

What Works for Cities: Practices in Action

Read case studies from our new Practices in Action database: the strategies that city, civic and business leaders are deploying to address some of the nation’s greatest economic and businesses development challenges in cities.

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Highlights and Recap: 2012 Inner City Economic Summit

Cities across the country create innovative models and collaborative partnerships that lay the groundwork for sustainable economic development. During the 2012 Inner City Economic Summit, city, civic and business leaders gathered to share practices that prove durable in a challenging fiscal climate; an engaging agenda extended on-the-ground efforts and identified adaptable solutions. Newly equipped with a What Works blueprint, leaders gained valueable insights to create accessible jobs and maximize investment in their cities.

Here you will find a recap of the Summit, along with program materials, slideshows, videos and blog entries from the event.

September 19-20, 2012
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Watch Videos of the Summit Presentations and Download Presentation PowerPoints

Download Summit Program Book

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Blog Entries

Over the course of the two-day Summit, ICIC staff and guest bloggers detailed what they heard during panels: interesting new data, creative ideas, innovative solutions, and opportunities for improving our urban economies.


Getting Creative with Eds and Meds by Alex Abboud
Equity and the Changing Demographics of America by Alex Abboud
Four Lessons on Building a Local Food Cluster by Alex Abboud
Putting the Work Back in Workforce by Sathya Vijayakumar
Building a Successful Inner City Workforce by Alex Abboud
Making Industry Work for Cities by Alex Abboud
Food for Jobs by Linda Li
How Cities Define and Quantify "What Works" by Cristina Garmendia
Using Economic Development Strategies to Inform Investment Decisions by Brian Hull
Can the U.S. and its Cities be Competitive Again? by Linda Li
What do Small Businesses Need to Learn to Scale and Grow? by Alex Rodriguez
Connecting Underserved Businesses to New Revenue Generating Opportunities by Sathya Vijayakumar

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2011 Summit Highlights

At the 2011 Summit, Urban 2.0: Next Generation of Jobs and Businesses, interactive panel sessions focused on repurposing industrial assets, cultivating emerging markets and engaging private sector resources.

View Summit recap materials.

  • A sustainable economic base can be created in the inner city through private, for-profit initiatives and investment based on economic self-interest and genuine competitive advantages.

Professor Michael E. Porter,

Founder and Chairman


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