New research: Resilient Cities Require Resilient Food Systems

In the face of climate change, city leaders across the U.S. are increasingly prioritizing resilience planning to better prepare for severe natural disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, and superstorms. Food systems, however, have been largely left out of the conversation. Our new research, supported by a grant from The Rockefeller Foundation, makes a strong case that city leaders should bring food systems to the forefront of urban resilience planning. We find that natural disasters could create extended food supply disruptions in U.S. cities, especially in neighborhoods with limited food retail options and food insecure populations.

Benchmarking Metrics for High-Tech Incubators & Accelerators

Despite the proliferation and growing support for incubators and accelerators, especially in the technology sector, data and research measuring their performance is surprisingly limited. As part of the JPMorgan Chase Small Business Forward initiative, ICIC is working to close this performance measurement gap and understand what effective high-tech business incubation looks like in the U.S. Learn more about our approach in a recent blog post.

Allentown’s special tax district too attractive for investors to ignore

In 2009, Pennsylvania State Senator Pat Browne passed a bill that created a special taxing district to incentivize new development to support the attraction and growth of businesses in Allentown, a once vivacious industrial city that sits just Northwest of Philadelphia. The area, designated a Neighborhood Improvement Zone (NIZ), has so far benefited from the tax incentive’s unique structure and attractiveness to the private sector. Read more.

For companies thriving in the manufacturing industry, “megafactories” are the exception

Strengthening the manufacturing industry has been widely covered in mainstream media, due largely in part to the 2016 presidential election. While these stories continue to dominate headlines, “megafactories are the exception today,” explains Scott Paul, president of the Alliance for American Manufacturing. Read more.

ICIC On the Move

  • Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) is creating sustainable business growth in a city near you! ICCC executive education begins with regional seminars, and in 2017 we're hitting Boston, Washington D.C., Memphis, Tampa, Chicago, Springfield, MA, Dallas, Milwaukee, Philadelphia and Los Angeles. Apply, nominate and learn more here!

  • Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Mentor Exchange: ICIC's CEO, Steve Grossman, served as a mentor in the Chamber's first-ever Mentor Exchange at Babson College's downtown Boston location on January 11. See photos of the event on the Chamber's Facebook page.

Announcements & Careers

  • Get your #smallbiz recognized: Each year we rank the country's 100 fastest-growing inner city businesses, a list published annually in Fortune Magazine. If you are or know a fast-growing inner city business, apply or nominate for the 2017 IC100 list today!
  • February CEO Webinar Series: Building a Positive Small Business Culture: Join us on February 21 from 3:30-4:30 as Gabe Abshire, CEO of Utility Concierge, discusses how to build a strong company culture with an "at your service" attitude. Click here to register.
  • 10,000 Small Businesses Informational Webinars: As the national outreach, recruitment, and selection partner for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, we're holding informational webinars for interested participants. Join us to learn and get your questions answered live by registering here
  • Join our team: ICIC is hiring at multiple levels, including a summer Research and Advisory Intern! These Boston-based positions provide an opportunity to join a dynamic and professional team working to address important inner city business and economic development issues. View our other open positions.
  • 4-star Charity Navigator rating: Initiative for A Competitive Inner City received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America's largest and most-utilized independent evaluator of charities! See our Charity Navigator profile here.


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