Inner City Insights

January 2015


Creating an Anchored Local Economy in Newark

At ICIC, we’re particularly interested in how both a city’s anchor institutions and its small business entrepreneurs can lead revitalization efforts, and we’ve found that developing a local procurement strategy for a city’s anchor institutions is a great way to accomplish that. Our newest report, Creating an Anchored Local Economy in Newark, highlights findings from a comprehensive study of procurement in Newark, NJ, supported by the Prudential Foundation, that analyzed the size and nature of local procurement opportunities. Get the report and read the summary blog.


Mapping the Essential Players in Small Business Ecosystems

Our latest infographic in the Inner City in Focus series illustrates our conceptual framework of the six key organizations that are most vital to any small business ecosystem. It then highlights how some important connectors in Chicago, one of the United States’ most prominent tech cities, are driving small business growth. Read more and get the infographic.


How Cincinnati is Using a Co-op to Combat an Inner City Food Desert

In January’s installment of What Works, we discuss how the Cincinnati Union Cooperative Initiative (CUCI) brought the Mondragon worker-owned co-op model to the United States. One of the co-ops CUCI is currently launching is Apple Street Market, an inner city grocery store that will reintroduce healthy, affordable foods to an otherwise underserved community. Read the blog and the case study.


The Power of Neighborhood Innovation Districts to Revitalize Inner Cities

Boston recently announced an effort to launch Neighborhood Innovation Districts that will be embedded within urban neighborhoods such as Dudley Square. They are poised to spur sustainable economic development that focuses on growing jobs in production, innovation and traded sectors of the economy while also equipping residents with the skills they need to compete for those jobs. Read more.


ICIC on the Move

ICIC participated in a panel to discuss the findings of our new Creating an Anchored Local Economy in Newark report at the Newark Small Business Summit on January 14th. The Summit was presented by Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka and sponsored by Prudential.

ICIC President Matt Camp participated in a Leadership Roundtable as part of the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALFPA) Law Summit: The Path to Leadership on January 29th, where he offered his perspective on leading ICIC.

Kim Zeuli recently was featured in “Should Urban Universities Help Their Neighbors?,” an in-depth article in The Atlantic about the role of universities as anchors that focuses on the University of Chicago and its Woodlawn neighborhood. Read it here.

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