Inner City Insights
June - July 2015
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Accelerating Cluster Growth: A Playbook for City Leaders
Although city leaders are increasingly being called on to take a cluster-based approach to local economic development, there are few resources to guide this development. Identifying best practices in six U.S. cities, ICIC and JPMorgan Chase have created a practical guide to fill this gap. The Executive Summary, distributed at this month’s U.S. Conference of Mayors in San Francisco, is available on our website. Read the Executive Summary.
A Call to Action for City Leaders: Create a Food System Resilient to Local Disruptions
If Boston were to be hit by a major storm, how would its food system fare? ICIC recently completed research on the resilience of Boston’s food system and found that, paradoxically, efforts to increase local food production can actually make the food system more vulnerable in the face of a severe disturbance. In a blog post that originally ran on the Meeting of the Minds’ CityMinded blog, ICIC’s Kim Zeuli and Austin Nijhuis discuss this research and its implications for Boston and for cities around the world. Read the post.
Back from the Dead, Pittsburgh Strives for Equitable Future Growth
Pittsburgh is often held up as a model for post-industrial cities’ economic recovery. At a recent CEOs for Cities Cluster Workshop in Pittsburgh, it became clear that the city is not only thriving economically, but also working hard to foster an equitable and sustainable system that will allow this economic growth to benefit citizens at all economic levels. Read the post.
Returning Former Mill Complexes to Engines of Economic Growth
In former industrial cities across the U.S., abandoned mill spaces present an opportunity for innovative economic growth. In one of Massachusetts’ poorest cities, Lawrence, entrepreneur Sal Lupoli has transformed one of the state’s largest mill complexes from a vacant space into an economic powerhouse. Read the case study and accompanying blog post.
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