Inner City Insights

May 2015


Resilient Food Systems, Resilient Cities

In the wake of a major natural disaster, will all of Boston’s residents have access to safe and healthy food? Recent storms such as Hurricane Sandy and the blizzards of 2015 have magnified the seriousness of this concern. In 2014, the City of Boston’s Office of Food Initiatives commissioned ICIC to research how Boston’s food system could withstand a major natural disaster, and Mayor Marty Walsh announced our findings this week.  

Our research found that food availability and access could be severely compromised in the case of a natural disaster, and we recommend concrete steps that can help ensure that Boston’s food system is resilient enough to withstand a severe disruption. Learn more and read the report.

How to Help Hospitals Become the Next Force for Inner City Change

As Baltimore has recently been shaken by protests and violence, one potential asset has been largely ignored: its hospitals. Baltimore has 12 hospitals, eight of which are located in inner city neighborhoods – more than in any other U.S. city. In a recent blog post, ICIC’s Kim Zeuli and Liz Holden highlighted ICIC research on the ways a few leading hospitals have redefined their community impact by investing in their communities, and what economic development professionals can do to encourage these types of investments.

How Airlines' Decisions Can Boost - Or Hinder - Economic Growth

In the past eight years, Boston’s Logan Airport has added 17 nonstop flights to major international destinations. This global connectivity provides major economic benefits, and nationally, several mid-sized cities are lobbying airlines to increase their local service. A recent ICIC blog post highlighted some of the political and business-led efforts to spur economic growth by expanding airline service.

ICIC on the Move

  •      On May 5, several members of ICIC’s team attended the Tufts Small Business Accelerator Forum. The event, organized by Tufts Health Plan in partnership with the Whittier Street Health Center and Greater New England Minority Supplier Council, provided an educational forum for local business leaders.

  •      On May 15, ICIC CEO Steve Grossman was a keynote speaker at the Sustainable Business Network’s Sustainable Leadership Summit, held at Lesley College in Cambridge, Mass.

  •      On May 19, ICIC’s Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses team traveled to Philadelphia for a national training convening of all national and local partners across the 10,000 Small Businesses program. ICIC led two training sessions around outreach and recruitment best practices and tools.

Announcements & Events

  •      Our 2015 Inner City Economic Summit will be held September 15 and 16 in Detroit, Michigan. “Revisiting the Promise and Problems of Inner City Economic Development” will feature a keynote address by Harvard Business School Professor Michael Porter and will celebrate the release of a special edition of Economic Development Quarterly revisiting Michael Porter’s original research on the competitive advantage of inner cities. Registration will open soon. For more information visit ICIC’s website.

  •      Inner City Capital Connections, a free program designed to drive the growth of inner city businesses, is now accepting applications for its Birmingham, Boston and Dallas programs. Inner City Capital Connections shows CEOs how to tap into sources of capital, educates them on their financial options and provides a forum to connect to investors. To learn more and apply or nominate a company, visit our nomination page or register for our informational webinar on June 16.

  •     Our next CEO Series Webinar, “Leading the Life You Want: Skills for Integrating Work and Life,” will be hosted by Wharton School Practice Professor Stew Friedman on June 17. Register.

  •      ICIC is hiring an Urban Business Initiatives Analyst. To learn more and apply visit our Careers page.

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