Despite Rhetoric, Poverty Remains a Stronger Force Than Gentrification

Are economic improvements in inner cities largely a result of gentrification, with longtime residents being “pushed out” by wealthy newcomers? While this belief is common, several new studies show that low-income residents are no more likely to leave gentrifying neighborhoods than they are to leave other neighborhoods. ICIC’s Kim Zeuli and Liz Holden argue that instead of fighting gentrification, cities should adopt data-driven strategies to manage its impacts and ensure that all residents benefit from economic growth and urban revitalization. Read more.

On Economic Downturns and Autonomous Cars: Insights from a Detroit Business Journalist

As a senior reporter for Crain’s Detroit Business, Dustin Walsh has been a firsthand witness to the tumultuous changes Detroit’s economy has faced in recent years. Walsh, who will moderate a CEO panel at Paving a Path to Growth, a workshop hosted by Staples and ICIC on February 11 in Detroit, recently spoke with ICIC’s Eliza LaJoie about the future of Detroit’s economy and business community. Read more.

Introducing #CityCloseUp

In 2016, we’re excited to launch a new blog campaign, City Close Up. Each month we’ll focus on a different city and highlight our past work, showcase some of the businesses that are creating jobs and strengthening inner city economies, and share insights on the economic forces impacting their inner cities. Read more about the campaign and join the conversation on Twitter using #CityCloseUp.

What Works: Through Workforce Initiatives, Conexus Indiana Guides Cluster Development

Indiana’s Advanced Manufacturing and Logistics cluster has helped make the state’s economy strong, but a shortage of skilled workers threatened the industry. Conexus Indiana has leveraged regional and statewide workforce development initiatives to spur growth in the cluster, as discussed in January’s What Works Case Study and corresponding blog post.

Announcements & Careers

  • Our dynamic Boston-based team is growing! The Research & Advisory team is hiring at multiple levels: Senior Associate, Senior Analyst, Analyst and Intern. Learn more
  • Our next CEO Series Webinar will take place on February 24, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. EST. In Designing an Engaging Workspace to Increase Productivity, Sally Augustin, PhD, principal at Design With Science, will share her expertise on how office space and design can drive employee productivity. Learn more and register
  • On February 11 in Detroit, Staples and ICIC will present the Paving a Path to Growth workshop.The event will feature a discussion with top Inner City 100 companies moderated by Crain’s Detroit Business reporter Dustin Walsh. Follow us on Twitter during the event and on our blog after for key insights from our panelists. 
  • Through Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, entrepreneurs from all 50 states have the opportunity to step away from day-to-day operations and focus on growth. We are accepting aplications for our upcoming Fall 2016 Class at Babson College, and the application deadline is April 20. Visit the 10,000 Small Businesses website for more information at, or check ICIC’s website for information about upcoming informational webinars here.
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