In America’s Birthplace, Is Innovation Benefitting the Inner City?

Philadelphia is increasingly being recognized as a supportive environment for entrepreneurs, and it is home to a burgeoning start-up community. At the same time, Philadelphia’s inner city neighborhoods – where over half of the city’s residents live – continue to struggle. In this month's City Close Up, ICIC’s Kathleen O’Shea highlights how organizations like ICIC are working with the city to ensure that inner city residents can benefit from this entrepreneurial growth.

Atlanta’s Opportunity Hub Fosters Inner City Entrepreneurship

Rodney Sampson founded Opportunity Hub to provide a co-working space and business education for startup companies. Today it has evolved into a full-service entrepreneurial hub. Read the recent What Works Case Study profiling Opportunity Hub and an accompanying blog post, highlighting how its #CodeStart program is training inner city youth for careers in technology.

Five Factors Driving Growth in Small Cities

Although larger cities often receive the most national attention, small cities across the U.S. are undertaking projects to attract and retain businesses and residents. A Michigan State University researcher recently looked at the factors driving economic growth in small cities, and identified five key attributes of those that have been successful. Read more.

Announcements & Careers

  • On July 12, ICIC CEO Steve Grossman will interview award-winning author Larry Tye at Congregation Kehillath Israel in Brookline, Mass., about his new book: Robert Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon.
  • What’s next for your business? At the 2016 Inner City 100, Accelerating Success: The Road from Here, honor the fastest growing urban businesses in the U.S. and set a path forward for your company. Hear from experienced business leaders and experts and meet executives from across the U.S. on September 14 in Boston. Early bird registration expires August 1! Learn more and register.
  • Amplify your success and steer toward exponential growth! ICIC’s Inner City Capital Connections is a national program with an 11-year track record of helping companies accelerate business growth and access capital. Their alumni have created over 11,000 jobs and secured more than $1.3 billion in capital. After participating in the program, alumni grow an average of 23% and experience a 56% increase in employment. In 2016, the program will be held in cities across the U.S. Learn more and apply or nominate an urban business.
  • Join our team: ICIC is hiring at multiple levels. These Boston-based positions provide an opportunity to join a dynamic and professional team working to address important issues related to inner city business growth and economic development. View our open positions.


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