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About ICIC

 

Who We Are

The Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) is a national not-for-profit organization founded in 1994 by Harvard Business School Professor Michael E. Porter.

ICIC's mission is to promote economic prosperity in America's inner cities through private sector engagement that leads to job, income and wealth creation for local residents. ICIC brings together business and civic leaders to drive innovation and action, transform thinking, and accelerate inner city business growth.

ICIC’s team is led by President and CEO Mary Kay Leonard. ICIC’s nationally recognized Board of Directors includes CEOs, scholars, venture capitalists, and community leaders.

What We Do

ICIC was founded on the conviction that the only sustainable path out of economic distress is to leverage the existing assets in inner cities to enable them to participate in the market economy. Our mission is to promote economic prosperity in America's inner cities through business development and private sector engagement that leads to jobs, income and wealth creation for local residents. We bring together business and civic leaders to transform thinking, drive innovation and action, and accelerate inner city business growth and investment. Learn more about the impact of our work.

Working from a distinctive market-based approach, ICIC's path-breaking research and unique programs highlight the competitive advantages of inner cities, document the thousands of thriving companies that are already capitalizing on these advantages, and point the way to new economic development strategies. Learn more about ICIC's approach.

Support ICIC

ICIC is funded by program revenues, event revenues and grants from corporations, foundations and individuals. In addition, ICIC engages private-sector resources through a new concept of corporate philanthropy that draws on the core strengths of nationally recognized companies to identify market opportunities and leverage ICIC’s research.

Ways to engage with ICIC and support the organization include: National partnerships, sponsorship opportunities, event and program support, unrestricted giving, and pro-bono or in-kind donations. Contact the ICIC Development team to learn more.

Our Partners

Learn more about our Corporate and Foundation partners.