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Mission

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.

Working from a distinctive market-based approach, ICIC's path-breaking research highlights the competitive advantages of inner cities, documents the thousands of thriving companies that are already capitalizing on these advantages, and points the way to new economic development strategies.