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National Nonprofit Partners with the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and the Cleveland Foundation to Host Economic Summit

ICIC’s annual Inner City Economic Summit comes to Cleveland October 23-24, 2013

James Crosby | 8/21/2013, 10:35 a.m.
ICIC’s annual Inner City Economic Summit comes to Cleveland October 23-24, 2013

Cleveland, OH - ICIC, a national nonprofit research and strategy organization and the leading authority on U.S. inner city economies, has selectedCleveland as the 2013 location for its annual Inner City Economic Summit. The national convening of economic development, civic, business and community thought leaders features cutting-edge research and expert-led discussions on what works to create jobs and economic opportunity inAmerica’s inner cities.

The 2013 Inner City Economic Summit will be held at the Global Center for Health Innovation on October 23rd-24th, in partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and the Cleveland Foundation. The two-day Summit, entitled Transforming Urban Ecologies, will feature presentations from some of the nation’s leading experts in urban economic development, including Harvard Business School Professor Michael E. Porter; Ted Howard, Founder and Executive Director, the Democracy Collaborative; Mim Runey, COO, Johnson & Whales University; Ben Hecht, President and CEO, Living Cities; and Don Katz, Founder and CEO, Audible.com.

Interactive panel sessions will provide attendees with inclusive solutions for growing urban economies. Summit attendees will gain actionable insights on what’s working to develop new industries and grow existing industries; advice from private-sector leaders on how to build supportive business environments; and lessons on how to support small businesses through cross-sector partnerships.

“The Cleveland Foundation is proud to have a leadership role in this year’s Inner City Economic Summit because we believe the health of our inner city is imperative to the region's future success," said Robert E. Eckardt, executive vice president of the Cleveland Foundation. “We are pleased to join the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland in welcoming thought leaders andpractitioners from around the country who share our commitment to cities and investing in their potential.”

“We are pleased to partner with ICIC and the Cleveland Foundation to bring thisimportant convening to Cleveland and hear what strategies other cities have been implementing to transition their economies,” said Paul Kaboth, vice president and community affairs officer at the Federal Reserve Bank ofCleveland. “There is so much knowledge that cities can share with each other, and this Summit will help facilitate that knowledge exchange.”

The Inner City Economic Summit is the culmination of ICIC’s yearlong What Works for Cities campaign, which engages city stakeholders to address some of the nation’s greatest urban economic and business development challenges. Summit registration and agenda information is available atwhatworksforcities.com.