City vitality depends not only on the success of industries but also on the ecosystem connecting its residents, workers, businesses and policymakers. Industry cluster growth drives broader economic growth; but clusters cannot grow without the right business environment, and individual businesses cannot grow without access to the right resources. Complementary efforts to support all three – clusters, business environments and individual firms – are necessary to ensure a vibrant and resilient city.
The Inner City Economic Summit convenes economic and community development professionals and representatives from public, private and nonprofit sectors to discuss these three drivers of economic growth. With an emphasis on fostering collaboration among city stakeholders, the Summit provides attendees with the practical knowledge, skills and network they need to bolster their city’s development efforts. The 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. - See more at: http://www.icic.org/urban-economic-development/icic-2013-inner-city-economic-summit-cleveland#sthash.QzzlhvvB.dpuf