On April 25, 2013, Living Cities hosted this webinar about how Inner City Advisors’ innovative growth model for business enterprises is creating economic and social value in our communities. The webinar discussed how ICA is forging a new path for economic growth, proving that racial, gender and economic inclusion foster stronger economies. With domestic unemployment and poverty on the rise, it’s evident that traditional strategies for building thriving communities and economies are no longer sufficient. New forms of financing, such as mission-driven venture capital, social impact investing, or innovative nonprofit enterprises, are increasingly part of the solution.
The presentation will generate discussion about the following questions:
- How can we ensure that good jobs are being created for those who need them the most?
- How is scaling local businesses a key, yet under-valued and under-invested, economic development strategy for local governments?
- How can capital be used creatively to foster the creation of good jobs?
- What are the opportunities and challenges to bring this model to scale across the country?