Category Archives: Industrial Cities Initiative

Federal Agencies Align to Support Regional Growth

In March of this year, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released its Territorial Review of the Chicago Tri-State Metro Region.[1] The first time a U.S. region has been reviewed by the OECD, the findings gave perspective to … Continue reading

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Industrial Tour of Northwest Indiana

Chicago Fed President Charles Evans recently delivered the keynote address at the Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce 8th Annual Business Expo and Luncheon in Hammond, Indiana.  The audience included more than 300 local chamber members, mayors of several Northwest Indiana cities, … Continue reading

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Racine Profile

Why was Racine Chosen for the ICI Study Like all the other cities in the ICI study, Racine was a manufacturing hub in the 1960s. The city has long been a major manufacturing hub for fanning mills (machines that separate … Continue reading

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Fort Wayne Profile

Background on Fort Wayne Fort Wayne, Indiana, is the county seat of Allen County. Located less than 20 miles west of Ohio border and 50 miles south of the Michigan border, Fort Wayne is the second largest city in Indiana … Continue reading

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Connecting Communities TM — Smaller Cities that Think Big: Lessons from Resurgent and Transforming Cities

At the Industrial Cities Initiative (ICI) Symposium in Chicago on February 28, 2012, participants expressed an interest in more comparative analysis of similar cities on a broader geographic basis. An upcoming audio conference titled, “Smaller Cities that Think Big: Lessons … Continue reading

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Grand Rapids Profile

Background Grand Rapids, the county seat of Kent County, is located in western Michigan. Grand Rapids is the center of a metropolitan statistical area that includes Kent, Ottawa, Muskegon, and Allegan counties. History Grand Rapids was incorporated in 1850 [1] … Continue reading

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Industrial Cities Initiative Symposium Presentations are Posted

The Industrial Cities Initiative Symposium was held at the Chicago Fed on Tuesday, February 28, 2012. The Community and Development and Policy Studies (CDPS) department has had many requests for the related white paper, data, and presentations and all three … Continue reading

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Waterloo Profile

Waterloo, Iowa, has approximately 68,000 residents (2010 estimate), and is the county seat of Black Hawk County. Waterloo is the largest city by population, in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls metropolitan statistical area (MSA), located between three large economic centers—180 miles from … Continue reading

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Industrial Cities Initiative Symposium Summary

The Community Development and Policy Studies division of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago hosted the Industrial Cities Initiative (ICI) Symposium on February 28, 2012. More than 50 economists, community and economic development professionals, city representatives, and analysts from business, … Continue reading

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Pontiac Profile

Background The city of Pontiac is the county seat of Oakland County, Michigan. Oakland County promotes itself as the tenth wealthiest U.S. county with a population of one million or more. Oakland County comprises 62 cities, villages and townships. These … Continue reading

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