Resources for Industrial Cities Initiative

Profiles

This page includes the profiles summaries and links to full profiles and additional sections.

Full Report

The full ICI report, including the Summary of Findings, ten profiles and all appendices available for download. Read more...

Summary of Findings

Data and anecdotes yield key themes based on the varied histories and experiences of the ten ICI cities. This Summary of Findings presents those themes, expands on the motivation for the Initiative and presents some conclusions and next steps. Read more...

Aurora IL Profile

Aurora, Illinois, is the state’s second largest city and is located approximately 40 miles west of Chicago in an area known as the Fox Valley. The city is surrounded by expressways, and served by commuter rail, O’Hare International Airport and Midway International Airport. Read more...

Cedar Rapids, IA Profile

Cedar Rapids is located in eastern Iowa with a population over 126,000 in 2010, making it the second largest city in the state after Des Moines. The city is bisected by the Cedar River. Cedar Rapids is the seat of Linn County, which had a population of 211,226 in 2010. Read more...

Fort Wayne, IN Profile

At the confluence of the St. Mary’s, the Maumee, and the St. Joseph rivers, construction of the Wabash and Erie Canal was the first of several waves of economic development that, over the years, has helped Fort Wayne grow into the second largest city in Indiana. Read more...

Gary, IN Profile

Gary is a city in Northwest Indiana, situated on the southern shores of Lake Michigan. Gary is located approximately 24 miles southeast from downtown Chicago. A commuter rail line links the downtowns of the two cities. Read more...

Grand Rapids, MI Profile

Grand Rapids is the second largest city in Michigan with a population of 188,040. It is the county seat of Kent County, and the hub of an eight-county region of approximately 1.5 million people in Western Michigan. Read more...

Green Bay, WI Profile

Green Bay is the oldest settlement in Wisconsin. Situated in Brown County in Northeast Wisconsin, some see Green Bay as the northern-most point of the Gary-Chicago-Kenosha-Racine-Milwaukee-Green Bay manufacturing corridor on the western shore of Lake Michigan. Read more...

Joliet, IL Profile

Joliet, Illinois is located approximately 35 miles southwest of the city of Chicago. Joliet is the county seat of Will County, Illinois. It remains an industrial city, where 15 percent of employment involves either the creation or movement of goods. Read more...

Pontiac, MI Profile

The story of Pontiac’s transition to a post-industrial economy is illustrative of a number of other cities in Michigan. As the auto industry evolved, Pontiac lost both jobs and companies (both assembly plants and suppliers). Read more...

Racine, WI Profile

Racine, the county seat of Racine County, is located in Eastern Wisconsin on Lake Michigan. It is 60 miles north of Chicago, and 23 miles south of Milwaukee and is part of a regional market that extends from Gary, Indiana, through Chicago to Milwaukee. Read more...

Waterloo, IA Profile

Waterloo is located in the eastern third of Iowa on the Cedar River. Waterloo is the county seat of Black Hawk County and is part of the Waterloo- Cedar Falls, Iowa, Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), which consists of Black Hawk, Bremer and Grundy Counties. Read more...

Appendix A

Appendix A: Overview of key data sources and compilation methods. Read more...

Appendix B

Appendix B: Fact sheets. Read more...

Appendix C

Appendix C: Glossary. Read more...

Appendix D

Appendix D: Interviewee list. Read more...