Chicago Makes a Name for Itself at ICIC’s Inner City 100 Awards

The Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) and FORTUNE hold an awards ceremony each year to celebrate the list of America’s 100 fastest-growing inner city businesses. I was glad to be in Boston last Thursday night to accept the ICIC and FORTUNE Inner City 100 Award on behalf of Rise Interactive - the second year in a row Rise has been honored. I’m thrilled to say that Rise now ranks fourth on the overall list, an impressive leap from number 14 last year. What makes it even more exciting is that Rise came in first in our category, Media and Communications. I am so proud of our team and it is rewarding to know that the energy and attention we put into our business is being recognized on this scale.

Another thing that was very cool to see is how well our hometown of Chicago is represented on this list – there were 12 other Chicago companies represented, and you could feel the Windy City pride in the room. It brings a spotlight to the many impressive new businesses being created from within the city.

Here’s the complete list of Chicago companies:

Fruition Partners (#1)
Gourmet Gorilla (#3)
Rise Interactive (#4)
Gorilla Group (#8)
Rightpoint (#15)
Merge Design + Interactive (#22)
Coyote Logistics (#25)
Meatheads (#27)
Walker Sands Communications (#28)
All Terrain (#34)
Solstice Mobile (#56)
MSDSonline (#65)
Anthem Marketing Solutions (#66)

We also had the chance to hear a few speakers during the awards ceremony. ICIC’s Founder and Chairman, Michael E. Porter, shared insight on how the ICIC Inner City 100 list has grown over the past 16 years and I was really struck by the numbers - ICIC recognizes that inner cities account for more than 20.6 million residents, 8.8 million workers, and nearly 450,000 businesses. This helps to put our work into perspective; what an honor for Rise to be recognized as a leader that drives economic growth and job creation. I couldn’t be prouder of our exceptionally bright and dedicated team.

View a full list of Rise Interactive's awards here.

10/24/2014 at 01:20

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