Starting in 2000 with a research project comparing cities in various nations, ICF created a unique, data-driven approach to development that puts citizens first while tapping the enormous economic and social potential of technology. Economic growth today takes much more than decent infrastructure, available land and available workers. It requires digital infrastructure as a foundation and programs to upskill your people, drive business innovation, turn citizens and businesses into partners and quality of life into a competitive advantage. 

Today, ICF is a network of communities and partners in the business and nonprofit sectors that provides research, training, certification, membership and consulting services. In a century dominated by digital, our mission is to help communities build innovative, inclusive and prosperous economies and cultivate strong social connections and rich and meaningful cultures. We do it for communities large and small, in urban clusters and outlying suburbs and rural places. We believe that digital connectivity and technology create the opportunity for almost every community to develop economic, social and cultural vitality – giving them all a chance to be great places to live, work, learn, grow, raise a family and prepare a path for the next generation.