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Corporate Social Responsibility and Economic Development

Date: February 15, 2018

Time:  2:30 pm - 4:00 pm ET

Price:  $95 for IEDC members, $135 for Nonmembers

Registration Deadline: February 15 at 11:00 am ET

Instructions will be emailed on February 14

Last date to request a refund or cancel registration: Monday, February 5

Questions? Please contact webinar@iedconline.org


As part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives, many companies are pledging to locate stores in distressed urban neighborhoods and hire workers from those communities. Doing so reinforces their mission, increases satisfaction rates among shareholders and adds layers of value onto their overall brand. Others are fostering rural-oriented CSR strategies to promote development throughout rural regions. When a recognizable corporation chooses to locate in an underserved area, other businesses follow. Economic developers, therefore, have a significant role to play in attracting these companies and supporting their success. Tune into this webinar and hear how private firms are driving urban and rural development by creating business investments for a greater good. Walk away from this webinar knowing how your organization can partner with these companies to promote economic development activities in your area.

What you'll learn:

• Economic and social impacts of CSR on sustainable development
• Case studies of CSR for urban and rural development
• Best practices in developing a CSR strategy for economic development and practical lessons from the private sector




Marc DeCourcey
Senior Vice President
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
Washington, DC

Marc DeCourcey is senior vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and leads its Corporate Citizenship Center (CCC), serves as a leading resource for businesses dedicated to making a difference. The Center works with businesses to tackle the toughest issues affecting society in the areas of community improvement, disaster resilience, economic empowerment, education, environment, and health. Through interactive and informative events with industry leaders, original research, a digital and media network, and the resources and reach of the Foundation, CCC is a powerful corporate citizenship partner.

DeCourcey has 25 years of experience in public policy leadership, spanning the executive and congressional branches of the U.S. government as well as the nonprofit sector.

Previously, DeCourcey held several senior positions at the American Red Cross (ARC)—including chief of staff in the president and CEO’s office. There he implemented strategic initiatives, directed day-to-day operations, and represented the organization to major stakeholders across government, corporate, and nonprofit sectors.

He also served as vice president for strategic partnerships and was ARC’s senior director of federal government relations and partnerships, serving as the liaison to the White House, Cabinet departments, and other federal agencies. Earlier, DeCourcey was chief of staff in the Office of Legislation and Congressional Affairs at the U.S. Department of Education.

A native of Massachusetts, DeCourcey ran for state representative immediately after graduating from Providence College. After narrowly losing the race, he was hired to work in Gov. Bill Weld’s (R-MA) administration. He then managed successful congressional campaigns and worked on Capitol Hill for former Reps. Peter Blute (R-MA) and John Kasich (R-OH), now governor of Ohio. In addition, he served as executive director of the Massachusetts Republican Party.

DeCourcey has a long history of community service and has been active on numerous civic and philanthropic boards. He was appointed to be a U.S. National Commissioner for UNESCO and named to the U.S. Department of State’s Advisory Committee on the Strategic Dialogue with Civil Society. He has also served as a guest lecturer at the Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility at Johns Hopkins University. In 2013, he was named No. 50 in Ethisphere’s 100 Most Ethical People in Business. He and his wife have three children.


Instructions and Technology

Instructions and dial-in information will be sent up to three days in advance and a minimum of two times. If you do not receive an email from IEDC or GoToWebinar 24 hours prior to the start of the web seminar, it is your responsibility to email webinar@iedconline.org. No refunds or credits will be given for not receiving the dial-in information for the webinar.


• Using a telephone: A touch-tone telephone
• Using Desktop VoIP: A computer equipped with the following:
-- a supported sound card
-- speakers or headphones
-- a microphone (for speaking during the conference)


• Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0, Mozilla Firefox 1.5 for Windows/Mac/Linux, or Safari 2.0 for Macintosh
• Broadband Internet connection

Learn more about GoToWebinar please review the Attendee Quick Reference Guide(PDF)


Cancellation, Refund and No-Show Policy

• Refunds are available with cancellation until Monday, February 5. There are no refunds for cancellations received after Monday, February 5.

• All cancellations must be received in writing by email, fax or mail to Cherrika Gordon (e-mail: cgordon@iedconline.org / fax (202) 223-4745). Cancellations by phone are not accepted.

• All cancellations and requests for a refund after Monday, February 5 need to be submitted in writing to Cherrika Gordon and will be considered on a case by case basis. There is no guarantee of a refund or credit after Monday, February 5 and each will be given consideration under unforeseen circumstances.


Attend Web Seminars and Earn Recertification Credits from the Comfort of Your Office

We understand that CEcDs have a constant yearning to grow and improve their knowledge and expertise in economic development. Therefore, the IEDC web seminars have been approved as professional development programs for recertification. The web seminars provide a convenient and cost-effective online environment for economic developers to learn about cutting-edge research, techniques, and tools that are prevalent in the field.

CEcDs participating in a minimum of three (3) web seminars during a three-year recertification cycle can now earn recertification credits. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Marjorie Rose at mrose@iedconline.org.