|The Consultants Forum – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
|It was extremely worthwhile to hear directly from industry experts about the critical issues, strategies and practices needed for a successful economic development strategy. The sessions were very informative, and equally valuable were the networking opportunities that allowed us to connect with the site selectors themselves.|
Lehigh Valley EDC, PA
I always walk away with information I can use back home. Always first rate sessions.
Ames EDC, IA
Another strong Forum program.
Entergy New Orleans
Good range of pertinent topics overall.
Southern Oregon Regional Econ. Dev. Inc.
The level of expertise and knowledge of the presenters are excellent. The topics covered key issues facing economic developers today with insight and thought provoking discussions about future trends.
Kudos on another great Forum!
Tampa Hillsborough EDC, FL
Great topics and networking. All sessions were relevant.
Prince William County Econ. Dev., VA
As always the AD team put together a program that energizes the group and makes us think.
Lake County IN Economic Alliance, IN
I am glad I accepted your invitation to speak. I found the Forum to be excellent with the topics and speakers interesting and current. Your staff did a great job in organizing, planning, and managing the event with military precision. I have attended many seminars over the years and none are more organized.
Savills Studley PA
|FDI Forum - Atlanta, Georgia
|On behalf of our entire “Team Georgia”, I wanted to thank you for bringing the FDI Consultants Forum to our State. I want to also take this opportunity to compliment you on a truly great conference. We really enjoyed meeting the speakers and the content was again excellent. We look forward to the next one!
Georgia Dept of Economic Development
Top notch and professional.
This was my first Forum. I found the content and program extremely informative and staff fantastic.
Connecticut Department of Community Development
The panels were very good and valuable to hear about the different point of views. Great set of speakers at this conference!!
Metro Atlanta Chamber
Enjoyed the conference – worthwhile
Niagara Region Economic Development
Strong conference . . . good information . . . very professional, credentialed array of speakers.
|The Public Power Consultants Forum - Nashville, Tennessee
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I thought all the speakers were high quality. I felt I would miss important points if I left the room even to make a phone call. From past experience, I know Area Development will deliver an excellent program.
NMIDA , MS
I would attend and encourage others from the industry and our community to attend again also.
Greenville Utilities, NC
This was the second Consultant’s Forum I have attended. Both provided great value and I look forward to attending again. While my overall content value review was “met expectations” it is actually a high compliment as Area Development sets the bar high and it meets the mark.
New Bremen CIC ,OH
This was the best economic development conference that I have ever attended in my 31 years of experience. Excellent all the way around. Exceeded expectations. I was totally surprised by how good it was. I plan to attend others in the future. The whole conference was fantastic.
Illinois Municipal Electric Agency
The speakers provided unvarnished views on the site selecting process.
City of Anderson, IN
Excellent agenda. Speakers did a great job of incorporating utility sector into their presentations.
Jackson Energy Authority, TN
SRP (Salt River Project) Az
Excellent. Exceeded expectations. Would attend again.
McMinnville Electric System, TN
Every Speaker was well prepared and told me things I wanted, and needed to know. They were all impressive. Very well organized, great group of presenters. I will be able to adapt what they said to my situation. There was no session I felt like I could skip. I was not sure what to expect, since this was my first such event, but I knew two quality organizations like APPA and Area Development would come up with a first class event. The networking opportunities were great and there were plenty of chances to talk individually with the consultants, which was very valuable.
Kennett, MO Board of Public Works
Excellent organization. Consultant information very valuable.
Grand River Dam Authority, OK
I learned something from all of the speakers and presentations.
City of Rock Hill Utilities, SC
Exceeded expectations. Enjoyed the variety of site consultant’s “specialties”. Recommend that future forums keep the diversity!
Knoxville Utilities Board, TN
Excellent. Would attend again.
McPherson Industrial Development Co., KS
As a new economic developer, the consultants’ candid comments were invaluable. I also appreciated the way the program adhered to the time schedule. Also, the venue was enjoyable. Thanks for all your hard work in putting this together! The insights from the site selectors were invaluable, and the networking opportunities allowed me to connect with and learn from colleagues across the country.
I look forward to attending other Area Development forums in the future.
Denton Municipal Electric/City of Denton, TX
All speakers were excellent, and the information and open discussion stood out as exceptional.
San Antonio Econ. Dev. Foundation, TX
Great opportunity for one on one networking with consultants. Valuable breakout sessions, receptions, and the availability of the consultants during the event.
Jackson Energy Authority, TN
All did a great job of making the ED-Consultant relationship applicable to the power company perspective.
Tennessee Valley Authority
I went into the forum expecting to get information of value and I did.
Tacoma Water, WA
Indiana Municipal Power Authority (IMPA)
The forum was great. Glad to have been able to participated and look forward to the next.
City of Lawrenceburg, IN
I really enjoyed the conference and it was valuable use of my time. Many good ideas and strategic points for being successful in my position as a utility manager. I appreciated the program’s diligence in time management and staying on schedule.
Morristown Utility Systems
I want you to know the event was tremendous. Your speakers were the best continuous group of presentations I have heard at any conference in a very long time if not ever and were right on for the audience in attendance.
Thanks for making it another first class event that was worth the cost of attendance.
North Mississippi Industrial Development Association
I really enjoyed the forum this week and will definitely plan on attending other Area Development events in the future. Please make sure I'm added to your distribution list so I can keep up with “all things AD”.
Clarksville-Johnson County Regional Chamber of Commerce. AR
|Consultants Forum 18 - Fort Lauderdale, Florida
| The Forum was one of the best events I have attended in many years. Your staff did a great job and the professional approach and attention to detail even on the smallest matter was refreshing.
Green Reliance Assoc. LLC, PA
Thank you for an awesome Consultants Forum in Fort Lauderdale! It was great!
American Electric Power
Liked the best practices subjects and variety of speakers.
Valdosta-Lowndes County EDA, GA
Very much enjoyed the “Anatomy of a Project” session. Great idea to have an actual “end user” involved in the project.
American Electric Power
All the speakers were very good.
Milwaukee 7, WI
The Wrap Up Q & A was great. Overall I enjoyed all of the sessions.
Muncie-Delaware Co. EDA, IN
Overall content very relevant to our work.
Overall great conference event.
Opelika ED, AL
Good content and good presenters. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I enjoyed the content and presenters.
Lake County Economic Alliance, IN
Nebraska Public Power District
Very well done! Content was great, and very useful.
As always an excellent event with relevant information.
OK Dept. of Commerce
Excellent as expected. Please know, this is my favorite event – and I attend a lot of events. Meeting my expectations of a Consultants Forum just means it was excellent!
Well organized as usual. Excellent venue and good mix of consultants. You know the Forum will be good. Consistency helps bring good speakers and attendance.
Ames EDC, IA
Length of sessions, prompt starting and end times and network session length all work great. Great job!
Tampa Bay Partnership, FL
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You have done an outstanding job once again! Location is perfect.
OGE Energy Corp.
All consultants provided a well rounded conference and a wonderful experience.
Greater Pensacola Chamber, FL
Excellent candor and honesty with all of the speakers! As a first time attendee I will definitely be back!
Team NEO/Cleveland Plus Business, OH
Port Arthur EDC, TX
I always enjoy the leadership section and believe it is invaluable to the younger attendees in furthering their careers. Because I have been here my expectations are very high – so meeting them is quite an accomplishment.
Hocking County CIC, OH
I thought all of the speakers were well thought out and presented very well. Lovely hotel.
Greater Waco Chamber, TX
They were all very knowledgeable and provided great information. Always enjoy the variety of topics as well as the professionalism. Very helfpful insights. Job well done!
Jacksonville Regional EDC, FL
Great info. & insights. Super accommodations, location, food.
City of Chesterfield, MO
Outstanding “cast of characters” – strength of speakers was good. Best agenda/content of any conference attended in last 24 months.
Appalachian Partnership for Econ. Growth, OH
Content was very valuable. Access to speakers, content was fantastic.
I thought they were all great! Thank you for working so hard to put together such a meaningful conference!
Hamilton County EDC, OH
All were great, thanks. Great event.
Well organized & content rich as always! Learned so much. Comfortable venue knowledgeable & experienced speakers. Love that it runs on time!
VA Econ. Dev. Partnership
Great information on site selection. As a “newbie” in econ. dev. it really helped my knowledge base.
Leduc-Nisku EDA, AB, Canada
All fabulous. Love the Sofitel.
Michiana Partnership, MI
I enjoyed the speakers candidness. I was very impressed. This was so valuable. Thought the content was well presented. Plenty of time for Q & A and liked the small group. Met the best people with similar careers. Great exchange of ideas. Venue first class.
City of Cleveland, OH
I’ve learned so much from this Forum. The best networking opportunities. My second Forum and was not disappointed. I hope to be here next year.
Dev. Auth. of Fulton County, GA
“All the speakers were great. I especially like that the consultants were so open and welcoming.
|Consultants Forum 17 - Columbus, Ohio
I wanted you to know that the Columbus Forum paid off recently. I recently was able to meet with two site selectors that I met (at the Forum) in Columbus. They were very productive meetings that I would not have gotten but for the Consultant’s Forum.
Prince William County, Department of Economic Development, VA
We have been an active participant at your Women in Economic Development Forums (we will again send two women this year), but Columbus was my first participation in a regular Forum. I want to thank you and your team for an excellent event. From my perspective your Forum was an extremely productive two days. Keep up the good work.
Grant County Economic GROWTH Council, IN
Alabama Dept. of Commerce
Very Good. Good size group makes it easier and comfortable to meet people and network.
Gwinnett Chamber, GA
Great way to get info and connect with peers. Learned more. Solidified knowledge. Some good take away ideas. Excellent mix. The EB-5 session very good.
Ames EDC, IA
First time attending. Well worth the time.
City of Valparaiso, IN
The Forum was good. I came in with no expectations, but left with information on how to do my job better. Good content. The forum provides ample amount of time to network.
City of Columbus, OH
Great event for first time attendee. Topics were very relevant. To me this is the real value. Great to have you in Ohio!
Grow Piqua Now, OH
Great conference as always!
Thank you. Nicely done. Picked up a couple of good contacts.
Thanks for your attention to every detail. Once again, very well organized. Good cross section of topics. Speakers were all well prepared. You provide excellent networking opportunities.
Wapakoneta Area Economic Development Council, OH
Very pleased overall. “Met expectations” because I have been twice before, so my expectations are now high. Great Job!
Jackson Co. Chamber, TN
All of the topics were very relevant. Very current info and very broad and deep. All of the speakers were very good, informative and entertaining.
Hamilton Co. EDC, OH
I can see how valuable this forum is to EDC’s. Well organized – great subject matter and there was something for everyone. I will recommend this to others. Classy. Informative. Valuable. Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP, WI
All speakers did a great job…good content and delivery. Great event with useful and genuine content.
Select Greater Philadelphia
Presentation and discussion gave me ideas to help me refocus and improve my economic development strategy. Perfect hotel venue – comfortable, great location.
City of St. Marys, OH
Enjoyed hearing from industry people. Good diversity of speakers and topics.
Nebraska Public Power District
Excellent Program. Very worthwhile conference.
Team Volusia EDC, FL
Excellent idea to bring company panel to hear their process on site selection. Dennis Cuneo’s auto presentation was great. Overall good mix of topics. Great conference and great seeing you all!
Metro Atlanta Chamber, GA
South Western Kentucky EDC
Dennis Cuneo’s first hand experience with the auto industry was very insightful.
Community EDGE, MO
Excellent lineup of speakers!
Kansas City Area Dev Corporation
The panel discussion was valuable. As always the Forum exceeded expectations.
Fairfield 33 Alliance,OH
My first regular Forum in a few years – quality of program still worthwhile and met expectations.
The conference was excellent – as usual…
Economic Development Corporation serving Tulare County, CA
Union County Development Board,SC
“Really enjoyed the conference in its entirety – including the venue and participants. Thank you for providing an insightful and positive event.”
“Applicable, realistic and useful information. I found each session to be highly informative. “
“Great balance of topics! Please continue this conference!”
Muncie-Delaware County EDA, IN
“Thanks for a great 2012 Woman’s Conference. It was well worth the time and money to participate. I look forward to next years event”
Dalton – Whitfield County Joint Development Authority, GA
“Site Selection topics, networking and general relaxed conversations were great. Best most valuable conference I have been to.”
“Great networking opportunities. Roundtables are fantastic! “
“Presentations were fantastic! – great energy, value, fast moving , concise, informational!”
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