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Canadian FDI Forum Québec City 2017

I really enjoyed the forum and learned some valuable information.
Economic Development Lethbridge, Alberta

Overall very good. Nice to see the return of many from last year to keep some discussions going and it shows they value the event.
Manitoba Agriculture

Exactly as I expected. Very interesting.
Innovation and Economic Development Trois-Rivières, Québec

Very informative and well-paced program
Enterprise Saint John, New Brunswick

I thoroughly enjoyed the conference and would recommend it to other colleagues who are progressive in their efforts to grow their portfolios.
Portage Regional Economic Development, Manitoba

Venue was exceptional, Networking opportunities were good and a positive outcome. The roundtables are a good opportunity for Economic Development colleagues to discuss more specific issues and those relevant to smaller or not Ontario based regions, so I would definitely participate in more of those. I would attend again.
City of Morden, Manitoba

Love the panel with companies and Marc, Isabel and Chris’s presentations.

Montreal International

Really enjoyed the Forum and thought it was well organized. Looking forward to 2018.
DEL - Moteur du développement de l'agglomération de Longueuil, Québec

It was great!
Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership, Ontario

I was very happy with the quality of the conference.
Corporation of the City of Welland, Ontario

Very interesting. Lot of new ideas to optimism our promotion and tools.
Granby Industriel, Québec

Good! validated a lot of the ideas and shortcomings that I had in mind.
The United Counties of Stormont, Dundas, Glengarry, Ontario

Great networking and informative. Great stats!
Clarington Board of Trade & Office of Economic Development, Ontario

Thought it was very good.
Clarington Board of Trade & Office of Economic Development, Ontario

Great location. Good content and perfect number of participants.
Global NY – Empire State Development

I think this conference was very informative.
Sturgeon County Economic Development, Alberta

Loved this forum! I thought it provided very good value, the sessions were overall quite informative, and the networking opportunities were good. Overall though, I really enjoyed it.
Sturgeon County Economic Development, Alberta

Overall, I found the forum to be both informative and an excellent opportunity for networking. With the smaller number of delegates, the ability to interact was positive.
Ontario East Economic Development Commission

Very well-organized forum very good speakers.
CDEJ Joliette, Québec

Very well-organized event. Will recommend attending in future as well.
City of North Bay, Ontario

It was a very interesting forum. I t was great to have had the opportunity to exchange with other economic developers outside of my province. We don't often have this opportunity.
IDE Saint-Eustache, Québec

Well run and very organized. Appreciate that things were run on time. Good presentations.
Quinte Economic Development Commission, Ontario

The forum was excellent as was the content.
Nova Scotia Business Inc.

I really enjoy this event. It was a nice occasion to meet colleagues in economic development from across Canada.
IDE Saint-Eustache, Québec

Women in Economic Development Forum Chicago 2017


Really enjoyed the conference - I've attended others in the past, but not the Women in Economic Development Forum. The depth of the topics was great, the speakers were dynamic.  I love that each session is 40 minutes - enough time to get good information, but short enough to keep your attention. 
Commerce Lexington, Kentucky

I will say first that the speakers were all outstanding and I enjoyed their presentations. You and Amy (Gerber) did a great job with keeping things moving and organized. I am refreshed, motivated and full of new ideas and always a new friend or two!

The quality of speakers at this year’s event was very good overall.  I enjoyed the event and will attend in the future.   
The Right Place, Inc., Michigan

First time attendee.  One of the best ED forums I've been to and the only all women conference.  Appreciate the thought that went into the speaker topics.
Washington County Economic Development Council, Tennessee

I really enjoyed the forum.  As someone who's relatively new to the field, I found that this was one of the more informational programs that I've attended.
Louisville Forward, Kentucky

This was the best conference I have ever been to. Thank you. Perfect topics, speakers, networking, and location.
GREATER MSP, Minnesota

I found the forum extremely valuable from a networking and content perspective. I enjoyed the quick format of many short segments. I was also in attendance last year and found this year's forum to be more engaging and on a better mix of topics. Thanks for all the hard work that went into putting this together. I love the chance to network with a group of female leaders.

Well organized event. Very pleased with the logistics and accommodations.  Learned a great deal, met wonderful people, had conversations relevant to the issues in my community and left with a few new ideas.
Cooperative Energy, Mississippi

This is one of my favorite conferences and this year did not disappoint. My favorite session was on women in manufacturing, but I found them all to be beneficial.
Harvey County Economic Development Council, Inc., Kansas

Great networking opportunity.  This was my first conference.  Very much enjoyed the panel of speakers.
Battle Creek Unlimited, Michigan

As a first-time attendee, I thought it was great and I plan to attend every year!  The speakers were very engaging and there was ample time to speak with the speakers one on one.  Overall, I would give it a 10! 
Central Florida Development Council


Consultants Forum 23 - New Orleans

Our folks always find the networking and content to be strong at the Area Development Consultants Forum events, and we look forward to continuing to partner with you all to support future Forums.
Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina

Thank you for sending us the (PPT) presentations, which are always valuable! We are glad to support Area Development and look forward to continuing doing so.
Arkansas Economic Development Commission

The forum was very informative as always. I appreciate the time I get with consultants.
Entergy Mississippi

I found the forum educational and of value.
City of Leander, Texas

Overall, the Forum was well put together with a great line-up of speakers and pertinent current information.
Business Development Board of Martin County, Florida

I have always found value and enjoyed the events you host!! Well done!
Harvey County Economic Development Council, Kansas

I thought the speakers had relevant information, and were very easy to talk too.
Hancock County Port & Harbor Commission, Mississippi

Lots of great information.
Coweta County Development Authority, Georgia

This was my first forum and I found it very informative and educational.
Liberty Utilities, Georgia

Very positive and a lot of great information shared. The roundtables were really insightful and transparent information shared.
Entergy Louisiana

The Consultants Forum New Orleans was the best economic development conference I have attended. The speakers were informative and engaging, the content was timely and relevant, and the agenda was the ideal time frame (1.5 days). I look forward to attending future events and recommending that other colleagues attend.
St. Tammany Economic Development Foundation, Louisiana

The caliber of speakers and topics was excellent! The Pelican Club dinner was fantastic. The first night dinner would have been enjoyable at another New Orleans restaurant versus the hotel. The Ritz was a great hotel and venue. Thanks again!
Charleston County Economic Development, South Carolina

Overall the conference was very positive. I attended the conference in Philadelphia two years ago, so this is my second.
City Valparaiso, Indiana

Excellent forum; only 2nd time attendee but a level above St. Louis last year. Thank you!
Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina

I had a very positive experience. This was my first Area Development conference, and I have recommended to my team that we continue attending.
REDI Cincinnati, Ohio

I love Area Development Consultants Forums. I find them professionally and personally valuable. It is a great opportunity to hone my professional skills; network with consultants; and, share experiences and learn from other economic development professionals. Please know, if I didn't have an animal science venture forum on September 26, I'd register for the Women in ED forum!
Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development

Overall, it was a positive experience. Good speakers, relevant content and exceptional networking!
Georgia Department of Economic Development

Very positive.
Charleston Area Alliance, West Virginia

This was my first Forum event. Very enjoyable. Some speakers were more in line with what we will be doing, but just about all of them was interesting. Great access to speakers and really enjoyable social time.
St. Petersburg Area EDC, Florida

Great speakers, learned a lot about the energy industry as well as the impact on trade between US and other governments.
Port of South Louisiana

This was my first forum. It was very well executed and the information was both informative and enlightening. I am recommending that others in my organization attend.
Charleston County Economic Development, South Carolina

Thomasville Payroll Development Authority, Georgia

Great speakers and great venue. I'd like to get a list of attendees a week out as that is an important part of the networking that occurs.
Prince William County Economic Development, Virginia

It was an excellent conference!
Middle Michigan Development Corporation

Another excellent (actually even better) Area Development Consultants Forum conference.
Nevada Governor's Office of Economic Development

Overall, I thought the forum was great. I was one of the ones affected by the round table mix-up on Wednesday, but other than that, I had a great time and felt it was time well spent.
Lubbock Economic Development Alliance, Texas

Great diversity of consultants. Enjoyed the location and look forward to December's conference in Florida.
Arkansas Economic Development Commission

I found the forum to be very topical and well worth the cost of attending.
Entergy New Orleans

Positive and informative.
NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility, Louisiana

Another very good event.
Greater Columbus Indiana EDC

Very informative. Felt as though I now have an up-to-date handle on the Economic Development world.
Mankato Growth Inc., Minnesota

Overall very positive.
Greater New Orleans, Inc.

As always, great and informative forum!
NV Energy

Public Power Forum

The conference was outstanding! The speakers were excellent, as were their presentations. Nashville was an incredible place for the conference.
Entergy Louisiana

Very much on point, one of the better events of this type I have attended. I appreciated that this was directed at public power, which provided lots of learning opportunities during breaks and meals.
Tacoma Public Utilities, Washington

Great conference. Great job!
Greenville Utilities, North Carolina

Dennis and Matt, in my opinion I thought this was the best forum of the three I have attended. Outstanding!
Nebraska Public Power District

Automotive Workshop – Nashville

A lot to learn for a first time attendee!
City of Sanford , NC

Great content - timely, informative and practical!
Michigan City EDC, IN

For such a short event, I thought the amount of speakers and content was phenomenal. Great chance to mingle with consultants and participants and a chance to explore Nashville a bit.
Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance, AL

All of the speakers were excellent, the topics were timely and appropriate for the attendees.
South Central Indiana Region

It was a fantastic and informative workshop. I will definitely attend next year.
Rome-Floyd Chamber, GA

Overall, it was a good experience!

Very good. I will be happy to attend again in the future and will recommend to others.
Effingham County Industrial Development Authority, GA

This forum was excellent and well worth the funds! The small environment was nice to have an opportunity to talk further with the speakers and participants.
Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce, AL

Great group of speakers with a great speaker/attendee ratio.
EDP of North Carolina

Speakers were good, the overall content was very good.
Covington-Newton County Economic Development , GA

Consultants Forum 22 – Miami

Well organized and valuable use of my time.
Burke Development Inc., North Carolina

As always, Area Development does this best!

Hot Springs Metro Partnership, Arkansas

Loved it once again!
Central Virginia Partnership

Consistent with what has become the brand for the forum series, the Miami forum was excellent in both style and substance. The venue, program content and program logistics and the collective consultant panel were superb! With the recent market place proliferation of similar events, the Forums continue to cement its place as one of the preeminent consultant/ED professional educational and networking events in the industry.
Muskogee City-County Port Authority, Oklahoma

This was my first forum and one of the best events I've attended in my 15+ years in this profession.

Carolinas Gateway Partnership, North Carolina

We gained a lot of extremely valuable insights. We enjoyed every minute of it. Well done.
Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, Rhode Island

Another great conference! Thanks so much for all the effort and professionalism that is put into these conferences.

Illinois Municipal Electric Agency

I thought is was a well organized event that kept on schedule and offered good content.
Mississippi Development Authority

Great way to be updated on current trends. Good speakers and well organized. Thank you!
Invest in Denmark

This was my first Area Development event and I was extremely impressed at the attendance (both from consultants and economic developers), the accessibility of networking opportunities, and the quality of venues and events. I very much look forward to attending more events in the future.
Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance, Alabama

It was a great experience overall.

Salt River Project, Arizona

The forum was great with good interaction with the speakers.
Duke Energy, North Carolina

Another great Forum. Thanks for your efforts!
NV Energy

It was a great learning experience - good content, well organized.
Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, Rhode Island

Good value.
Bedford County Office of Economic Development, Virginia

Overall, it was excellent, very well run.
Nevada Governor's Office of Economic Development

Overall, I found the Forum to be very well done.
Choose New Jersey

Very good event.
Business Development Board of Martin County, Florida

The venue was great, the consultants were great, and I look forward to attending future events.


The Canada FDI Forum – Toronto

Excellent Forum. I look forward to attending the next one in Quebec and sharing the value of this event with my colleagues in Alberta.
City of Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta

It was excellent - I look forward to more of your events of this nature within Canada!

County of Brant, Ontario

Great Forum! Of the sessions I was able to attend all were very informative. Great networking opportunity with site selectors.

Brampton Economic Development Office, Ontario

It was well done and I really appreciate an event talking place in Canada.
Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership, Ontario

Wonderful group of speakers and information was great.
City of Niagara Falls, Ontario

Very happy that I attended and will recommend further participation in the future! Very clear that great effort was made to bring relevant information, useful tips and practical insights to the audience.
County of Simcoe, Ontario

With regrets, I was unable to attend Monday because of urgent City business. Tuesday was productive.
Brampton Economic Development Office, Ontario

This was my first time at one of these forums and I can assure that I will definitely attend in the future. Being a sponsor gave us great visibility with the site selectors so it was great value for our money!
City of Woodstock, Ontario

I was attending my first Area Development/site selection program. I found it most interesting and educational (even though I'm not a Canadian EDO). The information shared was very useful.
Georgia USA

Looking forward to the next one!
Innovation Economic Development Trois-Rivieres, Québec

Very well organized and content rich event.
Moncton Industrial Development Ltd., New Brunswick

Let's make another success in Québec City in 2017.
Québec International

A very good program.
Niagara Region Economic Development, Ontario

Excellent forum, lots of great take-always. Will definitely be attending the next one.
City of Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta

Women in Economic Development Forum – Chicago

Excellent forum overall , as in the past.
Ameren, Missouri

Loved Angela Grace, pertained directly to Women.
Greencastle/Putnam County Development Center, Inc., Indiana

Overall an awesome experience to network and build relationships with women in the economic development professions.
Port Arthur Economic Development Corporation, Texas

Consultants Forum 21 - St. Louis

First time attendee. Very good overall experience.
Cape Girardeau Area MAGNET, Missouri

Great job of bringing in new consultants to present and network with.
Prince William County Economic Development, Virginia

Great event. Hopeful make the next one in Florida.
Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance, Nevada

Excellent - great mix and balance of events, content. Venue was fantastic. Enjoyed the bus ride to a different part of town for the dinner.
Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina

Another content rich Forum. Well done!
Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation, Florida

Loved it!
RiverBend Growth Association, Illinois

Excellent. Great opportunity to interact with speakers and attendees.
EDC of Decatur Macon County, Illinois
Consultants Forum - Orlando, Florida
The new speaker presentation format worked well and enjoyed the speakers.
Nebraska Public Power District

Great Forum! I must say that it exceeded my expectations and your speakers were great.

Nevada Governor’s Office for Econ. Dev.

Sessions all were valuable. “Sector focused” presentations very valuable.
Bradenton Area Econ. Dev. Corp. FL

Liked the new format of the short, fast presentations. I liked the varied topics outside the usual traditional economic development verticals.
Metro Atlanta Chamber

Good all-around event – great speakers, excellent venue and good opportunity to build relationships.
Shenandoah Valley Partnership VA

Excellent speakers!
East Tennessee Econ. Dev. Agency

Great lineup of consultants with a diversity of topics.
Harlingen Econ. Dev. Corp. TX

All the speakers offered value! Q & A roundup excellent. Great presentations; format; networking. Love the new short presentation format.
Manatee County Government FL

Great new format!
Greenville Utilities NC

I love the format of 30 min. concise presentations. Great topics, too! Excellent! This is the best Area Development conference I have attended.
Muncie-Delaware County, Indiana Economic Development Alliance IN

Loved it! Great topics – punctuality of program greatly appreciated. My first conference and I’ll be at others! Enjoyed the networking with peers and speakers.
City of Kissimmee, FL

All speakers did a great job – worth the trip.
Burke Development, Inc. NC

Enjoyed coming! Like the direction you are going. Unbelievable venue.
Harvey County EDC IN

Thank you for a great conference!
Lake County Indiana Economic Alliance

Great Format! Great content. Range was good. Exceeded expectations because speaker format was excellent.
City of Alpharetta GA

Always an excellent conference! “Met expectations” because you’ve set the bar high and continue to meet it every time. Love, love, love new 30 min. talk format!
Kansas City Area Development Council

This event had a great panel of speakers.
Indian River Chamber of Commerce FL

Enjoyed the short format presentation format. Wonderful hotel property – great service.
Henrico EDA VA

Thought the roundtables were excellent. Great chance to talk with consultants
National Grid
Consultants Forum Workshop - Dallas, Texas
Consultants Forum Workshop – Dallas Slideshow
All the speakers did a very good job. I appreciated their candor and insight into their processes. I would gladly participate in future sessions with them.
Greater Waco Chamber, TX

Loved the format! One of the best events I've attended.
Kilgore EDC, TX

Speakers were all experts in their own fields, hard to say if one was better than the other.
Great opportunity to meet in a small group environment - there was good interaction from the audience with each speaker which kept the sessions meaningful. The amphitheatre setting was great!

Greater Conroe EDC, TX

I liked the 2 person team presentation approach. It gave the opportunity for both presenters to offer something unique in their experience working with clients.
Tulare County Economic Development Corp, CA

Speakers are each experts with common skills/experience, but each also offered a slightly different specialty which worked really well with excellent agenda topics. Their personal relationship with each other also made the event fun. All the agenda topics were well thought out and in the right order.
This was a great event.

Lake County Partners, IL

All (presenters) stood out, all were very good and knew their subject content well.
One of the best events I've attended. I liked the 'interactive' approach!
Great panel discussion ... lot of synergies!

Frisco EDC,TX

I enjoyed and thought all of the information was a great asset to hear.

Burleson Economic Development Corporation,TX

All of the speakers were great. I loved the format and the free flow of information. The smaller group was great as the speakers were more at ease and went deeper into the topics.
Overland Park Economic Development Council, KS
The Consultants Forum – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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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.
Minnesota DEED

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
The FDI Forum Slideshow
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.
Georgia Power

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.
Duke Energy

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