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Area Development
Conference & Forum Series
 
The Forum was one of the best events I have attended in many years. Your staff did a great job. 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! Very much enjoyed the “Anatomy of a Project” session. Great idea to have the actual “end user” involved in the project search available on the panel.
American Electric Power

Overall great conference event.
Duke Energy

Great conference!
Alabama Dept. of Commerce

Overall content very relevant to our work.
Georgia DED

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!
Minnesota DEED

Great lineup as always! Appreciate the consistently changing mix of speakers. Excellent Forum! Well organized event. Definitely got our sponsorship dollars worth!
Missouri Partnership

Great Forum!
Opelika ED, AL

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

One of the best Forums you have put together! Very good panels.
Metro Atlanta Chamber, GA

Liked the best practices subjects and variety of speakers.
Valdosta-Lowndes County EDA, GA

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

Very good event. Good size group makes it easier and comfortable to meet people and network.
Gwinnett Chamber, GA

First time attending. Well worth the time.
City of Valparaiso, IN

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

First Forum I attended. Exceeded my expectations. Great.
Carroll Tomorrow, GA

These are top notch events. I attended the Forum to reconnect with a few consultants and make some new friends. It worked! I walked away with a genuine first-class project.
Taylor Economic Development Corporation (TX)

Our staff has worked diligently for almost a year on this Sierra Pacific Brewery project – (we) learned about this opportunity while attending the Renewable Energy Consultant Forum in Tulsa.
AdvantageWest (NC) press release

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
 Content
Overall good conference – I was able to identify three take aways to help me focus my FDI efforts.
Ameren, IL & IA

Enjoyed content and size of the group. Excellent!
Savannah Economic Development Authority, GA

Always strong content
Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership

(The Forum is) one of few conferences that exceed expectations. Absolutely wonderful and on target
Northwest Indiana Forum

Very thought provoking information
Jacksboro EDC,Tx

Great information about potential for success in current and future economy. Great content and information. Gives me hope for future success in our community.
Amarillo National Bank,Tx

Phoenix Forum was great. I am still going through all the information. Quite a bit to digest. Pointed information on current issues.
Ames EDC, IA

Most enlightening – gave me a whole new perspective on the food sector.
Brunswick and the Golden Isles of Georgia

Attending these events helps me and the EDC hone our message to site selectors and corporate decision makers
EDC of Western Massachusetts

Efficient, quality program. Great way to maximize time! 
Greater Waco Chamber, TX

First Conference for Me; Very Impressed; Content was Right on Target
Greenwood Partnership Alliance, SC

Concise, to the point, broad perspective.
Hamilton Co Alliance, OH

Presentations were inspiring in their practicality and action driving content. Very well organized event - thank you!
Oklahoma Dept of Commerce

Great job! Fantastic content, I hope to hit these from this point forward. 
Salt River Project, AZ
 Networking
Great networking opportunities. Roundtables are fantastic!
Ameren

Site Selection topics, networking and general relaxed conversations were great. Best & most valuable conference I have been to.
Duke Energy

This is a very worthwhile format and must attend event. The smaller forum and individualized relationship building opportunities make this an exceptional event.
Greater Pensacola Chamber, FL.

Great Speakers, Great to Meet Them
Arkansas EDC

Wonderful access to very knowledgeable consultants
Nebraska Dept. of Economic Development

Great use of time. Small group very conducive for discussion and networking opportunities.
Team NEO, Ohio
 Program
Great conference, as usual; very well done.
Birmingham Business Alliance, AL

First Forum I attended. Exceeded my expectations. Great.
Carroll Tomorrow, GA

Very high quality conference. Good group size.
St. Louis Regional Chamber, MO

I have high expectations for your Forum events and you consistently meet them.
Western Mass EDC

Nice size event, well organized with solid topics
BCI Global

This was my first forum. This is a very worthwhile format and must attend event. The smaller forum and individualized relationship building opportunities make this an exceptional event.
Greater Pensacola Chamber, FL.

Very organized, flow was very good!
Cedar City, Iron County Office of ED.

Jennifer Conoley from our staff attended the Jacksonville Forum and came back very impressed with both the content and the participants.
Bay Economic Development Alliance, FL.

“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

I have been thoroughly impressed with the two Area Development Consultants Forums that I have attended.
Arkansas EDC

Thanks again for putting on such a great event!
MMK Consulting Inc.

Everything Was First Class
Baldwin County EDA, GA

The FORUM was a fantastic event…
Binswanger 

Very Good Conference, We Will Attend Future Events
Birmingham Business Alliance, AL

This Is My First Event – I Cannot Imagine Not Being At Future Forums! 

Central Alabama Electric Cooperative 

Another Great Conference!
City of Opelika, AL

Great Event; Excellent Job
Dublin-Laurens County Development Auth., GA

From my perspective this was one of the best run and focused meetings I have been to – well done!”
Ernst & Young, NY

Organizers did a fabulous job! Thank you for everything!
Greater Fremont Development Council, NE

Again you continue to deliver an excellent program. The information was fresh and addressed the most current issues
Greater Yuma EDC, AZ

Most valuable professional meeting I have attended in decades.
Melbourne International Airport, FL

Very well organized and professional
Metro Orlando EDC, FL

Thank you for a well organized and productive event
NV Energy

Great topics. Great location.
Osceola EDC, FL

I have never attended a conference where there was so much interaction between consultants and economic developers
Real Estate Manager, Wal-Mart 

They keep getting better. Thank you.
Tulsa Metro Chamber, OK 

As always, outstanding. Best in the business
Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce, TX
 Roundtable
Breakout Sessions.......Great Conversations!
Dallas Regional Chamber, TX

Roundtable Sessions Were Great
South Carolina Dept. of Commerce 
 Speakers
Very knowledgeable speakers – keep up the good work. They are top consultants who are accessible and most helpful.
Onondaga County Econ. Dev., NY

One of the best Forums you have put together! Very good panels.
Metro Atlanta Chamber, GA

Excellent sessions, all speakers were very knowledgeable.
VA Economic Development

Good mix of new and returning speakers.
Greater New Orleans, Inc.

I thoroughly enjoyed your presentation at the Consultants Forum. It was probably the most informative of the entire event.
Tulsa Chamber

Great Speakers, Great to Meet Them
Arkansas EDC

All Speakers & Presenters Were Excellent!
Elmore County EDA, AL

I was impressed with all the speakers - excellent presentations and mix of topics. I have learned and gained more than other events I have attended lately
Harrison County Development Commission, MS

All speakers were impressive. I really enjoyed the event and the level of talent you bring in. Will continue to attend. 
Harvey County EDC, KS

Best group of speakers in one place I've ever seen!
Imperial Valley EDC, CA

Wonderful access to very knowledgeable consultants
Nebraska Dept. of Economic Development

Speakers did a great job - good work on getting them here
North Iowa Corridor, IA

High Quality Speakers
Wayne County Dev. Alliance, NC
 Sponsors
“On behalf of Team Texas, thank you for a wonderful event in Lubbock. Team Texas was very pleased to be a sponsor”
Team Texas

Glad to be a sponsor! The professionalism and smoothness of the entire conference was most impressive, great job!!
The High Ground of Texas,Tx

I want to congratulate you all on an outstanding Consultants Forum! Our 12-county regional alliance has participated in each one and is pleased to be a continuing sponsor.
Central SC Alliance

Delighted to be a sponsor! The best marketing money I spend
Greater Dalton C. of C./Dalton-Whitfield Joint Development Auth., GA

Very pleased with coverage and access to consultants as a sponsor!
Greater Yuma EDC, AZ

Great lineup as always! Appreciate the consistently changing mix of speakers. Excellent Forum! Well organized event. Definitely got our sponsorship dollars worth!
Missouri Partnership
 Value
Very well done. I will definitely participate in another!
C3 of Northwest AL.

Very good value for the time and money spent.
AEP Texas

Overall this has been an excellent forum. One of the most useful I have attended, Good presenters, with good relevant information.
Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative,Tx

By far the best money spent by my organization on a conference. I can’t put a price tag on the contacts and information gleaned from this conference! Best ever! 
Greater Yuma EDC, AZ

Everything from the selection of the speakers to the information presented, from the program to the venue was first-class.
Invest in Italy

You do a wonderful job organizing first-class Forums that deliver great value to the attendees.
JaxUSA Partnership, Fl

Perfect ratio. Finally found a conference that provides great value!
National Grid 

Our organization has found value in attending Area Development’s Consultants Forums and will continue to invest. 
Northwest Indiana Forum

Best value in these tough economic times - meet consultants and learn latest trends. Great ROI! Can't wait until the next one. This was awesome! A must to keep in our budget.
Osceola EDC, FL

Great use of time. Small group very conducive for discussion and networking opportunities.
Team NEO, Ohio



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