Area Development Conference and Forum Series
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Area Development
Consultants Forum Series

The Area Development Conference and Forum Series offers authoritative events that combine networking and educational presentation designed to address the key issues effecting economic development professionals in today's market and offer insight into the future of our industry. The Area Development Conference and Forum Series brings the best presenters in corporate real estate site consulting and other relevant disciplines to one forum where economic development professionals have access to these influential decision makers.

Upcoming Consultants Forum Events
Consultants Forum25
Consultants Forum25
The Conrad
Indianapolis, Indiana
June 4-6, 2018
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Women Consultants Forum Women in Economic Development Forum9
Sofitel Magnificent Mile
Chicago, Illinois

September 30-October 2, 2018
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FDI Forum Canada Canadian FDI Forum3
Brookstreet Hotel
Ottawa, Ontario

October 22-24, 2018
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Consultants Forum25
Consultants Forum26
Eden Roc Hotel
Miami Beach, Florida
December 3-5, 2018
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Attendee Comments

Consultants Forum Indianapolis - June 2018

Again, I walked away smarter than when I arrived. Great speakers in a greater venue with wonderful networking opportunities.
Greater Mankato Growth Inc., Minnesota

Best consultant event I've attended. The group dynamics were terrific, the consultants were friendly and engaging, the venue was terrific.
Henrico County Economic Development Authority, Virginia

Fantastic experience as always. Great consultants and great presentations. Always enjoy the turnout of consultants at the dinner and networking reception…something you don’t get at other conferences.
Winston-Salem Business Inc., North Carolina

Since this was the first forum I had the pleasure to attend, I was pleasantly pleased with the access and the information that was presented. My time was well spent.
MetroHartford Alliance, Connecticut

RFP Workshop - Atlanta, April 2018

This RFP Academy Workshop is the event every economic development professional should sign up for, regardless of how well you think you know the process! It is well-worth the investment of time and resources! This was undoubtedly one of the best practical learning experiences I've ever attended!
Delaware Division of Small Business, Development, and Tourism

This was one of the better events that I have attended as an economic development professional. I was able to learn about key aspects I should focus on to improve my RFI/RFP. The small size also allowed for wonderful networking time with the consultants. I attended a large Site Selectors event right before this and can say that I got more out of this Workshop than that event.
Seguin Economic Development Corporation

Excellent! Probably the best conference/workshop I've attended within this profession. The small class size plus the consultants who attended made this a great experience. I learned a lot and have many takeaways from the program that I hope to utilize in my profession. If offered again, I will make plans to attend and will NOT tell my peers as this is too good to share with those that didn't come!
Development Authority for the City of Milledgeville & Baldwin County, Georgia

E-Commerce Workshop - Nashville, March 2018

This was my first time attending the Consultants Forum Workshop. I felt the networking sessions and presentations were top notch. I was able to make great connections and glean information that will be very beneficial in making short and long-term decisions for the City of Highland. I look forward to the possibility of attending the Consultants Forum Workshop in the future!
City of Highland, Illinois

This forum provided some great insight on the E-Commerce industry and provided a chance to speak with consultants working these types of projects every day.

City of Valparaiso, Indiana (Sponsor)

Consultants Forum St. Petersburg - December 2017

As someone new to the profession of Economic Development, I found the conference highly beneficial. The Area Development team have perfected the mix of classroom style learning and adequate networking time. I wouldn't hesitate (recommending) to attend an Area Development conference regardless of your role within your Economic Development organization.
Oakland County Economic Development & Community Affairs, Michigan

Overall, these have been tremendous over the years and very helpful in helping us brand our region and build some solid relationships.
Central South Carolina Alliance (Sponsor)

I was pleased with the quality of the content and speakers. I especially enjoyed the fast-paced "TED Talk " style format. The non-traditional topics, such as the opening keynote, were a great way to round out the program and provide some personal inspiration.
Muncie-Delaware County Economic Development Alliance, Indiana

It was my first attendance and as a sponsor. I thought the Forum was great from an educational standpoint and helped introduce the city to consultants.
City of St. Petersburg, Florida

Canadian FDI Forum - Québec City, October 2017

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. I would attend again.
City of Morden, Manitoba

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

It was a very interesting forum. It 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

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