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
FDI Forum Canada e-Commerce Workshop
Hutton Hotel
Nashville, Tennessee

March 12-13, 2018
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FDI Forum Canada RFP Academy | Workshop
Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center
Atlanta, Georgia

April 9-10, 2018
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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

October, 2018
Consultants Forum25
Consultants Forum26
December, 2018

2017 Attendee Comments
Consultants Forum St. Petersburg

Very well organized, great presentations that provided excellent information on current trends for ED. Really like info on e-commerce, place making, expedited permitting and workforce.
Manatee County Government, Florida

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

Enlightening and educational. Great opportunities to mix and mingle and gain perspectives from Economic Development colleagues from elsewhere in the country.
Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation, Florida

Great conference. Liked the variety of topics. All speakers were great.
MidAmerica Industrial Park, Oklahoma

I enjoyed the Forum very much. I think it was a good balance of presentation and interaction.
Great River Energy, Minnesota

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

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

Very impressed with the entire Forum. This was my first time attending and I felt there was a great deal of valuable information, and it was an excellent format.
Staunton Department of Economic Development, Virginia

Very informative conference that included good networking opportunities.
Ak-Chin Industrial Park Board, Arizona

It was great for me. Good consultants along with solid attendees. It was worth my time and money.
Greensboro Economic Development Alliance, North Carolina

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

Presentations & Roundtables were terrific this year. Some really interesting subjects.
CentrePort Canada Inc., Manitoba

I really liked the "Ted Talk" agenda and being able to hear from all the consultants. Thanks for a great forum and I look forward to attending another one in the future.
City of Largo, Florida

This forum was excellent. The short presentations were excellent to keep things mixed up and attention going.
Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce, Alabama

This was my first experience with an Area Development Consultant Forum. The speakers were fantastic with very relevant and engaging topics.

Abilene Industrial Foundation, Texas

This was my first forum. I was impressed with the quality of site selectors.
The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership, Texas

Very good and informative. Great networking with the consultants.

Prince William County Economic Development, Virginia

One of the better forums I've attended. Great content and presenters.
City of Cape Coral, Florida

Canadian FDI Forum

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. I would attend again.
City of Morden, Manitoba

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

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

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

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

Women in Economic Development Forum

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

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. I love the chance to network with a group of female leaders.

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

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 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

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

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

The caliber of speakers and topics was excellent! The Pelican Club dinner was fantastic. The Ritz was a great hotel and venue. Thanks again!
Charleston County Economic Development, South Carolina

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.
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

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

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