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The Southwest Economic Forum
Overton Hotel & Conference Center
@ Texas Tech University Lubbock,Texas
September 12 - 14, 2012
The Southwest Economic Forum
The large five state economic Southwest region of Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas and New Mexico share many common business attraction factors, international trade advantages and distinct market sectors unlike most other regions in the US and many foreign economies.

These unique features are the key elements that will attract more prospects and consultants to the region as the US economy improves and will be the focus of The Southwest Economic Forum being held September 12-14, 2012 at The Overton Hotel on the campus of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.

Organized by The Consultants Forum and Area Development Magazine it brings together a distinguished lineup of speakers among site consultants, business research consultants and other industry leaders and corporate executives who will provide the most current insights into what investment will shape the regions economy over the next several years and how your location can compete effectively to win these projects.

The Southwest Economic Forum has been designed to help economic developers frame their marketing strategies to compete for a share of new investment expected to enter the region over the next two years.

Best Practices Program

The intense two day program of sessions, panel and round table discussion are designed to focus on the best growth sectors within the four state region and the new opportunities expected to add to its economy. The program also includes several networking receptions and meals for the opportunity to meet and talk with speakers and colleagues.

Registration Limited To 100

With registration limited to 100 delegates on a first come first serve basis this Forum preserves a unique boutique quality and low delegate to speaker ratio. Registration is now open. Reservations at the outstanding Overton Hotel on the TTU campus are available for $139 per night upon receipt of your registration.


The Forum offers several highly effective sponsorship opportunities that include a private Pre-Conference Speaker/Sponsor Receptions, digital signage and other introduction and brand awareness benefits.

Act Now

The Southwest Forum Forum expects to be sold out quickly so please reserve your seat early. For registration, sponsorship or same organization delegate discount information please contact Annie Gregson, Program Director at or call 212-579-4469
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Tulsa Metro Chamber
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Pharr & Company
Oklahoma City chamber
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Atmos Energy
Texas Tech RCFR
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Amarillo National Bank
American Electric Power
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