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 Forums
Advanced Technology & Manufacturing Forum Advanced Technology & Manufacturing Forum
Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas
Las Vegas, Nevada
April 24 - 26, 2016
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Consultants Forum21 Consultants Forum21
Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis
St. Louis, Missouri
June 5 - 7, 2016
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Women Consultants Forum 7th Annual Women in Economic Development Forum
Sofitel Chicago Water Tower
Chicago, Illinois

October 23 - 25, 2016
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FDI Forum Canada Canadian FDI Forum
The Omni King Edward Hotel
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

October 30 – November 1, 2016
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Consultants Forum22 Consultants Forum22
December 2016
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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 Economic Development Corporation (PA)

I always walk away with information I can use back home. Always first rate sessions.
Ames Economic Development Commission (IA)

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

All the speakers were high quality. I felt I would miss important points if I left the room even to make a phone call. From past experience, I know Area Development will deliver an excellent program.
North Mississippi Industrial Development Association

This was the best economic development conference that I have ever attended in my 31 years of experience. Excellent all the way around. I was totally surprised by how good it was. I plan to attend others in the future. The whole conference was fantastic.
Illinois Municipal Electric Agency

The speakers provided unvarnished views on the site selecting process.
City of Anderson Economic Development (IN)

Every speaker was well prepared and told me things I wanted, and needed to know. They were all impressive. The Forum was very well organized with a great group of presenters. There was no session I felt like I could skip. A first class event. The networking opportunities were great and there were plenty of opportunity to talk individually with the consultants, which was very valuable.
Kennett Board of Public Works (MO)

As a new economic developer, the consultants’ candid comments were invaluable. I also appreciated the way the program adhered to the time schedule. The insights from the site selectors were invaluable, and the networking opportunities allowed me to connect with and learn from colleagues across the country. I look forward to attending other Area Development forums in the future.
Denton Economic Development Partnership (TX)

These are top notch events. I attended the (Atlanta) 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 site-consultant conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
AdvantageWest Economic Development Group (NC) - Press Release

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The Consultants Forum Supports Community Plates

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The Consultants Forum is pleased to support this relief service by providing all the unused food from our events to Community Plates. We will continue to support Community Plates at locations of all future Consultants Forum events.

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