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
Consultants Forum23
Consultants Forum23
The Ritz Carlton
New Orleans, Louisiana
June 5 - 7, 2017
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Women Consultants Forum 8th Annual Women in Economic Development Forum
Sofitel Water Tower
Chicago, Illinois

September 24-26, 2017
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FDI Forum Canada Canadian FDI Forum2
Hôtel Château Laurier
Québec City, Canada
October 22-24, 2017
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Consultants Forum22
Consultants Forum24
Vinoy Renaissance Hotel
St. Petersburg, Florida

December 4 - 6, 2017
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Consultants Forum25
Consultants Forum25
The Conrad
Indianapolis, Indiana
June 4 - 6, 2018
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 What do our 2017 attendees say?
Women in Economic Development Forum - Chicago

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

I will say first that the speakers were all outstanding and I enjoyed their presentations. You and Carol do a great job with keeping things moving and organized. I am refreshed, motivated and full of new ideas and always a new friend or two!       
Anonymous

The quality of speakers at this year’s event was very good overall.  I enjoyed the event and will attend in the future.   
The Right Place, Inc., Michigan

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. Thanks for all the hard work that went into putting this together. I love the chance to network with a group of female leaders.
JobsOhio

Well organized event. Very pleased with the logistics and accommodations.  Learned a great deal, met wonderful people, had conversations relevant to the issues in my community and left with a few new ideas.
Cooperative Energy, Mississippi

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

Great networking opportunity.  This was my first conference.  Very much enjoyed the panel of speakers.
Battle Creek Unlimited, Michigan

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 23 - 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

Thank you for sending us the (PPT) presentations, which are always valuable! We are glad to support Area Development and look forward to continuing doing so.
Arkansas Economic Development Commission

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

Very positive and a lot of great information shared. The roundtables were really insightful and transparent information shared.
Entergy Louisiana

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

The forum was very informative as always. I appreciate the time I get with consultants.
Entergy Mississippi

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

Another excellent (actually even better) Area Development Consultants Forum conference.
Nevada Governor's Office of Economic Development

I had a very positive experience. This was my first Area Development conference, and I have recommended to my team that we continue attending.
REDI Cincinnati, Ohio

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

Overall, the Forum was well put together with a great line-up of speakers and pertinent current information.
Business Development Board of Martin County, Florida


Public Power Forum - Nashville

Dennis and Matt, in my opinion I thought this was the best forum of the three I have attended. Outstanding!
Nebraska Public Power District

Very much on point, one of the better events of this type I have attended. I appreciated that this was directed at public power, which provided lots of learning opportunities during breaks and meals.
Tacoma Public Utilities, Washington

The conference was outstanding! The speakers were excellent, as were their presentations.
Entergy Louisiana

Great conference. Great job!
Greenville Utilities, North Carolina


Automotive Workshop - Nashville

A lot to learn for first time attendee.
City of Sanford, North Carolina

For such a short event, I thought the number of speakers and content was phenomenal. Great chance to mingle with consultants and participants and a chance to explore Nashville a bit.
Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance, Alabama

All of the speakers were excellent, the topics were timely and appropriate for the attendees.
Harrison County Economic Development Corporation, Indiana

It was a fantastic and informative workshop. I will definitely attend next year.
Rome Floyd Chamber, Georgia

Very good. I will be happy to attend again in the future and will recommend to others.
Effingham County Industrial Development Authority, Georgia

This forum was excellent and well worth the funds! The small environment was nice to have an opportunity to talk further with the speakers and participants.
Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce, Alabama

Speakers were good, the overall content was very good.

Covington-Newton County Economic Development, Georgia


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