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Area Development
Conference & Forum Series
OutFront Workshop Forum
The Jefferson Hotel
Richmond, Virginia

March 31-April 2, 2019
Workshop Forum
The Jefferson Hotel
Consultants Forum

Area Development is pleased to announce The OutFront Workshop Forum, a breakout session event designed to provide a unique learning and networking experience for economic development professionals.

Attendees will take part in classroom style presentations throughout the day, choosing the sessions most relevant to their organization and community. The workshop groups, hosted by leading site consultants and industry experts, are limited to 15 attendees creating an engaging opportunity for all involved.


The Forum opens Sunday with an evening Networking Reception and Dinner at the iconic Jefferson Hotel. The Monday and Tuesday programs consist of sets of breakout sessions, roundtable discussions and panels where attendees can hear from and engage face to face with speakers.




The Jefferson Hotel

Workshop Feedback:

“Very good! Liked that it was a small group of attendees so that we could have dedicated time with each consultant.”
Alabama Department of Commerce

“Overall, a great experience! All the speakers and topics presented relevant information. The small group setting made for a better learning experience as well.”
Aiken-Edgefield-Saluda Economic Development Partnership, South Carolina

“This was one of the better events that I have attended as an economic development professional. The small size also allowed for wonderful networking time with the consultants.”
Seguin Economic Development Corporation, Texas

"This was one of the best Workshops I've attended. I came back with very workable data, and that is worth everything!"
Carolinas Gateway Partnership, North Carolina

"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!"
City of Highland, Illinois

"The Workshop event was great. This was my first Consultants Forum I have attended and was blown away by the professionalism, organization and the speakers."
Fresno County Economic Development Corporation, California

"You all put together a great program at a great venue. Some great take-aways and some great professional acquaintances made. Excellent job Area Development!"
JAXUSA Partnership, Florida

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