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Consultants Forum 17 - Columbus, Ohio

I wanted you to know that the Columbus Forum paid off recently. I recently was able to meet with two site selectors that I met (at the Forum) in Columbus. They were very productive meetings that I would not have gotten but for the Consultant’s Forum.
Prince William County, Department of Economic Development, VA

We have been an active participant at your Women in Economic Development Forums (we will again send two women this year), but Columbus was my first participation in a regular Forum.  I want to thank you and your team for an excellent event.  From my perspective your Forum was an extremely productive two days.  Keep up the good work.
Grant County Economic GROWTH Council, IN

Great conference!
Alabama Dept. of Commerce

Very Good.  Good size group makes it easier and comfortable to meet people and network.
Gwinnett Chamber, GA

Great way to get info and connect with peers.  Learned more. Solidified knowledge.  Some good take away ideas. Excellent mix. The EB-5 session very good.
Ames EDC, IA

First time attending.  Well worth the time.
City of Valparaiso, IN

The Forum was good.  I came in with no expectations, but left with information on how to do my job better.  Good content.  The forum provides ample amount of time to network.
City of Columbus, OH

Great event for first time attendee.  Topics were very relevant.  To me this is the real value.  Great to have you in Ohio!
Grow Piqua Now, OH

Great conference as always!
Northeast Indiana

Thank you.  Nicely done.  Picked up a couple of good contacts.

Thanks for your attention to every detail.  Once again, very well organized.  Good cross section of topics.  Speakers were all well prepared.  You provide excellent networking opportunities.
Wapakoneta Area Economic Development Council, OH

Very pleased overall.  “Met expectations” because I have been twice before, so my expectations are now high.  Great Job!
Jackson Co. Chamber, TN

All of the topics were very relevant.  Very current info and very broad and deep.  All of the speakers were very good, informative and entertaining.
Hamilton Co. EDC, OH

I can see how valuable this forum is to EDC’s.  Well organized – great subject matter and there was something for everyone.  I will recommend this to others.  Classy.  Informative. Valuable. Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP, WI

All speakers did a great job…good content and delivery.  Great event with useful and genuine content. 
Select Greater Philadelphia

Presentation and discussion gave me ideas to help me refocus and improve my economic development strategy.  Perfect hotel venue – comfortable, great location.
City of St. Marys, OH

Enjoyed hearing from industry people.  Good diversity of speakers and topics.
Nebraska Public Power District

Excellent Program.  Very worthwhile conference.
Team Volusia EDC, FL

Excellent idea to bring company panel to hear their process on site selection.  Dennis Cuneo’s auto presentation was great.   Overall good mix of topics. Great conference and great seeing you all!
Metro Atlanta Chamber, GA

Good conference.
South Western Kentucky EDC

Dennis Cuneo’s first hand experience with the auto industry was very insightful.
Community EDGE, MO

Excellent lineup of speakers!
Kansas City Area Dev Corporation

The panel discussion was valuable.  As always the Forum exceeded expectations.
Fairfield 33 Alliance,OH

My first regular Forum in a few years – quality of program still worthwhile and met expectations.

The conference was excellent – as usual…
Economic Development Corporation serving Tulare County, CA

Energy Forum - Las Colinas - Dallas, Texas
Program & Speakers

Really like the size of group. Allowed for good networking and input from attendees.

The first two speakers on the first day justified the cost for my attendance.

Great overview in morning session

One of the most informative Forums.

Good size with “A” list of speakers

Lively discussions. Good data – eye opening.

Exceeded expectations

Didn’t know what to expect. Very good

Excellent overview which set the tone for the conference

Very well organized. Great job!

Liked the fact that the speakers felt comfortable adding comments

Interaction was good

Energy Logistics was very informative

Great conference

Thought all the speakers were knowledgeable and relevant


Great hotel! Great service!

Excellent Venue

Excellent venue for this type of event

Attend Again

Hope to attend future events.

Would attend again!

Will attend again

Best one I have attended!
 Consultants Forum 16 - Charleston
Great Job!
Nevada Energy

The presentation on data centers is the best I’ve ever seen. Great Forum! Your Forums are always excellent!
JAXUSA Partnership, FL

Meeting “one on one” to chat with site selectors is valuable
Big Sky Econ. Dev. MT

You always exceed the high bar you have set for these Forums
Ames Econ. Dev. Commission, IA

It’s hard to pick just one. All speakers were very good and the info they presented was very helpful! As always, the Forum was great!
Research Triangle Regional Partnership, NC

Breakout sessions were helpful to interact with consultants.
Richland County EDO. SC

Enjoyed the specificity of the presentations.
GNO, Inc. LA

Excellent line-up once again.

Thought content that was offered this time was great.
Commonwealth of PA Dept. Comm. Econ. Dev. Governor’s Action Team

Data center’s session was one of the best I’ve heard on the subject. Overview on Shared Services was very helpful. Great Forum as always.
Missouri Partnership

Your Team did a wonderful job!
Georgia Dept. of Econ. Dev.

Kudos, another very good show!
Birmingham Business Alliance. AL

All speakers were great – thought provoking. My first time attending, enjoyed it.
McHenry County EDC, SC

Very efficient conference, great content & great food! Thanks!
CentrePort Canada

I really enjoyed attending this conference – it’s well organized, well planned & well attended. I’ve met a lot of great people here again. This is my second Forum & I really have enjoyed each one very much! All of the speakers provided great & useful information. Great final round table – thank you for sending out the slides.
Bangor Region Development Alliance, ME

This was one of your best group of consultants in a long time.
Hot Springs Partnership, AR

First time for me – great event!
One Southern Indiana

Very educational. The networking time was great! I look forward to coming back for next year’s event.
Lancaster County Economic Dev. Corp.SC

Great Conference!
Northwest Indiana Forum
 4th Annual Women in Economic Development
Probably the best conference I’ve been to in the last 3 years. I’ve never gone to a gender specific conference but I’m so glad that I did!
The content was great, the dialog was informative, and the ability to discuss the nature-of-the-beast without having to be politically correct made the event a real pleasure to attend.
I had/have mentors and saw myself in many of the young women who attended. This conference is super important for those coming up the ranks but also for those of us who are seasoned and need to see just how much we’ve grown and overcome. I have recommended the conference to at least 4 other women and hope they will all consider attending next year. Great job!

Preble County Development Partnership, OH

One of the best conferences I have been to – very informative and no fluff, timely, and great location.
Michigan EDC

I was reluctant to attend in the past because I envisioned this seminar being an “I AM WOMAN, HEAR ME ROAR” type of event. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was not. Thank you
Indy Partnership, IN

The network of women and industry topics created the most value for me
Minot Area Development Corp. ND

All great and loved the improv! The small group size really works well.
North Mississippi IDA

Thanks to all for a great program.
Virginia EDP

Fabulous conference overall!
Muncie-Delaware County EDA, IN

Great conference overall.
Low Country ED Alliance, SC

The presentations were great. Content was very relevant & will be helpful at my current position. Excellent flow – kept me engaged throughout entire forum.
Michigan EDC

The Woodlands EDP, TX

Great conference!
Golden Triangle Development Link, MS

This is my first time attending this Forum and I’m extremely impressed. I love the fact that it’s a very planned out agenda, the location and the fact the Forum is not huge. I think the number of women in attendance is just about right. It gives you the ability to actually network and get to know one another. A huge benefit to this meeting.
OGE Energy Corp. OK

The panels and presentation were all excellent. Extremely valuable to economic development practitioners in the field doing deals.
Minnesota DEED

I really enjoy this conference. The opportunities to learn extend well beyond the sessions, by networking with key leaders in the economic development field.

Great conference!
Econ. Dev. Alliance Jefferson County, AR

Kudos for a great 2-day conference. Overall, it was a very positive experience and inspirational to be among such an open and professional group of women
The Beacon Council

All speakers were very good.
LGE/KU Energy KY

I am new to economic development so this really met my needs
Morrow County Development, IN
 Consultants Forum 15 - Minneapolis
Your forums are always very good!!! This was one of your better programs!
Greater Oklahoma City Chamber

Fabulous content!!

The great networking receptions, dinners and other sessions are key!

I will always have the Forums dated on my calendar. These are always well done.
Temple EDC, TX

Good mix of the macro & micro with specific cases. Round table were good. Practical info.

All of the speakers were very personable and have great knowledge on their topic.
Team NEO, OH

Great Conference!! All speakers offered value.
Northwest Indiana Forum

Great speakers, wide range of topic and great depth – thoroughly enjoyed the sessions!
Maine Gateway

Monday night dinner venue was great. Dinner excellent.
West Kentucky Megasite

Great job!
Big Sky ED, MT

Enjoyable and worth attending. Look forward to future events.
Entergy (New Orleans)

Great interaction!!
Burleson EDC, TX

Great Forum…Thanks
Greater Killeen C of C, TX
 The FDI Forum - Attracting Global Investment - St. Louis
One of the best Forums you have put together! Very good panels.
Metro Atlanta Chamber, GA

Nice size event, well organized with solid topics
BCI Global

Always strong content
Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership

(The Forum is) one of few conferences that exceed expectations. Absolutely wonderful and on target.
Northwest Indiana Forum

I have high expectations for your Forum events and you consistently meet them.
Western Mass EDC

Very high quality conference. Good group size.
St. Louis Regional Chamber, MO

Very knowledgeable speakers – keep up the good work. They are top consultants who are accessible and most helpful.
Onondaga County Econ. Dev., NY

Enjoyed content and size of the group. Excellent!
Savannah Economic Development Authority, GA

First Forum I attended. Exceeded my expectations. Great.
Carroll Tomorrow, GA

Overall good conference – I was able to identify three take aways to help me focus my FDI efforts.
Ameren, IL & IA

Great conference, as usual; very well done.
Birmingham Business Alliance, AL
 Consultants Forum 14 - Jacksonville
This was my first forum. This is a very worthwhile format and must attend event. The smaller forum and individualized relationship building opportunities make this an exceptional event.
Greater Pensacola Chamber, FL.

Excellent sessions, all speakers were very knowledgeable.
VA Economic Development

Good mix of new and returning speakers.
Greater New Orleans, Inc.

Very well done. I will definitely participate in another!
C3 of Northwest AL.

Very organized, flow was very good!
Cedar City, Iron County Office of ED.

Jennifer Conoley from our staff attended the Jacksonville Forum and came back very impressed with both the content and the participants.
Bay Economic Development Alliance, FL.

The Consultants Forum consistently ranks as the best economic development event I've attended. I am glad my new board saw the value of being a sponsor.
Lake County Partners, IL.
 2012 Women in Economic Development Forum - Chicago
“All the speakers were great. I especially like that the consultants were so open and welcoming. Refreshing!”
Union County Development Board,SC

“Really enjoyed the conference in its entirety – including the venue and participants. Thank you for providing an insightful and positive event.”
Sacto, Ca

“Applicable, realistic and useful information. I found each session to be highly informative. “
Sacto ,Ca

“Great balance of topics! Please continue this conference!”
Muncie-Delaware County EDA, IN

“Thanks for a great 2012 Woman’s Conference. It was well worth the time and money to participate. I look forward to next years event”
Dalton – Whitfield County Joint Development Authority, GA

“Site Selection topics, networking and general relaxed conversations were great. Best most valuable conference I have been to.”
Duke Energy

“Great networking opportunities. Roundtables are fantastic! “

“Presentations were fantastic! – great energy, value, fast moving , concise, informational!”
 Southwest Economic Forum - Lubbock, Tx
"Great Forum, will definitely attend in the the future"
White Oak EDC

"Overall this has been an excellent forum. One of the most useful I have attended, Good presenters, with good relevant information."
Guadalupe Valley EDC

"Good size of audience and good mix of speakers. Time keeper work was excellent and breaks were good. Organization of the Forum was excellent."

"Great information about potential for success in current and future economy. Great content and information. Gives me hope ffor ftuture success in our community."
Amarillo National Bank

"Glad to be a sponsor! The professionalisn and smoothness of the entire conference was most impressive, great job!!"
The HIgh Ground of Texas

"Very thought provoking information"
Jacksboro EDC

"Very good value for the time and money spent."
AEP Texas

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