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Area Development
Conference & Forum Series

Automotive Workshop – Nashville

A lot to learn for a first time attendee!
City of Sanford , NC

Great content - timely, informative and practical!
Michigan City EDC, IN

For such a short event, I thought the amount 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, AL

All of the speakers were excellent, the topics were timely and appropriate for the attendees.
South Central Indiana Region

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

Overall, it was a good experience!

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

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, AL

Great group of speakers with a great speaker/attendee ratio.
EDP of North Carolina

Speakers were good, the overall content was very good.
Covington-Newton County Economic Development , GA

Consultants Forum 22 – Miami

Well organized and valuable use of my time.
Burke Development Inc., North Carolina

As always, Area Development does this best!

Hot Springs Metro Partnership, Arkansas

Loved it once again!
Central Virginia Partnership

Consistent with what has become the brand for the forum series, the Miami forum was excellent in both style and substance. The venue, program content and program logistics and the collective consultant panel were superb! With the recent market place proliferation of similar events, the Forums continue to cement its place as one of the preeminent consultant/ED professional educational and networking events in the industry.
Muskogee City-County Port Authority, Oklahoma

This was my first forum and one of the best events I've attended in my 15+ years in this profession.

Carolinas Gateway Partnership, North Carolina

We gained a lot of extremely valuable insights. We enjoyed every minute of it. Well done.
Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, Rhode Island

Another great conference! Thanks so much for all the effort and professionalism that is put into these conferences.

Illinois Municipal Electric Agency

I thought is was a well organized event that kept on schedule and offered good content.
Mississippi Development Authority

Great way to be updated on current trends. Good speakers and well organized. Thank you!
Invest in Denmark

This was my first Area Development event and I was extremely impressed at the attendance (both from consultants and economic developers), the accessibility of networking opportunities, and the quality of venues and events. I very much look forward to attending more events in the future.
Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance, Alabama

It was a great experience overall.

Salt River Project, Arizona

The forum was great with good interaction with the speakers.
Duke Energy, North Carolina

Another great Forum. Thanks for your efforts!
NV Energy

It was a great learning experience - good content, well organized.
Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, Rhode Island

Good value.
Bedford County Office of Economic Development, Virginia

Overall, it was excellent, very well run.
Nevada Governor's Office of Economic Development

Overall, I found the Forum to be very well done.
Choose New Jersey

Very good event.
Business Development Board of Martin County, Florida

The venue was great, the consultants were great, and I look forward to attending future events.


The Canada FDI Forum – Toronto

Excellent Forum. I look forward to attending the next one in Quebec and sharing the value of this event with my colleagues in Alberta.
City of Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta

It was excellent - I look forward to more of your events of this nature within Canada!

County of Brant, Ontario

Great Forum! Of the sessions I was able to attend all were very informative. Great networking opportunity with site selectors.

Brampton Economic Development Office, Ontario

It was well done and I really appreciate an event talking place in Canada.
Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership, Ontario

Wonderful group of speakers and information was great.
City of Niagara Falls, Ontario

Very happy that I attended and will recommend further participation in the future! Very clear that great effort was made to bring relevant information, useful tips and practical insights to the audience.
County of Simcoe, Ontario

With regrets, I was unable to attend Monday because of urgent City business. Tuesday was productive.
Brampton Economic Development Office, Ontario

This was my first time at one of these forums and I can assure that I will definitely attend in the future. Being a sponsor gave us great visibility with the site selectors so it was great value for our money!
City of Woodstock, Ontario

I was attending my first Area Development/site selection program. I found it most interesting and educational (even though I'm not a Canadian EDO). The information shared was very useful.
Georgia USA

Looking forward to the next one!
Innovation Economic Development Trois-Rivieres, Québec

Very well organized and content rich event.
Moncton Industrial Development Ltd., New Brunswick

Let's make another success in Québec City in 2017.
Québec International

A very good program.
Niagara Region Economic Development, Ontario

Excellent forum, lots of great take-always. Will definitely be attending the next one.
City of Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta

Women in Economic Development Forum – Chicago

Excellent forum overall , as in the past.
Ameren, Missouri

Loved Angela Grace, pertained directly to Women.
Greencastle/Putnam County Development Center, Inc., Indiana

Overall an awesome experience to network and build relationships with women in the economic development professions.
Port Arthur Economic Development Corporation, Texas

Consultants Forum 21 - St. Louis

First time attendee. Very good overall experience.
Cape Girardeau Area MAGNET, Missouri

Great job of bringing in new consultants to present and network with.
Prince William County Economic Development, Virginia

Great event. Hopeful make the next one in Florida.
Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance, Nevada

Excellent - great mix and balance of events, content. Venue was fantastic. Enjoyed the bus ride to a different part of town for the dinner.
Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina

Another content rich Forum. Well done!
Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation, Florida

Loved it!
RiverBend Growth Association, Illinois

Excellent. Great opportunity to interact with speakers and attendees.
EDC of Decatur Macon County, Illinois
Consultants Forum - Orlando, Florida
The new speaker presentation format worked well and enjoyed the speakers.
Nebraska Public Power District

Great Forum! I must say that it exceeded my expectations and your speakers were great.

Nevada Governor’s Office for Econ. Dev.

Sessions all were valuable. “Sector focused” presentations very valuable.
Bradenton Area Econ. Dev. Corp. FL

Liked the new format of the short, fast presentations. I liked the varied topics outside the usual traditional economic development verticals.
Metro Atlanta Chamber

Good all-around event – great speakers, excellent venue and good opportunity to build relationships.
Shenandoah Valley Partnership VA

Excellent speakers!
East Tennessee Econ. Dev. Agency

Great lineup of consultants with a diversity of topics.
Harlingen Econ. Dev. Corp. TX

All the speakers offered value! Q & A roundup excellent. Great presentations; format; networking. Love the new short presentation format.
Manatee County Government FL

Great new format!
Greenville Utilities NC

I love the format of 30 min. concise presentations. Great topics, too! Excellent! This is the best Area Development conference I have attended.
Muncie-Delaware County, Indiana Economic Development Alliance IN

Loved it! Great topics – punctuality of program greatly appreciated. My first conference and I’ll be at others! Enjoyed the networking with peers and speakers.
City of Kissimmee, FL

All speakers did a great job – worth the trip.
Burke Development, Inc. NC

Enjoyed coming! Like the direction you are going. Unbelievable venue.
Harvey County EDC IN

Thank you for a great conference!
Lake County Indiana Economic Alliance

Great Format! Great content. Range was good. Exceeded expectations because speaker format was excellent.
City of Alpharetta GA

Always an excellent conference! “Met expectations” because you’ve set the bar high and continue to meet it every time. Love, love, love new 30 min. talk format!
Kansas City Area Development Council

This event had a great panel of speakers.
Indian River Chamber of Commerce FL

Enjoyed the short format presentation format. Wonderful hotel property – great service.
Henrico EDA VA

Thought the roundtables were excellent. Great chance to talk with consultants
National Grid
Consultants Forum Workshop - Dallas, Texas
Consultants Forum Workshop – Dallas Slideshow
All the speakers did a very good job. I appreciated their candor and insight into their processes. I would gladly participate in future sessions with them.
Greater Waco Chamber, TX

Loved the format! One of the best events I've attended.
Kilgore EDC, TX

Speakers were all experts in their own fields, hard to say if one was better than the other.
Great opportunity to meet in a small group environment - there was good interaction from the audience with each speaker which kept the sessions meaningful. The amphitheatre setting was great!

Greater Conroe EDC, TX

I liked the 2 person team presentation approach. It gave the opportunity for both presenters to offer something unique in their experience working with clients.
Tulare County Economic Development Corp, CA

Speakers are each experts with common skills/experience, but each also offered a slightly different specialty which worked really well with excellent agenda topics. Their personal relationship with each other also made the event fun. All the agenda topics were well thought out and in the right order.
This was a great event.

Lake County Partners, IL

All (presenters) stood out, all were very good and knew their subject content well.
One of the best events I've attended. I liked the 'interactive' approach!
Great panel discussion ... lot of synergies!

Frisco EDC,TX

I enjoyed and thought all of the information was a great asset to hear.

Burleson Economic Development Corporation,TX

All of the speakers were great. I loved the format and the free flow of information. The smaller group was great as the speakers were more at ease and went deeper into the topics.
Overland Park Economic Development Council, KS
The Consultants Forum – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Consultants Forum – Philadelphia Slideshow
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 EDC, PA

I always walk away with information I can use back home. Always first rate sessions.
Ames EDC, IA

Another strong Forum program.
Entergy New Orleans

Good range of pertinent topics overall.
Southern Oregon Regional Econ. Dev. Inc.

The level of expertise and knowledge of the presenters are excellent. The topics covered key issues facing economic developers today with insight and thought provoking discussions about future trends.
Minnesota DEED

Kudos on another great Forum!
Tampa Hillsborough EDC, FL

Great topics and networking. All sessions were relevant.
Prince William County Econ. Dev., VA

As always the AD team put together a program that energizes the group and makes us think.
Lake County IN Economic Alliance, IN

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 PA

FDI Forum - Atlanta, Georgia
The FDI Forum Slideshow
On behalf of our entire “Team Georgia”, I wanted to thank you for bringing the FDI Consultants Forum to our State. I want to also take this opportunity to compliment you on a truly great conference. We really enjoyed meeting the speakers and the content was again excellent. We look forward to the next one!
Georgia Dept of Economic Development

Top notch and professional.
Georgia Power

This was my first Forum. I found the content and program extremely informative and staff fantastic.
Connecticut Department of Community Development

The panels were very good and valuable to hear about the different point of views. Great set of speakers at this conference!!
Metro Atlanta Chamber

Enjoyed the conference – worthwhile
Niagara Region Economic Development

Strong conference . . . good information . . . very professional, credentialed array of speakers.
Duke Energy

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