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 Forum Events
Consultants Forum25
Consultants Forum25
The Conrad
Indianapolis, Indiana
June 4-6, 2018
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Women Consultants Forum Women in Economic Development Forum9
Sofitel Magnificent Mile
Chicago, Illinois

September 30-October 2, 2018
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FDI Forum Canada Canadian FDI Forum3
Brookstreet Hotel
Ottawa, Ontario

October 22-24, 2018
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Consultants Forum25
Consultants Forum26
Eden Roc Hotel
Miami Beach, Florida
December 3-5, 2018
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Attendee Comments
e-Commerce Workshop Nashville

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 for the City of Highland. I look forward to the possibility of attending the Consultants Forum Workshop in the future!
City of Highland, Illinois

This forum provided some great insight on the E-Commerce industry and provided a chance to speak with consultants working these types of projects every day.

City of Valparaiso, Indiana

The event was great. This was my first Consultants Forum I have attended and was blown away by the professionalism, organization and the speakers by the event. I have already recommended that our office attend more of the events in the future.
Fresno County Economic Development Corporation, California

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

I enjoy these workshops because there is a lot of information in a relatively brief period. I appreciate "intense" learning!
One Southern Indiana

It was a very informative conference. Good speakers, and well organized. I like how compact it was.
Greater Louisville Inc., Kentucky

Consultants Forum St. Petersburg

Very well organized, great presentations that provided excellent information on current trends for ED. Really like info on e-commerce, place making, expedited permitting and workforce.
Manatee County Government, Florida

As someone new to the profession of Economic Development, I found the conference highly beneficial. The Area Development team have perfected the mix of classroom style learning and adequate networking time. I wouldn't hesitate (recommending) to attend an Area Development conference regardless of your role within your Economic Development organization.
Oakland County Economic Development & Community Affairs, Michigan

Enlightening and educational. Great opportunities to mix and mingle and gain perspectives from Economic Development colleagues from elsewhere in the country.
Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation, Florida

Great conference. Liked the variety of topics. All speakers were great.
MidAmerica Industrial Park, Oklahoma

I enjoyed the Forum very much. I think it was a good balance of presentation and interaction.
Great River Energy, Minnesota

Overall, these have been tremendous over the years and very helpful in helping us brand our region and build some solid relationships.
Central South Carolina Alliance

I was pleased with the quality of the content and speakers. I especially enjoyed the fast-paced "TED Talk " style format. The non-traditional topics, such as the opening keynote, were a great way to round out the program and provide some personal inspiration.
Muncie-Delaware County Economic Development Alliance, Indiana

Very impressed with the entire Forum. This was my first time attending and I felt there was a great deal of valuable information, and it was an excellent format.
Staunton Department of Economic Development, Virginia

Very informative conference that included good networking opportunities.
Ak-Chin Industrial Park Board, Arizona

It was great for me. Good consultants along with solid attendees. It was worth my time and money.
Greensboro Economic Development Alliance, North Carolina

It was my first attendance and asa sponsor. I thought the Forum was great from an educational standpoint and helped introduce the city to consultants.
City of St. Petersburg, Florida

Canadian FDI Forum Québec City

I thoroughly enjoyed the conference and would recommend it to other colleagues who are progressive in their efforts to grow their portfolios.
Portage Regional Economic Development, Manitoba

Venue was exceptional, networking opportunities were good and a positive outcome. The roundtables are a good opportunity for Economic Development colleagues to discuss more specific issues and those relevant to smaller or not Ontario based regions. I would attend again.
City of Morden, Manitoba

Good! validated a lot of the ideas and shortcomings that I had in mind.
The United Counties of Stormont, Dundas, Glengarry, Ontario

Great location. Good content and perfect number of participants.
Global NY – Empire State Development

Loved this forum! I thought it provided very good value, the sessions were overall quite informative, and the networking opportunities were good. Overall though, I really enjoyed it.

Sturgeon County Economic Development, Alberta

Overall, I found the forum to be both informative and an excellent opportunity for networking. With the smaller number of delegates, the ability to interact was positive.
Ontario East Economic Development Commission

It was a very interesting forum. I t was great to have had the opportunity to exchange with other economic developers outside of my province. We don't often have this opportunity.
IDE Saint-Eustache, Québec

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

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. I love the chance to network with a group of female leaders.

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

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

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