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
Workshop Forum OutFront Workshop Forum
The Jefferson Hotel
Richmond, Virginia

March 31-April 2, 2019
Consultants Forum 27
Consultants Forum27
Marriott City Center
Charlotte, North Carolina
June 3-5, 2019
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Women Consultants Forum Women in Economic Development Forum10
Sofitel Magnificent Mile
Chicago, Illinois

October 6-8, 2019
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FDI Forum Canada Canadian FDI Forum4
JW Marriott Ice District
Edmonton, Alberta

Oct 22-24 2019
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Consultants Forum 28
Consultants Forum28
The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston
Houston, Texas
December 8-10, 2019
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Attendee Comments

Consultants Forum Miami – December 2018

“As I have told my team when I returned, this was one of the best events I have attended in years. New relationships. Strong content. No egos.”
Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation, Maryland

“Thanks for being such gracious hosts the past three days. I enjoyed every aspect of the Consultants Forum; the content, the people and the venue. “
Dan Foster - Senior Managing Director, Newmark Knight Frank (speaker)

“It was a thoughtfully curated program on relevant and diverse economic development topics that suited a variety of experience levels. I always enjoy this Forum.”
Muncie-Delaware County Economic Development Alliance, Indiana

“The structure of this forum allows for intimate conversations among site consultants and economic development professionals. The number of attendees is perfect for great interaction and for forming long-term relationships.”
Regional Growth Partnership, Ohio

“The speakers were excellent and many of them I had never heard before. I appreciated the opportunity to network with consultants and colleagues.”
Manatee County Government, Florida

“I was very impressed with all the speakers and found the presentations to be very current, relevant and interesting. I was equally impressed with the number and quality of the attendees. I spent time with many economic developers and consultants that I have established relationships with. The environment fostered the strengthening of existing relationships and the building of new relationships.”
Julie Dow - Director, Economic Development, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics (speaker)

“This conference is an excellent way to share your communities’ story to consultants one-on-one. Great networking.”
Central Florida Development Council

“Very positive. Found the forum one of the most useful conferences I've been to.”
Delaware Prosperity Partnership

Canadian FDI Forum - Ottawa, October 2018

“Overall experience was excellent. Presentations were relevant with great speakers and content. Lots of opportunities to network with site selection consultants and Canadian economic developers.”
Saskatchewan Ministry of Trade and Export Development

“Liked the overall program and felt we had good opportunities for direct one on one time with site selectors.”
City of Woodstock, Ontario (Sponsor)

“Since it was my very first forum, I would say it was quite a success! The subjects of the conferences were spot on and very relevant according to what we must do as EDOs. I really enjoyed meeting other people working in the field from different region and exchanging about our practices.”
Quebec International

“My first attendance to the Forum. Very well organized and run. The speakers delivered a good combination of insights and trends with how the specific of how it impacts Canada and how Canada is seen globally or on a North American scale.”
Opportunities New Brunswick

Women in Economic Development – Chicago, September 2018

This Forum provided insight into many areas of the changing landscape in business attraction and workforce needs. I truly enjoyed every speaker.
Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast

This Forum was invigorating and well put together. I really enjoyed the roundtable discussions and panelists. Looking forward to next year.
Port Corpus Christi Authority, Texas

I thoroughly enjoyed my first-time experience at the Consultants Forum. It was my first all-women's event and it was so empowering, inspiring, and insightful. It was a very organized and well-thought-through event. The attention to detail was very much appreciated. The speakers, hotel, food, were all aspects that made it a wonderful experience for me.
Community Development Foundation, Mississippi

I had a great experience at the forum. As a corporate attendee, it was great for me to meet lots of economic developers and hear what their needs are, as well as to hear the different consultants’ perspectives. The forum was well-paced and not too busy.
Site Selection Group, Dallas, Texas

Consultants Forum Indianapolis - June 2018

Again, I walked away smarter than when I arrived. Great speakers in a greater venue with wonderful networking opportunities.
Greater Mankato Growth Inc., Minnesota

Best consultant event I've attended. The group dynamics were terrific, the consultants were friendly and engaging, the venue was terrific.
Henrico County Economic Development Authority, Virginia

Fantastic experience as always. Great consultants and great presentations. Always enjoy the turnout of consultants at the dinner and networking reception…something you don’t get at other conferences.
Winston-Salem Business Inc., North Carolina

Since this was the first forum I had the pleasure to attend, I was pleasantly pleased with the access and the information that was presented. My time was well spent.
MetroHartford Alliance, Connecticut

RFP Workshop - Atlanta, April 2018

This RFP Academy Workshop is the event every economic development professional should sign up for, regardless of how well you think you know the process! It is well-worth the investment of time and resources! This was undoubtedly one of the best practical learning experiences I've ever attended!
Delaware Division of Small Business, Development, and Tourism

This was one of the better events that I have attended as an economic development professional. I was able to learn about key aspects I should focus on to improve my RFI/RFP. The small size also allowed for wonderful networking time with the consultants. I attended a large Site Selectors event right before this and can say that I got more out of this Workshop than that event.
Seguin Economic Development Corporation

Excellent! Probably the best conference/workshop I've attended within this profession. The small class size plus the consultants who attended made this a great experience. I learned a lot and have many takeaways from the program that I hope to utilize in my profession. If offered again, I will make plans to attend and will NOT tell my peers as this is too good to share with those that didn't come!
Development Authority for the City of Milledgeville & Baldwin County, Georgia

E-Commerce Workshop - Nashville, March 2018

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 (Sponsor)

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