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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.

 2020-2021 Event Schedule
Women Consultants Forum Women in Economic Development Forum11
Sofitel Magnificent Mile
Chicago, Illinois
October 4-6
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Executive Summit
Executive Summit
Montage Deer Valley
Park City, Utah
November 15-17
By Invite Only
Consultants Forum 30
Consultants Forum30
Marriott Water Street
Tampa, Florida
December 9-11
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Consultants Forum Workshop OutFront Workshop Forum2
The Westin Book Cadillac
Detroit, Michigan

April 14-16, 2021
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FDI Forum Canada   Canadian FDI Forum5
Hotel Bonaventure
Montréal, Quebec

May 17-19, 2021
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Attendee Feedback
Consultants Forum Houston - December 2019

This was my first Consultants Forum I have attended. I was impressed with the information provided and the speakers. I look forward to attending the next Consultants Forum and continue to build relationships with my peers and the speakers.

Pasadena Economic Development Corporation, Texas (sponsor)

It was an all-around great Forum and I am thankful for the opportunity to attend. I hope to attend the next one in Richmond this coming spring.
Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development

Great job Area Development team. This was my first event with you and was thoroughly impressed by the entire operation, including venue, speaker line up, content, and access. I look forward to making this an annual event on my calendar. Thank you for a great event.
Ogden City Business Development, Utah

Excellent! Great variety of topics, thought-provoking subjects with lots of food for thought, ample opportunities to interact with consultants or commiserate/compare notes/learn from other economic developers' experiences.
Tampa Bay Economic Development Council, Florida

First Area Development in three years (private sector break). I have to say the quality has gotten better. Kudos and another great event.

Henry County Development Authority, Georgia

This is the best Economic Development Conference out there. The connections made are a great return on investment.
Central Florida Development Council

First time attendee, great forum with excellent consultants.
Harlingen Economic Development Corporation (sponsor)


Canadian FDI Forum - Edmonton, October 2019

I thought the array of speakers were excellent and very useful for anyone in the FDI business. I particularly thought the Talent/labor sessions were powerful and I enjoyed the round table. Finally, well organized and run. A first-class event.
Edmonton Global (sponsor)

It was the first of this kind that I attend as a new employee in the federal government. The whole event was highly professional and well-organized, the logistics worked great and the flow between sequences of events/panels were very good.
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Great conference. Love how accessible the speakers are and that they stick around for the entire event. I think that is a major competitive advantage for the Canadian FDI Forum.
City of Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta (sponsor)

Excellent content and speakers. Great venue. Overall very satisfied and would do it again.
Brampton Economic Development Office, Ontario (sponsor)

This was my first forum and I will return. The information provided was timely and informative and the roundtable discussions provided a deeper dive into the site selection world, especially for current information.
City of Camrose, Alberta

This was my second participation. I really enjoyed the "forward" looking / technology focus of the conference.
Sherbrooke Innopole, Quebec

This year's forum provided strong presentations and a lot of material that has already led to some constructive follow ups and valuable tools that I was able to share with my community.
City of Abbotsford, British Columbia

Another excellent Canadian FDI Forum. Great content, speakers and networking
Government of Saskatchewan (sponsor)


Women in Economic Development - Chicago, October 2019

As a first-time attendee and sponsor, I was very impressed with intelligent presentations and level of engagement by the consultant attendees. I felt welcomed, inspired and educated after spending time with these very accomplished female leaders. It was worth both my time and my company's investment, and I look forward to attending in future years.
Ameren, Missouri (sponsor)

I really love this conference! It is a great opportunity to network and gain new knowledge! Really enjoyed the ED speakers being part of the panelists.
Team NEO, Ohio

This was my first time attending the Forum. It's one of the best ED conferences I've attended. Content, presenters, food, venue, etc. were all top notch. Amy Geber was a fantastic moderator.
Commerce Lexington, Kentucky (sponsor)

I thought the forum was very well organized, the speakers were great and represented a wide range of topics, and there was enough time built into network with others.

Clinton Regional Development Group, Iowa

I derived a lot of value from the forum - both from an educational standpoint and from networking. Having an all-women’s event really fostered a sense of comradery and community. I look forward to attending next year’s forum.
Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade

I thought this was very well structured and the content was great. The presentations were well thought out and well delivered by everyone. It was great to have the panel of economic developers included and to have a presentation and topic such as Lisa Clarke's. It made for a well-rounded set of presentations.
JobsOhio

The forum was an excellent program for anyone at any stage of her economic development career. I enjoyed all the speakers and each presenter's willingness to talk during breaks. Bravo Dennis!
Dixie Electric Membership Corporation, Louisiana

As always, I find it very valuable to have face time with site selectors and to exchange ideas with peers from around the US.
Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation


Consultants Forum Charlotte - June 2019

The Consultants Forum was an excellent way to hear from industry experts and consultants. The networking times and roundtables were valuable to ask questions and create connections. The value of connecting with some of the leading consultants in the country is very beneficial.
JobsOhio

Excellent forum, the variety of speakers with diverse backgrounds and experiences made the conference information so practical and helpful. Your team always does a stellar job.
ElectriCities of North Carolina (sponsor)

Great Forum as always. Made a few brand-new contacts, reconnected with old contacts, and generated a new project out of it. Thanks guys!
Denton Economic Development Partnership, Texas

The number of attendees makes the Forum size just right to allow meaningful conversations with site consultants without having to wait in a long line.
Regional Growth Partnership, Ohio

The Forum was outstanding. Speakers were outstanding. Glad our Secretary of Commerce could be present - thanks so much.
Valparaiso Economic Development Corporation, Indiana (sponsor)

Overall, a very good experience. The consultants were present and accessible for a very good amount of time, allowing for great networking.
Invest Buffalo Niagara, New York

Great experience. The quality of speakers and presentations was excellent. The presentations were much more professional than I have seen at similar events run by other organizations. Very well done.
Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, South Carolina


Workshop Forum - Richmond, March 2019

Area economic developers up their courtship with site selectors

I adored this workshop. The small group environment allowed us to ask questions and get feedback. Other communities shared with each other and collaborated to give examples and find solutions. I was grateful to attend. I only regret not being able to attend every session.
Tulsa Regional Chamber, Oklahoma

The Consultants Workshop experience was outstanding. Each breakout session was on point with experienced, seasoned leaders. The down time was great as it gave us time to get to know each other personally. Thank you for your outstanding forum.
Southwest Florida Economic Development Alliance

One of my favorite Area Development programs.
Henrico County Virginia Economic Development Authority, Virginia (sponsor)

The small workshops sessions provided great information and opportunities to ask direct questions to the site consultants and other experts. Enjoyed the networking opportunities/events. Well organized. Great venue.
Jefferson County Development Authority, West Virginia

I thought the size of the conference was perfect. It was big enough to get really great information but small enough to make actual connections with each other.
Albuquerque Economic Development, Inc., New Mexico

Excellent workshop as always. Excellent, relevant, and useful content. No-nonsense nor irrelevant fluff.
Development Authority of Jefferson County, Georgia



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