Area Development Conference and Forum Series
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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 Forums
Women Consultants Forum 6th Annual Women in Economic Development
Sofitel Chicago Water Tower
Chicago, Illinois

October 25 - 27, 2015
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Consultants Forum20TS2 TS2 - Consultants Forum20
Four Seasons Resort Orlando
Orlando, Florida
December 6 - 8, 2015
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The FDI Forum The Public Power Consultants Forum
One Ocean Resort
Atlantic Beach (Jacksonville), Florida
March 21 - 23, 2016
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Advanced Technology Forum Advanced Technology Forum
Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas
Las Vegas, Nevada
April 24 - 26, 2016
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Consultants Forum21 Consultants Forum21
Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis
St. Louis, Missouri
June 5 - 7, 2016
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 2015 Consultants Forums
The FDI Forum
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The Public Power Consultants Forum
Hutton Hotel
Nashville, Tennessee
March 30 - April 1, 2015
The FDI Forum
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The FDI Forum
Four Seasons Hotel
Atlanta, Georgia
April 12 - 14, 2015
Consultants Forum19
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Consultants Forum19
Four Seasons Hotel
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
May 31 - June 2, 2015
The FDI Forum
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Consultants Forum Workshop
Four Seasons Resort at Las Colinas
Dallas, Texas
September 20-21, 2015

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

All the speakers were high quality. I felt I would miss important points if I left the room even to make a phone call. From past experience, I know Area Development will deliver an excellent program.

This was the best economic development conference that I have ever attended in my 31 years of experience. Excellent all the way around. I was totally surprised by how good it was. I plan to attend others in the future. The whole conference was fantastic.
Illinois Municipal Electric Agency

The speakers provided unvarnished views on the site selecting process.
City of Anderson, IN

Every speaker was well prepared and told me things I wanted, and needed to know. They were all impressive. The Forum was very well organized with a great group of presenters. There was no session I felt like I could skip. A first class event. The networking opportunities were great and there were plenty of opportunity to talk individually with the consultants, which was very valuable.
Kennett, MO Board of Public Works

As a new economic developer, the consultants� candid comments were invaluable. I also appreciated the way the program adhered to the time schedule. The insights from the site selectors were invaluable, and the networking opportunities allowed me to connect with and learn from colleagues across the country. I look forward to attending other Area Development forums in the future.
Denton Municipal Electric/City of Denton, TX

All speakers were excellent, and the information and open discussion stood out as exceptional.
San Antonio Econ. Dev. Foundation, TX

I want you to know the event was tremendous. Your speakers were the best continuous group of presentations I have heard at any conference in a very long time if not ever and were right on for the audience in attendance. Thanks for making it another first class event that was worth the cost of attendance.
North Mississippi Industrial Development Association

I really enjoyed the forum this week and will definitely plan on attending other Area Development events in the future. Please make sure I'm added to your distribution list so I can keep up with �all things AD�.
Clarksville-Johnson County Regional Chamber of Commerce. AR

These are top notch events. I attended the (Atlanta) Forum to reconnect with a few consultants and make some new friends. It worked! I walked away with a genuine first-class project.
Taylor Economic Development Corporation (TX)

Our staff has worked diligently for almost a year on this Sierra Pacific Brewery project � (we) learned about this opportunity while attending the Renewable Energy site-consultant conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
AdvantageWest (NC) press release

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The Consultants Forum Supports Community Plates

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The Consultants Forum is pleased to support this relief service by providing all the unused food from our events to Community Plates. We will continue to support Community Plates at locations of all future Consultants Forum events.

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