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Area Development
Conference & Forum Series
OutFront Workshop Forum
The Westin Book Cadillac
Detroit, Michigan
March 30-April 1, 2020
Workshop Forum

Area Development is pleased to bring it’s highly regarded Workshop Forum to The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit, March 30th-April 1st, 2020.

Limited to 75 attendees, the interactive program will provide the opportunity to hear from and engage face to face with leading site consultants and industry experts, featuring multiple breakout-room sessions and roundtable discussions. Attendees will pre-select the consultant-led sessions creating an agenda most relevant to their economic development strategy.


The event opens Monday evening at the hotel. The daily schedule consists of sessions and discussions where attendees can network with speakers and colleagues. On Tuesday everybody will enjoy a night out at the offsite Dinner.

2019 Workshop Selected Sessions

A Rapidly Changing Auto Industry | A View from the Corporate Side | Consumer Behavior and Changes to the Supply Chain | Defining Gen-Z  | eCommerce is Changing Expectations | FDI Attraction | Grow Your New Economy Workforce | How Prospects are Handling Tariffs | Marketing Property to the Food Industry | Middle-Market Lessons | Navigating Your Project’s Legal Issues | New Technologies will Impact Site Decisions | Promoting & Attracting Entrepreneurship | Site Preparedness as a Strategy | What’s Ahead in the Project Pipeline



Preliminary Schedule


2019 Workshop Feedback

“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.”
Tulsa Regional Chamber, Oklahoma

“The 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

“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

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