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Area Development
Conference & Forum Series
OutFront Workshop Forum
The Westin Book Cadillac
Detroit, Michigan
April 14-16, 2021
Workshop Forum

Area Development is pleased to bring it’s highly regarded Workshop Forum to The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit, April 14th-16th, 2021.

Limited to 100 attendees, the interactive program will provide the opportunity to hear from and engage face to face with 21 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 Forum opens Wednesday with a reception and dinner. The daily program consists of 45-minute boardroom sessions where attendees will hear from and engage face to face with speakers. The conference concludes Friday with a closing lunch.



2019 Sessions

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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