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Consultants Forum17
Hilton Columbus Downtown
Columbus, Ohio
June 1 - 3, 2014
Consultants Forum 17
Plan To Attend

The 17th Consultants Forum will be held June 1-3, 2014, at the boutique style Hilton Downtown Hotel, Columbus, Ohio situated in the heart of the city�s many revitalized districts for art, sports, restaurants and entertainment. Organized by Area Development Magazine, The Consultants Forum series of events are considered the industry's premier conferences and a "must attend" for serious Economic Development practitioners.

This Forum will offer attendees a full program of presentations, roundtable discussions and panels on what will impact the site selection process as we head through 2014 and beyond. Led by an outstanding lineup of speakers from among today's most active site consultants, business advisors and industry executives this Forum will address the leading issues, strategies and best practices necessary for a successful Economic Development strategy as the economy continues to return to full recovery.

Substance and Style

The Consultants Forum is known for its limited seat boutique style format. The "all business", "concise", "no nonsense" program features engaging speakers and an excellent networking environment that fills your time productively.

Each program is designed to provide Economic Development professionals on all levels with a valuable insider's view of where the opportunities lie in the current markets and how they can positively affect your program's strategy in 2014 and beyond.


The Forum opens Sunday with an early evening Networking Reception and Dinner at the hotel. The Monday-Tuesday program is highly concentrated and designed to focus on those subjects and issues that will help you create a more affective Economic Development strategy. Each day's program includes a networking breakfast and lunch and a series of valuable networking breaks, where you have the opportunity to meet and talk with speakers and colleagues.

On Monday evening the Forum relaxes with a networking Reception and Dinner leaving you with enough time after to enjoy the city.

Following Tuesday's Closing Lunch you are ready to leave for home or office.

Hotel Stay

The Forum has a limited number of hotel rooms available at the conference rate of $149 per night on Sunday and Monday nights. Rooms can only be reserved after receiving your Forum registration form. For those wishing stays for the Friday, Saturday, Tuesday and/or Wednesday nights there are very limited rooms available and will only be available to those with paid Forum registrations.

The Consultants Forum Supports Community Plates

Community PlatesFounded in January 2011, Community Plates is committed to ending American food-insecurity through direct-transfer food rescue. Established as a 501(c)3 non-profit food-rescue platform, Community Plates is focused on transferring healthy, usable foods to where it can help feed those in need. This volunteer-driven, technology fueled process coordinates with restaurants, grocers, bakeries, caterers and other food-service organizations who have foods destined to be thrown away and delivers the food to soup-kitchens, food-pantries and other hunger relief organizations who serve food-insecure individuals and families.

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

Consultants Forum Columbus    Area Development
  Florida Power & Light Company
  Jobs Ohio
  Coulumbus Region
City of Columbus
REDI Cincinnati
Team Neo Cleveland
  Appalachian Partnership
  Dayton Development Coalition
Regional Growth Partner
  GROW Licking County Community Improvement Corporation
  Gray Construction
  Missouri Partnership
Fairfield 33 Development Alliance
Grow Piqua
Georgia Power
Tulare County
American Electric Power
Team Nevada
Buckeye Power

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