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Area Development
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 Event Schedule
FDI Forum Canada   The Workshop Forum
The StateView Hotel
Raleigh, North Carolina

March 28-30, 2022
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FDI Forum Canada   Canadian FDI Forum5
Hotel Bonaventure
Montréal, Quebec

May 2-4, 2022
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Consultants Forum 30   Consultants Forum31
Hilton Downtown
Columbus, Ohio

June 15-17, 2022
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Women Consultants Forum   Women in Economic Development Forum12
Sofitel Magnificent Mile
Chicago, Illinois

October 17-19, 2022
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Consultants Forum 32   Consultants Forum32
The Vinoy Renaissance
St. Petersburg, Florida

December 4-6, 2022
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Attendee Feedback
Women in Economic Development - Chicago, October 2021

This forum for women was excellent, as always. It was two days of learning, sharing, networking, and spending time with experienced and professional women.
Lawton Fort Sill Economic Development Corporation, Oklahoma

Excellent event, speakers, topics, timing, food! I look forward to returning!
GREATER MSP, Minnesota

Fantastic agenda and great group of women to network with and learn from.
Virginia Economic Development Partnership

This has been one of the best consultant events I've been to post-COVID. I enjoyed the smaller size of the group which allowed me ample opportunity to get some quality time with all the consultants. I felt that the conference was content rich, and the subjects discussed were extremely relevant. Wonderful event, looking forward to attending again with my colleagues.
West Virginia Department of Economic Development

Even after nearly 25 years as an economic developer, there's still much to be learned! This dynamic group of women brought forth energy, insights, and new ideas to help us be more effective in helping our communities by attracting new investment.
Rowlett Economic Development, Texas

The whole forum was just great. I was definitely in the mood for some positive camaraderie and was delighted to find that and then so much more. Every session held my attention, I usually drift off after about ten minutes, but these sessions were so on point and delivered by the best of the best. Thank you so much.
Indiana Michigan Power

This was my second Consultants Forum event and I continue to be impressed with the quality of speakers and participants. The event hosts go out of their way to ensure that participants are connecting with appropriate consultants and like-minded peers. Additionally, the keep you well informed leading up to the event and provide a useful program that makes it easy to follow up with peers and consultants.
Golden Isles Development Authority, Georgia


Detroit Workshop Forum – July 2021

The Detroit Workshop Forum is my first time attending an Area Development event. The event was well organized, and the consultants’ subject matter was very valuable.
The Borderplex Alliance, Texas

I liked the small group format for the sessions. It encouraged attendees to speak up and ask questions.
Wayne County Economic Development Department, Michigan

Enjoyed attending this form for the first time. Networking and presentations were great.
Goshen County Economic Development Corporation, Wyoming

Thanks, for working hard to put together a great forum.
Detroit Regional Partnership


Consultants Forum Richmond – June 2021

“Not only do we gain valuable insight and connections to site selectors, developers, and others that can bring great impact to our area, but we always get to expand our network just a little bit wider with fellow EDOs around the country and learn so much in that process.”
Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission, Louisiana

“Overall, the Richmond Consultants Forum was quite positive and mix of attending consultants with their expertise was valued.”
Loudon County Economic Development, Virginia

“The conference presenters were excellent presenting on relevant topics in today's post COVID world. The best part of the conference are the breakout sessions.”
Entergy Louisiana

“I really enjoyed the event (my first Forum), and I will be back in Tampa.”
Rockwall Economic Development Corporation, Texas

“Amazing content. Great ratio of Site Selectors to Economic Developers.”
Central Florida Development Council

“Overall enjoyed the interaction with the consultants.”
Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority

“Very nice group of Consultants.”
Duke Energy, North Carolina


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