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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.

 2023 Conference Schedule
Consultants Forum 32   Sold OutFall Consultants Forum
Marriott Harbor Beach
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

December 11-13, 2023
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 2024 Conference Schedule
Workshop Forum   The Workshop Forum
Omni Hotel
Louisville, Kentucky

March 18-20, 2024
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Consultants Forum 35   Spring Consultants Forum
Marriott Oceanfront
Virginia Beach, Virginia

June 10-12, 2024
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Women Consultants Forum   Women in Economic Development Forum14
Sofitel Magnificent Mile
Chicago, Illinois
October 15-17, 2024
Consultants Forum 36   Fall Consultants Forum
December 2024
Attendee Feedback
2022 Fall Forum

“Area Development continues to be my favorite conference. Every time I attend, I am afforded great networking and professional development opportunities. Keep up the great work!“
Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development

“Great forum for exchange of ideas, best practices, and global trends. There's a great attendee to speaker ratio as well.“

“Overall, I thought this forum was great for receiving industry insights and how we can improve our efforts to attract the investments we want to see in our community.“
Indy Partnership, Indiana

“This was the best conference I have attended. The content was great and the consultants were all very approachable and interested in hearing from LEDO's.“
Northern Kentucky Tri-ED

“This was my first time attending an Area Development conference. It was excellent! I gained many valuable insights from the site consultants as well as fellow attendees from EDOs and utilities around the country!“
Lafayette Economic Development Authority, Louisiana

2022 Women in Economic Development Forum

“Loved the program and speakers this year. As always, love the venue!“
Arizona Public Service

“This is my favorite event in the year. The size of the group makes it easy to connect. There is a sense collaboration and not cutthroat competitiveness, so many great conversations have been had at this forum.“
Greater Oklahoma City Chamber

“The Women in Economic Development Forum was efficiently executed from top to bottom. The content was relevant and interesting, and the speakers were top-notch. I appreciated the concise timeframe for speaker presentations and plenty of breaks to digest the information.“
Henrico Economic Development Authority, Virginia

“The panel discussions and breakout sessions offered great networking opportunities and a chance to ask questions in a smaller group setting.“
Indiana Economic Development Corporation

“This is a great conference for networking and sharing ideas with EDO's across the country as well as direct interaction with site selectors.“
Michigan Economic Development Corporation

2022 Spring Forum

“I thought the forum was well organized. I appreciated that there was clear thought put into sponsoring good conversations with site selectors.“
Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance, Nevada

“The Consultants Forum 31 provided a great opportunity to network with the leading Site Consultants and like-minded communities. Looking forward to the next Consultants Forum.“
Central Florida Development Council

“Great event - good, knowledgeable speakers, insightful information.“
East Central Indiana Regional Partnership

“I think the entire Forum and complementary events were great. The content and the speakers were excellent! The receptions and dinners were tasteful, interesting, and wonderful opportunities for networking. The venues were all great too!“
Harrison County Economic Development Corporation, Indiana

“Always a great to learn best practices from the site selectors. Networking is good at these types of events with plenty of time to talk with folks. Always well run with great participation. Really enjoyed the sessions this year and the food as well. Looking forward to future events.“
Macomb County, Michigan

2022 Workshop Forum

“I was so impressed with this workshop! It was very well organized and efficient. I got so much out of the breakout sessions and the networking time. I thought it was a great variety of being on-site at the hotel and going off-site for dinner. The programming could not have been better, and I loved the location and the hotel!“
Northern Kentucky Tri-ED

“This was my first Area Development conference, I found it to be a wealth of professional development information for my role in economic development. I also found the presenters to be highly engaging, and just plain helpful. I stayed after most of my sessions to have a conversation with the presenter and returned to my office with several follow ups.“
Washington County Department of Business Development, Maryland

“Wonderful conference. It was a lot of useful and eye-opening information. And it was great networking with the consultants.“
City of Greenville, South Carolina

“Appreciated the site selection experts Area Development brought together for this conference and enjoyed hearing their insights and real-world case studies. Thanks!“
Economic Development Council of St. Charles County, Missouri

“Great group of site consultants. Interesting topics. Great set up for getting face time with the appropriate people. Good size of the conference.“
Gray Construction, North Carolina

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