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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.

 Conference Schedule
Consultants Forum 35   Sold OutSpring 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
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Consultants Forum 36   Fall Consultants Forum
Loews Hotel
Coral Gables, Florida

December 9-11, 2024
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Attendee Feedback
2023 Workshop Forum

“Fantastic workshop! I got great time with the consultants, and everything ran very smoothly.”
Greater Memphis Chamber, Tennessee

“Wonderful conference again. Really good interaction with the consultants and they did a great job presenting relevant information.”
Orangeburg County Development Commission, South Carolina

“It was a great conference! I liked the smaller speaker sessions as they felt more personal and allowed me to meet more participants in the sessions. The second night dinner and networking were probably one of my favorite parts and when I made the most connections.”
Greater Louisville Inc., Kentucky

“Very well organized. Enjoyed the smaller session, and very knowledgeable and friendly speakers. It was a great opportunity to network, as well.”
Michigan Economic Development Corporation

“Content was fantastic by all speakers, looking forward to the slides. There is much I want to review.”
Charlotte Regional Business Alliance, North Carolina

“This was my first Workshop Forum, and it was excellent - exceeded my expectations. The event was well organized. The time for each session was perfect. The topics were timely, and the speakers were knowledgeable.”
Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development

2023 Spring Consultants 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

2023 Women in Economic Development Forum

“As a first-time attendee, this was an excellent forum. I really appreciate the emphasis placed on women in the field. The speakers were empowering, and I came away telling all my female coworkers to attend in the future!”
Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

“Excellent speakers, content and valuable networking; one of the best events I attend each year.”
LG&E and KU Energy, Kentucky

“Excellent conference, great content, great venue, great food. The size of the conference is perfect and allows for a lot of connectivity. All the consultants were fabulous.”
Frederick County Division of Economic Opportunity, Maryland

“This is the best event of the year, and we always look forward to attending. The content is always helpful, and the networking opportunities are great as well - enough time to get to know new people as well as catch up with previous connections. This forum is always well organized, from the follow up prior to the event to all sessions during. Thank you for all your hard work.”
Greater Oklahoma City Chamber

“It was a fantastic experience. The topics were right on point, the ono-on-one sessions were very insightful and networking with speakers and attendees was so helpful!”
Michigan Economic Development Corporation

“I loved the women's conference and made some great connections that I've already started following up on. The content was extremely helpful and relevant, and the networking was effective. I'll be back!”
Greater Louisville Inc., Kentucky

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