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.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Ft. Lauderdale December Forum - Sold Out By July 4th?

The next Consultants Forum in December at the "W" Hotel on Ft. Lauderdale Beach is proving to be a "hot" event.  More than 80 EDO registrants have reserved one of the 100 available seats for delegates. Sponsorships are in equally in demand with only a few sponsor opportunities remaining.

Greater Ft Lauderdale Alliance, Florida Power & Light and Enterprise Florida are the lead Host Sponsors. Eight (8) Florida Host Partner Sponsors are available for Florida stakeholders.

The list of speakers is nearly complete as many leading site consultants have expressed an interest in having speaker roles at this Forum. Announcement of speakers will be available later this summer.

For more information on attending or sponsorships contact Annie Gregson or Dennis Shea for more information.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Columbus Consultants Forum Closes With High Marks

Economic developers from 35 states heard from what they said in post evaluation was an "A" list of site consultants, corporate executives and industry thought leaders. Topics including issues effecting the auto industry, advanced manufacturing, data centers, food processing, technology industry and EB-5 strategies were among the dozen presentations in this "all business" program that also included panel and daily roundtable discussions.

The Columbus Region, Jobs Ohio and its six Regional Partners and the City of Columbus were leading Host Sponsors along with 12 other supporting sponsors of this Forum. 

Those speakers and attendees who had not been to Columbus in recent years were greatly surprised by the new development and growth the city is experiencing. Attendees were very pleased with the Forum venue at the new "boutique" Hilton Hotel situated between the redeveloped Arena and Short North Districts that allowed all to experience and enjoy the city's many visitor offerings.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The June (Columbus Ohio) Consultants Forum Opens For Registration

The 17th Consultants Forum comes to Ohio for the first time in its eight year history and it appears this  Forum is on track to be completely sold out well before its June 1st opening.

As of this post more than 80 EDCs are already registered to attend this limited seat boutique style event (100 delegates).  Of 18 Sponsorships only five (5) remain available.

Energy Forum Closing for Registration March 21

The Energy Forum to be held in Dallas at the Las Colinas Four Seasons Hotel will close for registration by March 21. Limited seats remain available.

The conference focuses on the investment opportunities and job growth potential that EDCs will encounter as the nation's vast new energy reserves are opened. The program explores the positive impact on general and advanced manufacturing, energy related industries and suppliers, and FDI that will benefit every state whether energy producing or non-producing .

Speakers will address the marketing opportunities and strategies every EDC should include in their prospect development plans.   

Monday, December 16, 2013

Sold Out Charleston Event Ends Another Successful Consultants Forum Year

Mother Nature raised havoc with travel schedules of attendees and speakers alike as both faced weather issues in reaching Charleston, SC. The South Carolina economic development slogan "The Right Place" proved appropriate as most all found their way to the Forum escaping the early winter storms that hit around the country.

The conference agenda covered  a variety of critical subjects. However, central to nearly all the presentations was the emergence of "new energy" and the need for workforce availability and development  and what impact both will have on the near and long term of economic development programs.

Post  attendee evaluations ranked the Charleston Forum one of the highest for quality content, speaker presentation, networking opportunity and overall value of the 35 Forums produced by Area Development in this eight year series.

The 2014 Forum series is now open for registration and sponsorship reservations.      

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Women in Economic Development Forum Breast Cancer Foundation Contribution

The feedback on the Forum’s program, our speakers and the Sofitel venue has been overwhelmingly positive. With so much enthusiasm generated from this year’s Forum we look forward to scheduling a 5th Annual Women in Economic Development Forum for 2014. The dates will be announced in the coming weeks.

Also, The Consultants Forum will make a contribution of $1,000 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation in the name of the 2013 Women in Economic Development Forum participants.

Again thank you for being part of this year’s program.


Annie Gregson,
Conference Director

Dennis Shea
President/Publisher,  Area Development & The Consultants Forum

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Women In Economic Development Forum Receives Strong Positive Response

The feedback from the nearly 100 professionals and 17 speakers in attendance at the 4th Annual Women in Economic Development Forum that took place in Chicago last week has been overwhelmingly positive. This comment from Shawnda Combs, Economic Development Director, Preble County Development Partnership, Ohio (and a regular Consultants Forum attendee) seemed to capture the WEDF’s essence best.

“All I can say is that this was probably the best conference I’ve been to in the last 3 years.  I’ve never gone to a gender specific conference but I’m so glad that I did!

The content was great, the dialog was informative, and the ability to discuss the nature-of-the-beast without having to be politically correct made the event a real pleasure to attend.

I had/have mentors and saw myself in many of the young women who attended.  This conference is super important for those coming up the ranks but also for those of us who are seasoned and need to see just how much we’ve grown and overcome.  I have recommended the conference to at least 4 other women and hope they will all consider attending next year. Great job!"

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

2014 Forum Registration Now Available- Early Bird Savings Apply

Registration is now open for all 2014 Forums with Early Bird Rates (EBR) available to the first 50 paid registrants at each Forum that saves $200 off regular event registration fees.

Also several EDCs are taking advantage of an additional 5% registration savings by reserving under the 4 or More program in 2014. In this offer your organization can register 4 or more seats at one or  any combination of 2014 Forums and decide later on who will attend. Click here for more details.