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December 30, 2015
The Site Selection Dispatch
 
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    North American Reports features stories about munitions in Tennessee; Lexus in Kentucky; plastics in Idaho; data centers in Qu├ębec; Rolls-Royce in Indy; tires in Mississippi; and Lear and Amazon in Detroit.
 
    Farm-to-Factory-to-Table casts the spotlight on "Recipe for Change: The Flexible Food Processing Plant of the Future," the insightful new white paper from IAMC and SIOR, sponsored by Cresa.
 
    The IAMC Insider includes the inaugural letter from incoming Chair Samantha Turner, plus key takeaways from a recent Professional Forum discussion of net-zero buildings.
 
    Revved Up! explores why Montana was recently named the No. 1 state for entrepreneurs for the third year in a row.
 
    The reasons for moving to city centers are plentiful, but it's people who rank No. 1, in Where It's At.
 
CUSTOM CONTENT
 
    Knoxville-Oak Ridge | Innovation Valley
The Innovation Valley region of Tennessee is emerging as an economic game-changer with industries spanning everything from 3D printing to television programming.
 
 
 
CALIBAJA TAKES CENTER STAGE
 

The CaliBaja region is gearing up to host next year’s WORLD FORUM for Foreign Direct Investment, April 3-6, 2016, in San Diego, Calif.

In addition to the return to the WORLD FORUM stage of moderator extraordinaire Ali Velshi of Al Jazeera, confirmed speakers include Martin Ford, Silicon Valley star and author of "Rise of the Robots," recently named Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year; Peter Zeihan, author of "The Accidental Superpower" and firm believer in the role played by mountains, rivers and oceans in a nation’s competitive advantage; and former Fortune editor and current Editor-in-Chief of Yahoo Finance Andy Serwer. Contact lauramartin@conway.com for more information.

 
FROM THE ARCHIVES
 
 
  Oregon Trail: San Jose- and Singapore-based Avago Technologies last month purchased the Eugene Technology Center in Oregon from Korea's Hynix for the bargain price of $20 million. In 2004 Hynix Semiconductor America was completing the latest tranche of a cumulative $1.6-billion investment in the facility, where it then employed 850 making DRAM chips. By 2009, a year after the facility closed, at least one industry expert thought it might be good for solar energy manufacturing. Avago will reportedly use it to make chips for mobile phones.

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Upcoming Industry Events
 
Read about and link to these conferences and many more listed in the events calendar.
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Jan 24 - 26, 2016 - IEDC Leadership Summit - New Orleans, LA ( * )
Feb 23 - 24, 2016 - FDI Training - Istanbul, Turkey ( * )
Feb 27 - Mar 1, 2016 - World Free Zone Convention - Bangkok, Thailand ( * )
Mar 12 - 16, 2016 - IAMC Spring 2016 Professional Forum - New Orleans, LA ( * )
Mar 15 - 18, 2016 - 2016 Reed-MIPIM Conference - Cannes, France ( * )
Apr 3 - 6, 2016 - The World Forum for Foreign Direct Investment (WFDI) - San Diego, CA ( * )
Apr 11 - 15, 2016 - LNG 18 - Perth, Australia
Apr 19 - 20, 2016 - Georgia Logistics Summit - Atlanta, GA ( * )
May 18 - 20, 2016 - 2016 MAEDC - Best Practices Conference - Columbus, OH ( * )
Jun 6 - 9, 2016 - BIO International Convention - San Francisco, CA ( * )
Jun 19 - 21, 2016 - SelectUSA Investment Summit - Washington, DC
Sep 25 - 28, 2016 - IEDC Annual Conference - Cleveland, OH ( * )
Nov 16 - 18, 2016 - FABTECH - Las Vegas, NV
 
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