Ron Starner

Executive Vice President, Conway Data Inc.
6625 The Corners Parkway, Suite 200
Peachtree Corners, GA 30092 • USA
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Conway Data Expands Again, Partners with Janus Institute

Publisher of Site Selection Magazine forms alliance with economic development organization noted for producing the hugely popular Janus Forum meetings.

ATLANTA, Ga. (August 26, 2013) – Conway Data Inc., publisher of the award-winning Site Selection Magazine and organizer of The World Forum for Foreign Direct Investment, has announced a new partnership with the Janus Institute for the purpose of delivering best-in-class peer learning to economic developers.

The Janus Forum, held annually in scenic Northeast Georgia on Lake Rabun, brings together invited economic developers from around the country to assess critical issues currently affecting the profession and shaping its future. Launched five years ago by noted site consultant Robert Pittman, the Janus Institute serves as the administrative home of the Forum and disseminates the results of the Forum to attendees of the yearly gathering. The Institute also offers other services – including assessments and strategy recommendations – to the profession and communities.

The new partnership between Conway Data and Janus was announced at the Forum held last week in historic Lakemont, Ga. “Robert Pittman is respected nationwide for his knowledge, expertise and leadership in site selection and economic development consulting,” said Ron Starner, executive vice president of Conway Data. “By forming this alliance with Pittman and the Janus Institute, we will be able to enhance the already superior offerings of this organization and deliver comparable programs in other regions of the country and beyond. Peer-to-peer learning is how this profession advances itself at the fastest rate, and we are committed to ensuring that the best-in-class learning experience that takes place at the Janus Forums is maintained and broadened so that it becomes accessible to the most highly motivated practitioners in the field – wherever they may be.”

Pittman described the partnership as a good match of complementary strengths: “Conway Data is internationally recognized for their industry-leading publications, meetings and other professional services to corporations and economic development agencies. CDI is the perfect partner to make the Janus Forum experience available to a broader set of economic developers across the country and abroad,” he said.

Experts in leadership development, aerospace and social media facilitated a series of participant-driven workshops at the most recent Janus Forum in Georgia, attended by about 40 high-level professionals. Conway Data and the Janus Institute anticipate holding at least three such Forums in 2014 and even more in future years, according to Starner. “We will not change the model created by Pittman and the Janus team,” he added. “Rather, we will build upon its solid foundation and Conway's five decades of managing first-class events to make it even better!”

For more information, please contact Conway Data at 770-446-6996 or email Ron Starner at