Key Dates in the History of Conway, Inc.
1952Conducts the first regional Science-Industry Conference in Winston-Salem, NC.
1953Conducts the Southern Industrial Wastes Conference in New Orleans, LA. This pioneering effort to establish environmental planning standards occurs long before the federal government becomes involved in the issue.
1954Launches Industrial Development, the first publication devoted to Investment geography, corporate facility planning and area development. This magazine would later be renamed Site Selection.
1956Launches the Site Selection Handbook, the first comprehensive compilation of data on development organizations.
Purchases Manufacturers Record, a Baltimore-based publication that dates back to the 1880’s. It would later be merged with Industrial Development.
1958Introduces the Community Audit, which is subsequently adopted in communities around the world.
1959Produces Blueprint for Progress motion picture, which wins second prize at the International File Festival in Puerto Rico.
1960Authors the Area Development Guide, a text for community and area economic developers.
Conducts Editorial Survey of the United Kingdom, the first of many such studies of nations around the globe.
1961Creates the Industrial Development Research Council and conducts very first IDRC seminar in New York, NY. IDRC would later become CoreNet Global.
1962Publishes Sites for Science, an early study of the potential for research parks.
1963Conway’s Weather Handbook is selected by the New York Public Library as one of the best reference books of the year.
1965Selected to prepare Invest in the USA report for distribution by U. S. Consulates overseas.
Conducts the first Inter-American Development Conference for the U.S. State Department in Caracas, Venezuela.
1968Publishes the first annual report on the legislative climates of all 50 states.
Publishes the Glossary of Terminology for Facility Planners, IDRC’s first research report.
1970Conducts first national seminar on Fly-In Development at Cape Kennedy, FL.
Publishes Corporate Facility Planning Survey report.
1972Establishes annual Conway/IDRC award for outstanding work in environmental planning.
1974Produces first Survey of Salaries and Job Responsibities for Corporate Facility Planners report.
1976Publishes Industrial Facility Planning book.
1977Publishes The Airport City book.
1978Publishes New Industries of the Seventies book.
1980Drafts Code of Ethics for IDRC professionals working in geo-economic field.
1981Publishes industry's first Survey of Consultants report.
1982Launches The Site Report, a register of new corporate facilities.
1983Launches SiteNet, the first telecommunications system serving the development field. This unique electronic information service would later become a portal on the World Wide Web.
1985Plans and builds a Geo-Economics Research Center in Technology Park/Atlanta, GA.
1986Opens IDRC World Site Scan Laboratory at headquarters building in Atlanta, GA.
1989Publishes the SiteNet World Guide.
1990Establishes IDRC Europe chapter.
Presents the first Conway Safe Skies Award in honor of heroism to protect air travelers from acts of terrorism.
1991Publishes the Site World book of global corporate strategies.
Leads delegation to Hong Kong and Singapore to lay groundwork for IDRC Asia-Pacific chapter.
1992Conducts the first World Development Council conference in Hawaii.
1993Launches the GeoFax document delivery system.
1994Publishes Geo-Economics: The New Science.
Holds historic seminars in Hong Kong and Tokyo.
1995SiteNet electronic information service moves to the World Wide Web.
Conway Data, Inc. moves into new world headquarters facility in Technology Park in Norcross, GA, a Northeast Atlanta suburb in Gwinnett County.
2002Establishes the Industrial Asset Management Council, a professional association of senior facility executives at large manufacturing companies. In just 12 months, the organization grows to more than 260 members.
2003In partnership with the U.S.-Cuba Trade Association, hosts the U.S.-Cuba Business Conference in Cancun and Havana.
2004Site Selection publishes its 50th anniversary edition in January.
2008Site Selection magazine launches Global Best to Invest rankings.
2011The passing of Founder McKinley “Mac” Conway.
2012Conway Data, Inc. acquires New York-based The Pont Group and creates the Conway PR & Marketing Division.
Conway Data, Inc. Acquires London-based Red Hot Locations (now Conway Events), a globally respected FDI event management firm which organizes the annual World Forum for Foreign Direct Investment.
IAMC celebrates 10th Anniversary in Omaha, Neb.
2013Launches the Global FDI Association.
2013Conway Data, Inc. opens up Asian office in Penang, Malaysia.
Conway Data acquires Berlin-based Terrain Consulting and creates Conway Advisory Division.
2014Launches Custom Content division.
Opens offices in Auckland, New Zealand.
2015Relaunches the New Plant Database as the Conway Projects Database, along with a revamped and expanded Conway Analytics Report.