IMTS Insider -December 2009

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Chicago's Convention Business: Good News from the Bad News

It isn't often that trade shows and conventions are front page news, but recent developments have placed the industry in that position in Chicago. Two announcements, the first by the HIMSS Show (Healthcare), then the second a week later by the SPI Show (Plastics) that they are departing McCormick Place for Las Vegas and Orlando, respectively, have created a media storm around the operators of McCormick Place, the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA).

While the departure of these shows has focused more attention on the problems, IMTS show management has been an active participant in a number of efforts to improve services at McCormick Place.
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Business

Economic News

The analysts who monitor the manufacturing sector are convinced that it hit bottom during June of 2009. The next question is when capital investment in new production equipment will begin to materialize in the form of new orders. This was the focus of a recent webinar hosted by IMTS.
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Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

Last week's jobless report was the best since the recession began. But when a 10 percent unemployment rate is viewed as good news, it's obvious that our elected leaders still have a lot of work to do to get our economy growing again.
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Here Comes the Sun

Even though the temperature outdoors is dropping, a bipartisan group of lawmakers is warming to the idea of encouraging companies to invest in the manufacture of solar energy products. The Solar Manufacturing Jobs Creation Act has been introduced in both the House and the Senate. Perhaps Congress is finally getting the message that if we are to be at the forefront of innovation in clean energy, we must have programs that encourage investment in new manufacturing technologies and equipment.
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Technology

More than 240 ISO Technical Product Specification standards now available on CD-ROM

ISO has just launched a compilation on CD-ROM of its entire collection of Technical Product Specification standards, which are essential to manufacturing on a global basis and provide a common language for product and contract specification and other communication along global supply chains .
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Exhibitor Style

Sign Up Now for Exhibitor's Workshop

The IMTS Exhibitor's Workshop is designed to equip you with tools you need to be successful at IMTS. From marketing tips to ways to design the most effective booth, attendance at the workshop is certain to make your IMTS experience more successful. This year, these workshops are coming to six different cities, saving you both travel time and costs.
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Exhibitors: Please Update Your Company Profile

Be sure that IMTS show management has the most recent information on your company.
» Check your company profile

Upcoming Webinar: Pre-Show Promotions - Thursday, January 7, 2010 @ 11:00 am EST

It's time to start thinking about pre-IMTS promotion. Steve Miller and AMT marketing staff will review some of the tips and tricks you can use to attract visitors to your booth and help you spend less doing it.
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Get a Jump on Your 2010 PR Campaign

It's the ideal time to start putting your IMTS 2010 public relations plan in place so that in February you can immediately begin to use your IMTS E-Kit's public relations tools. Everything you need to develop a successful PR campaign for IMTS will be part of the E-Kit.
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Attractions

New at IMTS 2010: Industry Inspiration Day

Coming for the first time at IMTS 2010: Industry Inspiration Day, a special event to kick off the Industry & Technology Conference. This opening day event will take place on Monday, September 13, 2010 .
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New McCormick Place Chef Will Make For a Tastier IMTS

Chicago Restaurant Partners, the exclusive food service provider for McCormick Place, is changing its convention center catering one guest at a time. It has named internationally trained chef Hans Lentz as its new Executive Chef.
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Go Guide Chicago

Get a Lift from O'Hare or Midway with Go Airport Express

IMTS exhibitors and attendees can look forward to upgraded transportation service between McCormick Place, O'Hare and Midway Airports via GO Airport Express. Special discount pricing will be available during IMTS and service will be available from the airports to both downtown and McCormick Place.
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Today in History, Tomorrow Who Knows?

Today in history ... seems to have been significant regarding the leaps and bounds technology has come. But with every advancement we make as a society, we are challenged as a people to remember the potential ethical impact of technology .
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