Nashville, The Music City, Welcomes You to The 2016
INFORMS Annual Meeting
Nashville, Tennessee, is a city that resonates with life and vibrates to the beat of every type of music. Named one of the “Best Places to Travel in 2014” by Travel + Leisure, one of the “Top Places to Go in 2014” by The New York Times, and one of the “Destinations You Don’t Want to Miss Out On in 2014” by Condé Nast Traveler, Nashville offers everything from an electrifying multi-genre music scene, award-winning cuisine, historic homes, world-class art, a myriad of attractions, unique shopping, college and professional sports, and more. Nashville is truly the world’s music capital with more than 120 live music venues across the city – you’ll catch pickers and songwriters all over town, in places like bluegrass venue Station Inn, the rock venue Exit/In, Honky Tonk Highway, the song-centered Bluebird Cafe, or the legendary Ryman Auditorium.
The INFORMS 2016 Annual Meeting will take place in the Music City Center, the state-of-the-art convention center recently built, and the adjacent Omni Nashville Hotel. With many downtown hotels within walking distance to the convention center, INFORMS 2016 attendees will find suitable accommodations to fit all budgets. INFORMS 2016 will feature plenaries and keynotes; panel discussions; tutorials; and thousands of oral and poster presentations from leading academics, industry experts, students, and representatives of government agencies. This Annual Meeting will provide the attendees numerous opportunities to share expertise and experiences; find prospective employers and employees; and build professional networks by meeting new people and reconnecting with colleagues.
Many prominent companies and educational/research institutions are located in Nashville, or in nearby cities such as Knoxville, Memphis, and Chattanooga – Hospital Corporation of America, FedEx World Headquarters, Regal Entertainment Group, International Paper, The University of Tennessee, Vanderbilt University, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, etc. – that help transform Tennessee into an analytics hub and high-performance computing powerhouse.
Nashville also features hosts of attractions; from the Grand Ole Opry, to the world renowned Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. In May 2013, the Johnny Cash Museum and the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum were added to the lineup. Nashville is also rich in visual and fine arts: the Frist Center for the Visual Arts is housed in an exquisitely converted Art Deco post office; Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art houses an extensive art gallery; as well as art crawls, studios, and art galleries all around town. Dubbed “The Coolest, Tastiest City in the South” by Bon Appétit, Nashville’s creative spirit has infiltrated into its kitchens, turning them into the chef’s studio. From southern fare to haute cuisine to quite literally everything in between, Nashville’s palate offers it all.
Nashville, The Music City, welcomes you to a great conference offering you an opportunity to explore its sizzling combination of American music, Southern hospitality, unbelievable cuisine, and a boundless spectrum of day and night life. Be one of the more than 5,000 people expected to attend the INFORMS 2016 Nashville Conference. I look forward to seeing you.
Professor, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute