By Alesandra Dubin Posted March 7, 2008, 5:12 PM EST
The annual four-day, think-tank-style TED conference (the name stands for technology, entertainment, design) wrapped on March 1 in its usual Monterey location. But after hosting the conference in the area for more than 20 years, organizers believe they have outgrown the diminutive town and have decided to take the event to Long Beach next year.
According to TED's official blog, organizers “scoured the entire U.S. for a new location that would give us some breathing room, while retaining all the qualities that made Monterey so special. To our surprise and delight, we found the place we're looking for ... in Long Beach, California. The arts and cultural center there is absolutely perfect for our needs.” Other reasons for the move include airport proximity and warm winter weather. The 2009 conference and related events will take place around Long Beach from February 4 through 7.