Paul Beame has asked me to post the following message:
I apologize profusely for the consternation that my e-mail to you has caused to you, to members of the SoCG and SIGACT community and to ACM. I had not discussed our prior plans about co-location of SoCG and STOC with the ACM leadership and this was serious mistake. It has been clarified that the original concerns from ACM leadership that I had misinterpreted and communicated to you, related only to direct financial support. I interpreted this far too broadly and then compounded it with a badly worded e-mail to you. Had I discussed our intended co-location with the ACM leadership, this problem would not have arisen.
As you and I discussed on Friday, SIGACT is very interested in co-location with SoCG and that even if formal co-location were not possible, we were interested in an informal co-location arrangement. The good news is that contrary to my message, formal co-location of STOC and an independent SoCG is indeed an option and ACM staff will be ready to work with STOC on aspects of such arrangements! There is a range of options on how this can work and I would like to continue to discuss them with you.
Needless to say, this is fantastic news! I want to publicly thank Paul and the ACM leadership for quickly clearing up this unfortunate misunderstanding.
And so now, officially: SOCG 2016 will be collocated with STOC in Boston/Cambridge.