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Tuesday, March 15 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
How Governments are Changing Where Big Ideas Happen

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More than ever, governments across the world, at both national and local levels, are working hard to attract the "creative/digital industries". When you're looking for a job, you may not know how much your city, state or even national government often play a role in what companies are hiring in your community. While traditional economic development has typically meant a scenario like bringing a factory to a rural area, a newer practice involves growing so-called industries of the mind. Canada has led the way, but now many states across America are offering incentives to game developers and other tech-related companies (to say nothing of the massive internal investments by certain countries, such as Russia). The benefits can be tax breaks, loans, grants, tax credits and even free rent to get you and your brain trust to make the move. This discussion will look at why these sorts of incentives are thought to bring benefit to not just the companies, but to their communities and taxpayers, too.

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Elliott Adams

Louisiana Economic DevelopmentELLIOTT ADAMS serves as Digital Media Industry Director at Louisiana Economic Development, where he administers the state's Digital Interactive incentive program. Most recently, he worked for CD Baby in Portland, brokering digital licensing agreements... Read More →
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Sean Kane

CounselPillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLPMr. Kane is a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property practice and a member of the Social Media, Entertainment & Technology team. Mr. Kane has represented clients on transactional matters involving various entertainment, communications... Read More →
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Ian Kelso

PresInteractive OntarioIan is a 17-year veteran advocate, entrepreneur, and producer in the interactive digital media industry and is currently the President & CEO of Interactive Ontario (io), a member-based industry trade association representing 300 member companies that work in... Read More →
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Joachim Ng

Country DirIDA SingaporeJoachim Ng currently serves as Director of Financing and International Co-operation at Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA). His responsibilities include developing the media financing ecosystem in Singapore and developing platforms for government... Read More →
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Tony Schum

Senior Associate, Business Incentives AdvisoryDuff & PhelpsTony Schum is a Senior Associate in the Business Incentives Advisory practice at Duff & Phelps in Austin, Texas. Tony specializes in identifying, negotiating and implementing economic development incentives for expanding or... Read More →

Tuesday March 15, 2011 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
Austin Convention Center, Room 10AB

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