How Governments are Changing Where Big Ideas Happen

A session at SXSW Interactive 2011

  • Sean Kane
  • Tony Schum

Tuesday 15th March, 2011

12:30pm to 1:30pm (CST)

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.

LEVEL: Beginner

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Ian Kelso

CEO - Canadian Interactive Alliance / L'alliance interactive canadienne bio from Twitter

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  • Cliff Tyllick
  • Alex Howard
  • Dominic Campbell
  • David Swedlow
  • Ian Kelso
  • Jenn Gustetic
  • Katie Davison
  • Randy Mah
  • Stephanie Fletcher
  • Lisa van Gelder
  • William Eggers
  • Steven Randazzo

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  • Dan Derozier
  • Dan W
  • James Weiner
  • Jeremy Carbaugh
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  • Kevin Koehler
  • Loulia Miller
  • lovisa
  • Natalie Downe
  • Niran Babalola
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Time 12:30pm1:30pm CST

Date Tue 15th March 2011


Room 10AB, Austin Convention Center

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