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Hip, young, and a computer programmer or game developer? The New NOLA wants you!

Posted by Chris Jones
On September 15th, 2005 at 09:54

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As heard on NPR this morning . . .

Steven Perry runs the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau . . . Civic leaders were already discussing a new economic plan before Katrina . . . most of the growth will be built around the concept called Hollywood South. . . .

“This is what’s starting to happen here, now. What I think you’re going to see is the economy being rebuilt around those kinds of industries. You’re going to see a lot of cool, young people who are computer programmers and game developers starting to locate in New Orleans.”

I suppose this has something to do with Louisiana’s tax incentives for game (digital media) developers.

If you’re a game developer, producer, or manager, are you planning to locate a facility in New Orleans to get the graduated tax incentives Louisiana is offering (20% for the first two years, 15% for the next two, 10% for the following two, for projects started prior to 2010)? Are the risks of hurricanes, flooding, civil unrest, and tourists too great? Do other states offer similar or better incentive packages?

Even with the risks, I’d move to N’Awlywood to work as a developer on an MMO, assuming they gave me some kind of relocation assistance. Of course, I’d need to cut back on the family pets just in case we did have to evacuate a tout de suite.

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