Digital Gaming and Education Bill Passed in NC in July

Digital Gaming and Education Bill Passed in NC in July

News Release

State Legislators pass economic development bill for the Interactive Digital Media (IDM) Design & Development Industry in North Carolina

Contact: Linda Savanauskas (919) 907-0522

July 2010, Raleigh NC – State legislators worked into the early morning July 10 to pass an economic development bill providing a tax credit for Interactive Digital Media (IDM) that hire programmers within North Carolina. Industries likely to benefit most from this bill are education, military, government, and corporate training.

“The RTP area is a hub for development of entertainment games and advanced learning technologies, and this bill will help keep it that way,” said Linda Savanauskas, a Raleigh digital education specialist and owner of Savvan Consulting.

Savanauskas said that the entertainment industry generates revenue in RTP/NC, with 5 of …

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Two Federal laws:

(1) Equal Opportunity in Employment

(2) Hire the most qualified A critical component of the strategic management of human resources involves attracting, developing and retaining the highest quality workforce.

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The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working

…The Four Forgotten Needs That Energize Great Performance

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2) Security (emotional);

3) Self expression (mental) and;

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Does the Internet Make You Smarter?

Clay Shirky’s new book release “Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age.”

Saturday/Sunday, June 5-6, 2010 – WSJ

“Amid the silly videos and spam are the roots of a new reading and writing culture, says Clay Shirky (W1).”

Based on the WSJ’s survey results, (as of 6/11 – approx 66%-33% – people believe that the Internet is making us smarter).

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