The Pittsburgh Technology Council is endorsing a proposal from Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi to create a new Digital Entertainment Tax Credit as part of an expanded film tax credit. Just as the film tax credit has proven its ability to attract film production to our state, this new credit would create a powerful incentive aimed attracting investment in permanent gaming development centers in Pennsylvania.
The opportunity associated with the nation’s entertainment technology industry is both large, and rapidly growing, with many states developing targeted strategies to attract the lucrative jobs that accompany the industry’s expansion. Though more than 40 percent of the employment in this sector is focused on the West Coast, many states such as New York, Texas and Massachusetts have secured major gaming design centers that are contributing hundreds of millions of dollars towards their GDP. Louisiana, Pennsylvania and North Carolina are among a list of carefully watched states that possess the key ingredients for future success.
Pittsburgh, for example is home to Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center, which is an internationally recognized leader in the development of both talent and technology.
Pennsylvania’s existing strengths in this industry, combined with this new tool, will enable us to capture major investments and grow community-building jobs.
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