A mayoral candidate in Austin, Texas has made attracting game developers and other creative media types a key part of his campaign platform.
McCracken, currently a member of Austin’s City Council, sees game development as a way to help the city weather the recession:
Starting with a vision of independent film, independent music and 3-D animation leadership in digital media… We will need elected leaders to personally recruit creative economy employers. We will need expanded incentives to recruit films and TV series. We will need to recruit video game and music publishers and firms with expertise in digital media distribution to empower local creative artists.
GP: We should mention that Austin already has a thriving game development community. McCracken wants to attract additional talent to the city.