Metro Orlando Economic Development Corporation: Interactive Entertainment Academy

Metro Orlando Economic Development Corporation: Interactive Entertainment Academy


April 2006

2006 Economic Development Leadership Award Winner. Major Projects / Deals. Metro Orlando Economic Development Corp.: Interactive Entertainment Academy The EDC partnered with the University of Central Florida in response to a community assessment identifying the development of what is now becoming one of the world's largest digital media clusters as a way to maximize on Orlandos simulation, theme park, entertainment production and interactive entertainment industries. A resulting Interactive Entertainment Academy led to the retention of more than 250 jobs and the addition of 150 new jobs - both leveraged from Electronic Arts - (EA) acquisition of Tiburon Studio there and by a $9 million capital investment by EA.

Keywords: partnership, community assessment, grant, incentive, digital media

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