Multimedia Gulch

Rohit Khare (
Thu, 18 Apr 96 19:01:03 -0400

Found in today's LeadStory...

> The Los Angeles Regional Technology Alliance has forged
> a partnership between the entertainment industry, cities
> and universities to encourage technical and creative
> advances in multimedia. A multimedia task force reports
> directly to the mayor's office. A multimedia testing
> facility at the University of Southern California is open
> to small companies and the Annenberg Incubator Project
> at USC helps entrepreneurs launch new businesses in the
> field.
> New York City offers tax breaks, cut-rate electricity
> and even management consulting (through KPMG Peat Marwick)
> to multimedia firms in its Information Technology District
> in southern Manhattan. In addition, it promoted the
> conversion of the former Drexler building at 55 Broad
> St. into an information technology center, wired for
> state-of-the-art telecommunications.
> In contrast, San Francisco ``hasn't done as great a job
> of rec ognizing the importance, relevance and presence
> of the industry in its own backyard,'' said Susan
> Worthman, executive director of the Multimedia Development
> Group, a 3-year-old trade association based in San
> Francisco.