Hawaii Film Blog

Friday, February 16, 2007

Lingle's Innovation Infrastructure Package

Governor Linda Lingle is making a big push for a package of bills aimed at developing Hawaii's infrastructure for technological, scientific, and creative innovation. Here's a list of specific initiatives put together by the Honolulu Star-Bulletin (I've bolded the film-related ones):

  • Creating two "academies" in public schools to equip students with the technical skills they'll need to compete for high-value jobs. These academies will be voluntary additions to the curriculum.
  • A $100 million Hawaii Innovation Fund to finance technology and creative industry companies. The money would come from the state Employees Retirement System.
  • Providing breaks for college tuition savings accounts of up to $20,000 in tax deductions.
  • Starting a privately led science and biotech research facility and technology incubator at Kakaako.
  • Developing a digital media center that could be used for software design, electronic game development, TV and film production, special effects and animation.
  • Promoting musical education and skills in partnership with Tennessee's Belmont University.
  • Public Internet access in state government buildings, including libraries and schools.
  • Founding an Office of International Affairs.

>> Lingle making headway stumping for high-tech [Hnl Star-Bulletin, 2/14/07]

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