|October 18, 2011
The City of Redmond has been designated as an Interactive Media and Digital Arts Innovation Partnership Zone (IPZ) by the Washington State Department of Commerce.
An Innovation Partnership Zone connects public, private and education partners to create collaboration between research, workforce training, employers and entrepreneurs within a specific geographic area. The program has been proven to lead to new technologies, marketable products, company formation, job creation and other economic opportunities.
Redmond and enterpriseSeattle jointly applied for this designation leveraging the strength and successes of the Washington Interactive Network (WIN). WIN is a 7-year old economic development program funded by enterpriseSeattle and is the only program of its kind in the country that targets the interactive media sector. This application was strengthened by partnerships with Microsoft Corporation, Redmond Economic Development Alliance, University of Washington-Bothell and Digipen Institute of Technology.
Some of the goals of the Interactive Media and Digital Arts IPZ are to: recruit new businesses to Redmond and the region, leverage the area’s unique combination of opportunities and expertise in the interactive media and digital arts industry, provide a supportive business environment with access to a trained workforce and support the research and commercialization of technologies related to interactive media and digital arts.
“Redmond is home to some of the most creative companies and individuals in the world,” stated Erika Vandenbrande, Redmond’s Economic Development Manager. “The IPZ will help foster this excellence and create a center of innovation around interactive media and digital arts. The IPZ will help attract new businesses and create new opportunities that support the businesses and institutions already here.”
“We are thrilled to have an IPZ designation for interactive media,” stated Jeff Marcell, President and CEO of enterpriseSeattle. “This IPZ will help continue our work and success in the interactive media space.”
There are now twelve Innovative Partnership Zone’s in the state of Washington. Additional IPZ’s include: Snohomish County - Aerospace Convergence Zone, City of Bothell - Bothell Biomedical Manufacturing IPZ and Ellensburg - Central Washington Resource Energy Collaborative.
More information about Redmond’s Interactive Media and Digital Arts IPZ will be available soon. Inquiries should be made to Erika Vandenbrande, Economic Development Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 425-556-2457. For more information on IPZ’s in general, visit www.ChooseWashington.com