How to Increase the Demand for High Tech in "SIM City 4"

Written by timothy baron
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Maxis released "SimCity 4" in 2003. Like the other "SimCity" games, it focuses on urban planning. The game has no clearly defined goal or victory condition. Instead, players make whatever type of city they want. If they want their city to grow large, they need industry, which is the backbone of the "SimCity" economy. High-tech industry is the most valuable type of industry. It brings in a large amount of tax revenue yet doesn't pollute. Because high-tech is picky about where it does business, you need to meet several demands to attract it.

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Raise educational standards. High-tech industry needs well-educated employees. To provide them, you need to have your residential zones fully covered by elementary and high schools. Also build community colleges, museums and other educational institutions. When you click on these institutions, a mini-report will pop up informing you of whether these institutions meet the demands of well-educated employees. If they don't, either increase funding or build additional institutions.

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    Establish an industrial zone that's well-connected with the residential zone, either with large roads or public transportation, such as buses and subways. If your transportation system is inadequate, it will lead to long commute times and air pollution. Cities with a large amount of air pollution will not attract high-tech industry.

  3. 3

    Connect the industrial centre with the rest of world. You can do this with an airport or seaport. Alternatively, run an industrial railroad to the edge of the map. The game will ask if you want to connect it with the neighbouring city. Say that you do.

  4. 4

    Zone a dump far away from your industrial and residential centres. Without a dump, industrial plants will rapidly clog with garbage, making them unattractive to high-tech.

  5. 5

    Increase taxes on dirty industry and manufacturing. This will discourage them from moving into your city. At the same time, lower taxes on high-tech industry. Enact the "Clean Industry Tax Incentive" and "Pollution Tax" ordinances.

  6. 6

    Watch high-tech industry in the Residential-Commercial-Industrial, or RCI, demand graph. Initially, it's in the deep negative. As the quality of education and industry improves within your city, its RCI demand will increase. Once it's in the positive, then high-tech will start moving in.

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