Wilmywood leaders urge Governor to call special session for film incentives

Local leaders urge Governor to call special session for film incentives

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – Today, elected leaders from New Hanover County and the City of Wilmington sent a letter to Governor Pat McCrory, Senate Leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Thom Tillis, with a collective voice urging the Governor to call a special session of the General Assembly to reconsider film incentives.

The economic vitality of business and film was identified as one of the County’s three legislative agenda items earlier this year and at an August 26th joint meeting of the New Hanover County Commission and the City of Wilmington Council, support for the film industry was again identified as a top priority. The elected leaders urged reconsideration of film incentives and support of an existing industry as a key economic driver for our region and state.

“The time is now for our elected leaders in Raleigh to act. Saving the film industry is vital to our state and region. If they do nothing these jobs will evaporate.” said New Hanover County Chairman Woody White.

The State’s $21.25 billion budget plan, unveiled last month, allocates $10 million for a film incentive grant program, a significant reduction from the current package that allows productions that spend at least $250,000 in the state to claim 25 percent of their qualifying expenses up to $20 million.

The letter can be viewed here.


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  2. It’s over! California is TRIPLING it’s film incentive package to over $371M. This will do irreparable harm to all states with incentives. This is truly a war and CA just fired the big gun. There is NO WAY for other states to follow suit.
    NC may have backed out at just the right time.

    • In the middle of Sept, I will be making my second visit to Wilmington in 3 months for the Film Industry.
      When I found out that so many movies and TV programs were filmed in NC, Sleepy Hollow, Under The Dome, and countless movies, this was my choice for vacation in June.
      The restaurants, beaches, the kind people who live in Wilmington, Airlie Gardens, River Walk, Historic District, Cotton Exchange, shops are so wonderful.
      It would be a shame that tourists who come for Film Industry will stop and miss all of the other things Wilmington and NC have to offer.
      Don’t let tourists forget about this beautiful community because there isn’t a Film Industry
      Also, and very important please don’t let your friends & neighbors down by taking their livelihoods the crews, shop owners, restaurant workers, hotel employees and more depend on Film for their jobs.

  3. Here’/s the link (sorry)

    CA now has the overwhelming lead in this race to the bottom.
    So, even if NC had kept their incentive package – this move would have decimated the industry here anyway.
    That is just plain nuts. CA has the new oil income and has recovered from the recession (through tax INCREASES and spending cuts (go figure – what a concept eh?).
    There’s no way for NC to keep up to this – nor should we.
    California anyone?

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