This past week, 73 Georgia counties received ‘Camera Ready Community' designation by Governor Nathan Deal, joining 16 others who earned the honor in October 2010. Bulloch County was one of those designees.
Coordinated by Georgia's Film, Music & Digital Entertainment office, Camera Ready Communities must have in place a program that provides film and television production companies with easier, faster and better access to local resources and location information.
"The Development Authority of Bulloch County and the Statesboro-Bulloch Chamber of Commerce is pleased to be partnering with the Statesboro Convention and Visitors Bureau on the Georgia Camera Ready Community designation," Benjy Thompson said. "We believe that our community's resources for film and television offer great economic opportunities, both for companies choosing to shoot their projects here and for the local businesses that could support these activities."
What does this mean for Bulloch County?
According to Thompson, Bulloch County will automatically be in the "mix".
"When the state markets Georgia as a filming destination for a production company, our county will be on that list, and hopefully receive consideration," he said. "Before this, we really weren't one of those cities being marketed."
SCVB director Heidi Jeffers will be our community liaison to assist film and television production companies on a local level.
This is going to be a good thing, because every time I go to Savannah, it seems as if a film crew has the street blocked off. My perpetual inconvenience makes me think that Georgia's film industry is thriving, and the facts appear to bear that out.
More than 335 productions were shot in Georgia in FY2010, making Georgia number one in the Southeast and among the top five states in the nation for film and TV productions. All together, these productions brought in more than $759.3 million in investment to Georgia, representing $1.4 billion in economic impact to the state.
I say get to the Averitt and get some acting lessons. You just never know.
So, until next Tuesday, I bid you au revoir.
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