Saturday, November 8, 2008

Forum explores how to cash in on Michigan Film Incentive

By Terry Oparka | C & G Staff Writer | October 5, 2008

TROY — Employee layoffs loomed as a real possibility for Duane Swanson, director of operations for the Somerset Inn in Troy last year. “The budget forecast was down,” he said. “We needed a miracle.”

He got four.

Four feature film production companies have stayed at the hotel since Michigan lawmakers approved the Michigan Film Incentive, which grants up to 40-percent tax incentives for approved film production companies to film in Michigan.

“We got out of the hole by the end of August,” he said. “The production companies also rented office space nearby and spent money and time at the Somerset Collection. If you want the perfect hotel guest, they are it. They are nice people.”

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