By Chris Gautz | Staff Report | December 08, 2008 | Jackson Citizen Patriot
The film industry has the potential to create thousands of jobs, rebrand the state and create a new economic foundation in Michigan.
Tony Wenson, COO of the Michigan Film Office, told a group of about 70 business and community leaders today that investment in the state has greatly increased since passage of the film incentive package in April.
"It's a huge opportunity," he said at the Economic Club Luncheon at Daryl's Downtown in Jackson.
The legislation allows taxpayers to fund up to 42 percent of a film's production cost in the state. For example, if a $10 million film is shot in Michigan in a core community -- Jackson is one -- the state could cut a check for up to $4.2 million.
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