Ga. Sen. Hardie Davis makes an announcement Tuesday at State Capitol.
By Walter C. Jones, Morris News Service
ATLANTA — State Sen. Hardie Davis was one of four Democratic legislators at a Capitol news conference Tuesday to welcome producers of the Lifetime Entertainment/A&E show Catering Wars and to congratulate the General Assembly for enacting tax breaks to bring them and other producers to Georgia.
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He said the Senate Economic Development Committee he serves on invited him and his colleagues to the event.
Even the politicians were a little surprised at how much impact they had in creating the state’s multi-billion-dollar industry with 25,000 jobs.
“We didn’t have an expectation that it would be at this stage,” said Davis, D-Augusta. “When you look at the different TV shows that have made Georgia, and quite frankly Atlanta, their home, we got a tremendous return on our investment.”
He said he’d like to see more productions made in Augusta. Better marketing of the types of filming locations would help, he said.
Davis doesn’t favor creating a special office just to work with film and television producers the way Savannah and Atlanta have. Instead, he wants the city to establish what he calls a cultural affairs office.