Gov. Nathan Deal and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter may not agree on much, but both see a need to develop local talent for Georgia’s multi-billion film and television industry.
On Aug. 5, Gov. Deal announced film and movie production in the state had an economic impact of $5.1 billion during fiscal year 2014.
“Not only has this industry created jobs and investment opportunities for Georgians, it also has revitalized communities, established new educational programs, tourism product and more,” Deal said in a press release. “I will continue my commitment to growing this industry and to developing a film-ready workforce to meet the needs of the productions that are setting up shop in Georgia.”
Carter has also voiced his commitment to the lucrative industry.
“Georgia has seen enormous growth in film and television production, but that success is threatened unless we build the skilled workforce to fill these jobs,” Carter said. “After years of cuts to HOPE and to our schools, industries across the state simply cannot find the skilled workers they need to fill their jobs.”