Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Florida Residents - URGENT - CALL TO ACTION


Keep Film Going in Florida

As you are all most probably aware, the 2013 legislative session is in full swing - budgets have been submitted from the Governor's Office, the House of Representatives and the Senate - none of which include the additional funding for our Film & Entertainment Industry Financial Incentive program that we have been advocating for these past months...as of yet.

While this is by no means good news, it is not yet a "fait accomplis" - there is still much time for us to act and voice our request for additional funds for the Film & Entertainment Industry Financial Incentive program.

We are requesting that concerned members of the film and entertainment production industries take some time between now and Wednesday to email the legislators/public officials listed below:

Executive Branch
Governor Rick Scott
Secretary of Commerce Gray Swoope
House of Representatives
Speaker Will Weatherford
Chairman Ritch Workman
Chairman Jimmy Patronis
Chairman Eddy Gonzalez
Rep. Manny Diaz
Chairman Ed Hooper
President Don Gaetz
Chairman Andy Gardiner
Chair Nancy Detert
Sen. Jack Latvala

Let these legislators/public officials know that you work in the film and entertainment production industry or have benefited from the industry, and tell them what the incentive means to you personally. Thank them for their past support and ask for their support this legislative session for our three (3) key legislative priorities:

  • Additional funding for the remaining fiscal years of program - the tax credits allocated to the program are completely certified and we have now "conditionally" certified close to $40million in potential projects; soon Florida will begin turning away or losing projects due to lack of adequate funding for the program;
  • Adequate funding for the Office of Film & Entertainment so that the  office can continue to properly oversee, administer and market this tremendously successful program;
  • Additional long-term commitment to the program in the form of additional years or no sunset - this will encourage more long-term investment and growth.

Remind these legislators/public officials that our incentive program is performance-based, it's "Florida-centric" and it has been a huge success creating thousands of new jobs for Florida workers, bringing new money to our local communities and spawning financial investment throughout the state.

Most importantly, please remain polite and respectful - these legislators are our most powerful allies. For your convenience, we have created a template letter to legislators - it is posted in our "Advocacy Toolkit" on this site - click the link below to access the letter:

We greatly appreciate your time and assistance with this issue - thank you for your continued support!

SHEENA FOWLER | Orlando Film Commissioner
Metro Orlando Film Commission
A Division of the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission
301 E. Pine Street, Suite 900 | Orlando, Florida 32801
p 407.422.7159 x262 | c 407.923.3454 | f 407.425.6428

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