(Commissioner Wilson is pictured with Yulonda Beauford, ATC Vice President of Economic Development and External Affairs)
Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Pat Wilson spoke to the Georgia Production Partnership August meeting at Atlanta Technical College. Wilson was appointed to the position by Governor Nathan Deal in November 2016.
When asked the reason Georgia incentivized the film industry, he gave a one-word answer: “jobs.”
“Thousands of jobs have been created by Georgia’s film industry. We’re hosting 18 feature films and 31 series right now in Georgia.”
Governor Deal announced recently that the film industry has had a 9.5 billion-dollar-impact on Georgia. “Lives have been changed because of the impact of the film industry,” Wilson said. “Georgia’s technical colleges and the university system have worked together to train persons for film. You’re not seeing this happen in other states.”
After hosting High Demand Career Initiative sessions, the state heard from employers. “We heard that apprenticeships work,” Wilson said. “Georgia is the only state that I know of that’s focused on this now. We could not do this without technical colleges.”
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