Obviously you don't count on the revenue that the film industry has brought to our area. So it's very easy for you to say this. Our previous incentives were not working and we were losing work to other states. So NC decided to up the ante. And it worked. I have seen what a major production or long-standing series does for our area. Hotel business picks up, restaurant business is better, the over 500 crew members that live in this area are given the opportunity to provide for their families and not have to work in another city or state, the retail business picks up, and the general morale of the area gets a lift.
Our local film people are hard-working, family-minded men and women who have been working toward something like this for a long time now. This production is the reward for all the years spent working on lower budget films and pilots and independents. I say we celebrate this as a great thing for our area and our citizens and stop with the negative comments that don't do anything to help.
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