Michigan adopts film incentives boosting economy
January 6, 2011 • Becca Miner, Staff Writer
Filed under Opinion
The film industry has been using Michigan to their advantage while boosting Michigan’s economy and creating a more profitable environment for local businesses. It has created thousands of jobs in Michigan and has brought in millions of dollars. With movies such as High School and television shows such as The Wannabes being filmed in Howell, Michigan alone, the film incentives are a great thing for our state.
According to Jennifer Granholm, we are diversifying our state while creating jobs, keeping students here to study film, attracting facilities, and boosting our economy in a huge way. In 2010, 38 films were created in Michigan. From these projects alone, Michigan is expected to receive over 300 million dollars.
From the popularity of these productions, more film industries are looking at Michigan as a prime location. This helps our economy enormously.
During the filming of High School, we had local restaurants cater to the needs of the cast and crew, we had local hotels hosting the cast and crew, and we also had all of the income from them. The use of Parker, the money spent in gas, on locations, on equipment needed, all went to local businesses.
The Michigan film incentives have been in place for two and a half years and have created revenue and have kept people in state because of the new job opportunities. Instead of a student moving out of state to pursue a career in film, they can stay in state and have the same opportunity.
Right now, staying in state seems like the smartest idea. Filming in Michigan is new, therefore jobs need to be filled. To get your foot in the door for film, Michigan is the way to do it. Anyone in the business of restaurants, hotels, traveling, all have the opportunity to get a job and remain in the state of Michigan. Keeping our current population is important in boosting our economy. The film incentives not only keep people in Michigan but provide a reason for more to move into Michigan.
The Michigan film incentives are nothing but good. Raising our economy and providing jobs is very important considering out current state. Many film companies are now looking at Michigan as a location, and this has brought revenue, people, and diversity to our community.