Carter to Film Industry: Sustained Growth Depends on Making Education the First Priority

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News Release:Communications Director, Carter for Governor
August 6, 2014

ATLANTA—Georgia needs to invest in education and technical training to sustain growth in the film and television industry, Sen. Jason Carter told the industry’s organization in Atlanta today. Carter spoke to a packed house at the Georgia Production Partnership about how he would address the shortage of skilled workers facing production companies.

“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.

“The entertainment tax credit has done a good job of attracting business to our state, but we cannot rest on our laurels. It’s going to take more than a tax credit to keep this industry growing in Georgia. It will take a forward-looking vision that takes into account all the factors that will make Georgia successful in the future.”

Carter also highlighted Gov. Deal’s cuts to the HOPE Grant program, which led to 45,000 students leaving technical school.

This week The Economist reported that Georgia film and TV projects are facing a shortage of skilled workers so they are flying in crews from other states:

“What ought to worry local residents is Georgia’s inability to produce workers who can build the sets, run the wires or manage the sound for such films. This skills shortage may endanger the $4 billion or so that Jim Jacoby, whose firm plans to redevelop the complex, reckons the film industry could bring to the state this year.”

Other employers, such as Home Depot and NCR, have said the lack of skilled workers threatens business expansion in Georgia.

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