LANSING – In her weekly radio address Friday (April 2nd), Governor Jennifer Granholm said that Michigan’s film incentive program is creating jobs today and for the future. April 7 will mark the two-year anniversary of the governor’s signing of the legislation creating the program.
“When we created the film incentive program, we wanted to increase the number of productions filmed on location in Michigan, attract production facilities, create jobs, and train workers for those jobs,” Granholm said.
“In the last two years, 89 movie or TV productions were completed in Michigan,” Granholm continued. “These productions spent $348 million in salaries, goods and services, and they created jobs for more than 6,700 workers.”
“Film studios and production facilities also are popping up in Michigan,” Granholm said. “There’s the 10 West Studio in Manistee and the Hangar 42 facility in Walker near Grand Rapids. Three more production facilities are scheduled to be built, representing a total investment of more than $300 million and projected to create almost 6,000 permanent, full-time jobs.”
“We’re also training people to fill the demand for jobs generated by Michigan’s growing film industry,” Granholm said. “This means our current generation of high school and college students won’t have to leave Michigan to learn the skills needed to work in film or television or other digital media. So not only is the film industry providing jobs for Michigan workers today, it’ll be a source of good jobs for our children in the future.”
“Michigan’s film incentive program has made our state one of the top three in the nation for the production of all types of media,” Granholm said. “An entire new industry is emerging in Michigan, one that’ll help keep our talented young people here. It’s a great story – and maybe one worthy of the big screen itself.”
Growing Michigan’s film industry is part of a larger ongoing commitment by the Granholm administration to diversify the state’s economy and create jobs. In addition to film, targeted sectors are advanced manufacturing, life sciences, clean energy, homeland security and defense, and tourism.
To hear Governor Granholm’s weekly radio address, click here.