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Film, TV representatives say they can’t find qualified workers in state

Special to SEGAZINE

Representatives for the film and television industry told state officials on Tuesday that they regularly struggle to find crew members in Georgia and have to hire staff from other states, a threat to the tax incentives that have caused a boom in filming in the state during the last few years.

Tuesday’s listening session is the latest in a series of discussions on workforce development in Georgia, and the first to focus on one industry.

Georgia is expecting to award $163 million in the credits in fiscal year 2015, according to state budget documents. Production companies that spend at least $500,000 in qualified expenses are eligible for the 20 percent tax credit and can receive an additional 10 percent credit if the project includes a Georgia logo.

The problem, industry representatives said Tuesday, is finding people will both the training and on-the-job experience to help projects get done on time and on budget.

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