23 more Georgia counties were named "Camera Ready" communities last week, including Colquitt, Sumter, Cook, and Clinch in our area.
Dougherty County was one of the first communities to earn the designation when the Georgia Department of Economic Development started the program a year ago. It offers production companies access to local information and resources and helps those communities attract television and film productions.
The Camera Ready program and tax breaks the state offers to production companies have helped Georgia become one of the top five states in the country for television and film production.
Over the last year, more than 325 productions shot in the state, including numerous big budget motion pictures. The state says those productions generated an economic impact of $2.4 billion for Georgia.
At a time when our state's economy is still struggling to recover from the worst recession in decades, we applaud state leaders for being pro-active and getting serious about using television and film production as an economic engine for Georgia.