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Deal: All 159 Georgia counties named 'Camera Ready'

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On Monday, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and the Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office announced that all 159 Georgia counties have been designated Camera Ready. 

The state's Camera Ready Community Program created in 2010 is the first of its kind in the nation, making Georgia the leader in offering a community-based production assistance program.  The Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office is a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD). 

“Not only does this industry employ more than 77,900 Georgians, but it creates a sustainable environment with new infrastructure, more business opportunities for existing Georgia businesses and new educational programs through our universities and technical colleges. I congratulate every community in Georgia for taking part in this statewide program and making our state a more attractive place for film and television production," said Deal.   

The program is a special designation given to participating Georgia communities interested in cultivating and attracting the entertainment industry. Camera Ready communities name liaisons who can assist film and television production companies on a local level. 

“Georgia's Camera Ready liaisons offer productions direct access to local resources and play an essential role in attracting movie and television projects to Georgia. “This industry is already having a significant impact in communities across the state creating new jobs, investment opportunities, new tourism product and beyond - I am thrilled that every county in Georgia wants to be part of the action,” said GDEcD Commissioner Chris Carr.

The final 20 counties that received the Camera Ready designation include: Atkinson, Baker, Burke, Charlton, Echols, Effingham, Glascock, Heard, Irwin, Jefferson, Jones, Long, Peach, Pierce, Treutlen, Twiggs, Ware, Wheeler, Wilcox and Worth.

The film industry continues to thrive in Georgia with more than 158 feature film and television productions shot during FY14, with a combined production spend of $1.4 billion. As a whole, the industry's economic impact for FY14 hit $5.1 billion, up from $1.33 billion in FY10 when the Camera Ready Community Program began. 

To learn more about Georgia's Camera Ready Community Program click here
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