Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a movie or television show filmed in our community? Or what it’s like to be an extra in a motion picture? Did you know that many local people have played an important role in the television and movie industry throughout the years?
The theme for this year’s annual meeting and awards dinner will be, “On Location,” with Mr. Ivan Schwarz, Executive Director of the Cleveland Film Commission as the keynote speaker. Mr. Schwarz was a driving force behind the recent increase in the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit passed by Governor Kasich. The revision doubles the current $20 million cap on annual incentives and will be key in making Ohio more competitive in media production which brings jobs and money to the state. The Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit has created the equivalent of 1,729 full-time jobs and over $400 million in total economic impact since 2011.
Please join us on Wednesday, October 19th at St. Florian Hall for an exciting night of presentations and information as we celebrate the Chamber, its accomplishments, its volunteers and the winners in our five business categories. Nominations will begin next week with online submission forms available on the Chamber website. And watch your mail and email for sponsorship and ticket information.
Photo Above: Ivan Schwarz, left, talks with Patty Whitcher, exec. producer of, “The Avengers” in downtown Cleveland in this 2011 photo. Photo Lisa DeJong, Plain Dealer.