film incentives

Listener Dory wrote:

I prefer public radio formats in which there are two stations--one news/talk programming and one music programming. Since the second WHQR station is HD (and not available to all), it makes sense to mix news and music programming on the flagship station. However, I'd love it if the music was more diverse--indie music, singer-songwriters, Alt-Latino, "college music." As it stands, the music programming seems almost entirely focused on older demographics.

Anonymous wrote:

As state legislators continue to hammer out the budget, citizens of all political persuasions are awaiting word on the fate of this region’s bustling film business. And that’s why this morning, a contingent of officials and residents from the Wilmington area gathered in Raleigh’s legislative building to plead with lawmakers to extend the current film incentive tax credits—instead of switching to a grant program, which they say would eliminate jobs. But rather than demonstrating film’s bona fides within the Cape Fear region, local lawmakers focused on its statewide benefits.

Wilmington Regional Film Commission

The film community in North Carolina is holding its collective breath while House leaders consider budget amendments.  

Billy Hathorn

Film incentives are the ticket to keeping more than four-thousand full-time jobs in the state.  That was a central theme Wednesday morning in Raleigh during a press conference where state and city leaders, film industry workers, and industry supporters gathered to celebrate Film Day at the General Assembly. 

The question of whether competitive film incentives continue in North Carolina will be answered by the end of the current short session of the General Assembly. 

Billy Hathorn

North Carolina lawmakers are haggling over how – and whether -- to preserve a now-controversial tax credit for the film industry.

If North Carolina lawmakers don’t renew film incentives during the short session – or if they choose to gut them to the point they’re no longer competitive with other states, some industry insiders are predicting an exodus of long-time film professionals from Wilmington. 

City of Wilmington

Mayor Bill Saffo is running unopposed this season for what will be his fifth term serving the City of Wilmington. 

U.S. Department of Agriculture / via Flickr Creative Commons

As New Hanover County and City of Wilmington officials hand out financial incentives to companies they hope to keep in the Cape Fear region, the state is also considering the effectiveness of incentives. 

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Business incentives can come in several forms – tax breaks, direct grants, the building of infrastructure – such as roadways or utilities.