The legislature is out of Raleigh, but, the jury may not be out on economic incentives, including those supporting North Carolina’s film industry.
The City of Wilmington and New Hanover County leaders plan to write to Governor Pat McCrory, asking him to reconvene the legislative session to make a final decision on economic incentives. Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo says this is a bigger issue than just film; he wants to protect job development grants, which incentivize companies to bring their business to North Carolina:
Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo says we need people working and paying taxes, not jailed in a cell, which costs tens of thousands of dollars per incarcerated person. His remarks prefaced the public update of the Blue Ribbon Commission’s mission: to build a community where the youth are safe, healthy, educated, and successful.
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.
Just over two years ago, the StoryCorps mobile soundbooth came to Wilmington and recorded rich stories of family, heritage, and personal struggle. WHQR News is thrilled to bring this wonderful catalog of Wilmington back for a second look.
WWAY NewsChannel 3 and WHQR-FM 91.3 are excited to announce that we will be co-hosting Wilmington's only "OFFICIAL" baseball stadium debate featuring Mayor Bill Saffo and City Councilman Kevin O'Grady along with "Vote No Stadium Tax Referendum" spokesperson Scott Harry and Jim Rafferty, who is also with the group.
This will be the only debate featuring both the mayor and the anti-tax funded stadium group.
After 9 months of negotiations and hearty public debates, the Wilmington City Council approved a Memorandum of Understanding last night with Mandalay and the Atlanta Braves, bringing a minor league baseball team and a new multi-purpose stadium one step closer to the Port City. With a public vote two months away on whether or not to fund the project, WHQR’s Sara Wood spoke with Mayor Bill Saffo about what it could bring to Wilmington.