On Tuesday, September 25, 2012, the Cape Fear Economic Development Council produced a candidates' forum, in the WHQR MC Erny Gallery, with a focus on economic issues facing New Hanover County. All six candidates for the three open seats on the Board of Commissioners participated. Julie Martin, producer, organizer, and mistress of ceremonies introduced the evening by contextualizing the current state of the economy.
The current set of film incentives is set to expire in 2014, and Republican state lawmakers have made no secret that the controversial package could be on the chopping block – as part of tax reform efforts. At a New Hanover County Commissioner candidate forum last night -- sponsored by the Cape Fear Economic Development Council – the six candidates vying for three seats on the Commission offered distinctly differing views on whether film incentives serve the county. WHQR’s Rachel Lewis Hilburn reports.