SOURCE: Santa Fe Studios

Santa Fe Studios

February 15, 2010 21:30 ET

City, County and State Come Together to Support Santa Fe Studios

SANTA FE, NM--(Marketwire - February 15, 2010) - Representatives with Santa Fe County, the City of Santa Fe, and the State of New Mexico, have all voiced their support for Santa Fe Studios.

Santa Fe Mayor David Coss said, "I commend the County of Santa Fe and its partners for pursuing a movie studio. Film and related industries are critical to the Santa Fe economy. The studio project is a critical component of infrastructure for Santa Fe that will make our economy stronger."

Eric Witt, Governor Richardson's Deputy Chief of Staff and Film Policy Advisor, said, "A state of the art soundstage and post production facility in Santa Fe would benefit not only the Santa Fe metropolitan area, but would also provide a base to open up a great deal of northern and north central New Mexico generally to film production. It is consistent with the state's strategic plan to diversify and stabilize New Mexico's economy, provide quality jobs and creative opportunity for our citizens, and to solidify the state's reputation as a world class center for film production."

The demand for such a studio is great. "Right now Santa Fe is completely full. We're shooting in places that are not necessarily appropriate. How many more Oscar nominations do we need to come out of abandoned hospitals and laundries before we get a proper studio? Santa Fe Studios cannot come fast enough," said Jon Hendry, IATSE Local 480 Business Agent.

Santa Fe Studios has gone through years of public hearings, all with unanimous votes of support and without public naysay. The public hearings have been standing-room only, full of supporters. Santa Fe Studios receives daily job inquiries from across the State and world.

Jason Hool, President of Santa Fe Studios, said, "My family has been in the film industry for five generations. We fully understand that in order to create a sustainable, long term industry, we must invest in higher education and provide the industry with a trained workforce."

In response to the growth of the movie industry within the state, a number of New Mexico educational institutions are offering programs to train the future workforce for this industry. These include the College of Santa Fe, Santa Fe Community College, the University of New Mexico, and New Mexico State University.

Santa Fe Studios will provide a golden opportunity for students to study in Santa Fe and have hands on experience in a world class studio.

Sheila Ortega, President of Santa Fe Community College, explains, "Santa Fe Studios will become an economic engine for our community, providing a rare and critical opportunity for Santa Fe Community College and other students in the region."

"This project is all about jobs," said Santa Fe County Commissioner Virginia Vigil.

Simon Brackley, President and CEO of the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce echoes Commissioner Vigil's point, saying, "There are very few bright spots in our local economic outlook. Unemployment is growing, education is in critically bad shape and every business and organization has to examine their operations to be able to survive. The investment in Santa Fe Studios by Santa Fe County should be applauded and recognized as it will create career opportunities for Santa Feans and tax revenues for local government."

The Ernst & Young study of the New Mexico film industry found that "Combining the 2,220 direct jobs from film productions with 3,769 jobs from capital expenditures and film tourism results in 5,989 total direct jobs attributable to the state film production tax credit. These direct jobs create a total of 3,221 indirect jobs, resulting in a total employment impact of nearly 9,210 jobs. Additional state tax impacts from capital expenditures in 2007 and film tourism during 2008-2011 are estimated to total $21.5 million in 2007 dollars, resulting in a total state tax impact of $44.1 million."

An economic development study conducted by a Santa Fe County contractor anticipates future tax revenue alone will average around $3.7 million per year.

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