New Hanover County, NC – At the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) Legislative Goals Conference today, New Hanover County Commissioners Jonathan Barfield, Jr. and Rob Zapple advocated to rebuild the state-wide film industry by adding it as a legislative priority for the state association.
In response, County Commissioners from across North Carolina agreed and voted to seek legislation to increase funding for the state’s current film grant program and review existing legislation for measures that would encourage expansion of the state-wide film industry.
“The film industry has far-reaching impacts across our state and we have to work toward bringing film and TV productions back to our communities,” said Commissioner Zapple, the county’s voting delegate at the conference. “From 2012 to 2014, the industry brought more than $900 million to our state and in 2017 it brought approximately $57 million. It is such an important industry for New Hanover County and our state, and I am pleased that my fellow Commissioners across the state agree.”
Support of the film industry will be included in the legislative priorities that NCACC presents to each member of the General Assembly, the Governor, and other executive leaders.