Commissioner Rebeca Sosa sponsors resolution supporting the film & television production industries
(MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FL) – A resolution sponsored by Miami-Dade County Commissioner Rebeca Sosa urging the Florida Legislature to enact legislation that would attract film and television production projects to the State, including Miami-Dade County, is on its way to Tallahassee with the full backing of the Board of County Commissioners.
“We need incentives to help keep film and television productions in Florida and in Miami-Dade County where these industries have been an important source of jobs for our residents,” stated Commissioner Sosa.
Businesses and individuals working in industries related to film production have been relocating out of Miami-Dade County to states that are committed to attracting the entertainment industry. In the last two years there has been a 24 percent reduction in the membership of IATSE local 477, the largest technical union that services the film and entertainment industry within Miami-Dade County.
“The impact of these industries to our local economy is great,” affirms Commissioner Sosa adding that, “the local direct spending by the entertainment industry increased by $500 million during the four year period in which the Florida Entertainment Industry Financial Incentive Program was funded.”
“Since the funding was depleted, Miami-Dade County, like the rest of the State of Florida, has been operating at a competitive disadvantage,” concluded Commissioner Sosa referring to the roughly 40 states that have programs to attract film, television, commercials and other production companies.
At its height, in 2010-2011, more than $380 million of direct spending took place in Miami-Dade County as a result of the entertainment industry. This represented more than double of the current amount highlighting the importance of the industry to our local economy.