Virginia is one of 40 states/territories that utilize incentives for film and television projects, and it’s easy to see why. A single production can bring hundreds of lucrative, highly-skilled jobs to a region—from set-builders to electricians to truck drivers.
But when compared to other states jockeying for the same economic development projects, Virginia has fallen behind. In recent years, many of our counterparts have strengthened their incentives to diversify their economies—particularly in the wake of the Covid pandemic and the recent film industry strikes. While Georgia, North Carolina, and Maryland adapt to a changing marketplace, Virginia remains relatively stagnant. It’s time to change that.
The Lights, Camera, Jobs Act (HB 771 and SB 251) is bipartisan legislation intended to take a new approach to make Virginia more economically competitive in the region.
Virginia Production AllianceP.O. Box 7419, Richmond, VA 23221