Gov. Nathan Deal wants to create a film academy to help grow the state’s burgeoning movie industry.
During the annual “Eggs and Issues” breakfast sponsored by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce Tuesday, Deal said the academy will be a partnership between the state university system and the technical college system.
“Therefore, my budget recommendations this year will take a step to start the process. Georgia cannot afford for another state to do to us what we’re doing to Hollywood,” Deal said.
Deal said he’ll also propose a plan to extend technical school tuition waivers to those going into the film industry. He said the state’s growing movie business has created a need for set and costume designers and production assistants.
The state already offers lucrative tax incentives to production companies filming movies in the state.
Deal estimates the film industry has brought in more than $5 billion into Georgia.
More details will likely come when the governor gives his State of the State address Wednesday.