Sadly, the author of this editorial seems totally unaware of the impact that the film production incentives have on Chattanooga. First, 'Nashville' draws a huge crew from all across Tennessee including quite a few of the skilled craftspeople and artists from Chattanooga. Many of these people make their livings in the motion picture industry. Some are new to it, having gained experience from employment in a variety of crafts on the movie '42' shooting in Chattanooga this last summer. That show employed hundreds of Tennesseans, many from Chattanooga, but others from across the state as well, filling the Chattanooga Choo Choo hotel and several others. That show also bought food, set materials and equipment from the area and did business with many local and state vendors, just as 'Nashville" does. Taxpayer money from Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville and the rest of the state was used to attract '42', just as it has 'Nashville'. We all share that responsibility, and we all reap the benefits, regardless of the specific location in the state.
Just speaking of the technical and crafts end of the 'Nashville' production employment, I can say hundreds of Tennesseans from across the state have been given regular employment, with a Tennessee partial payroll in the many millions of dollars. These jobs come with excellent health insurance and other benefits. The savings to the state just by giving these people healthcare may justify the incentive.
Tennessee has another shot at keeping an industry which has been very good for us. Let's not bite the hand that feeds us, even if we've given in return.
IATSE Local 492
Studio Mechanics of Tennessee and Northern Mississippi.