Virginia Beach leaders, delegate, Pharrell look to draw long-term productions

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In another attempt at making Virginia a premiere film production destination, Delegate Glenn Davis is working on legislation to change the state’s film incentive program during the next legislative session.

A movie about NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton was shot in Georgia. It’s the same story for the classic film ‘Remember the Titans.’

Del. Davis wants to change that, and he’s aided by Virginia Beach city leaders and musician Pharrell Williams.

Councilors are working on their 2020 General Assembly ‘wish list,’ and recently said they want to know more about bettering the state’s Film Tax Incentive Program.

“Beaches to the hills to the mountains, historical areas, all of this is right here in Virginia. We just have to have the right incentives,” Del. Davis said.

Virginia’s current package includes a 15% tax credit. For comparison, Georgia is 20%, with an additional 10 under certain conditions. New Mexico is 25 to 30 depending on the type of production.

But Davis said to be competitive, it’s not about who has the best percentage. See more here.

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