Specifically, while we have hired a lobbyist in recent years, and we pay those fees out our general fund, this year we plan on stepping up our efforts, thus incurring additional costs.
Efforts are being made to secure a date and location in Tallahassee to host an educational reception for legislators. This reception would be to further gain support from legislators while further educating others as to the importance of our industry's incentive program.
On March 11, 2015, the tourism industry will hold "Tourism Day" at the State Capitol. Film Florida will join forces with the tourism industry as we hold our annual Rally in Tally day. In addition to meeting with legislators, we will have a spot (at a cost) to set up our trade show booth along with staging a photo shoot. Guests (mostly legislators) will get their picture taken on a white background. We'll then composite the individuals in to the backdrop of a film or TV show from Florida. These photos will be printed, framed, and presented to legislators as a follow up. The framed photos will serve as a thank you and a reminder of the importance of our industry's incentive program.
Finally, while we pay for a lobbyist, the Film Florida Executive Board is also very involved in the lobbying process throughout the state and in Tallahassee. While Film Florida is a volunteer organization, the executive board's full-time employers should not be on the hook for expenses incurred as part of the long-distance legislative lobbying efforts. Our goal is to be able to reimburse for select long-distance travel as opposed to members paying out of pocket for their travel.
Film Florida is a volunteer organization where members pay annual dues. Those member dues allow the organization to operate on a normal day-to-day process. However, this year is a crucial year for our industry, not a "normal" year. We know we need to pull out all the stops in the hopes of passing legislation with a funded long-term incentive program. These extra efforts cost money and that's money that the normal membership may not be able to sustain. Therefore, we're asking not just Film Florida members to participate in the cost of this year’s lobbying efforts, but also non-members, supporters, friends, family members, etc.
Our goal is to secure a long-term tax credit program that ensures jobs remain in Florida and money is spent in the entertainment production industry. The more money we raise, the more we can do to help achieve that goal. #EntertainThis
This fundraiser is administered by John Lux, Film Florida Treasurer and Chief Operating Officer of IDEAS in Orlando.
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