Dumas Called Texas Film-Friendly Community | KAMR
AUSTIN, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — Officials with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s office announced Thursday that the city of Dumas was recently designated a film-friendly Texas community by the Texas Film Commission.
According to previous reports from MyHighPlains.com, Dumas joins more than 160 film-friendly Texas communities across the state, including Fritch, Amarillo, Canadian, Childress, Muleshoe and Shamrock. A press release from Abbott’s office said the Texas Film Commission has helped promote local jobs and economies through production related to film, television, video games and animation.
“I congratulate the City of Dumas on receiving the Film Friendly Texas designation and joining more than 160 other Texas communities who have received this recognition,” Abbott said in the press release. “The Lone Star State is filled with promise, and I look forward to continuing to work with all of our communities to ensure they have the knowledge and tools needed to succeed. Through Film Friendly Texas’ training and certification process, communities large and small are poised to align local businesses with production-related needs, create jobs for Texas-based crew members and residents, and boost spending at small local businesses. I am proud of all that the Texas Film Commission has accomplished in helping communities like Dumas market their unique appeal and support local job creation through media production.”
According to the release, the Texas Film Commission has created more than 183,000 production jobs in the governor’s Office of Economic Development and Tourism and has spawned about $1.95 billion in statewide spending since 2007.
“It’s no secret that the natural beauty of the Texas Panhandle, with its spectacular views, breathtaking sunsets and friendly people, is attractive to filmmaking,” said State Rep. Four Price, R-Texas District 87, in the press release. “Congratulations to the City of Dumas on earning the Film Friendly Texas designation. Movies produced in Texas film-certified communities have a significant and positive economic impact on both the local and state economies.”
The more than 160 film-friendly Texas communities across the state receive ongoing training and guidance from the Texas Film Commission on topics such as media industry standards, best practices, and how to effectively host on-site filming activities in a community.
“Being recognized as a Texas Film Friendly Community is so important on so many levels,” said Carl Watson, executive director of the Dumas/Moore County Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, in the press release. “The economic impact of the motion picture media industry, be it a feature film or a commercial, has a ripple effect and generates revenue for so many members of a community; The lasting effect will continue to bring benefits for years to come. We are excited to be working with the Texas Film Commission to promote Texas as a place for these great projects.”
For more information on Film Friendly Texas Communities, visit their website.