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Croquet tourney, golf, networking and more...
We don't always brag about what incredible work we do together, but fortunately the press came out in full force at Industry Day to do so for us. Nice work!
When Oregon is so hard-hit for jobs, the legislature is happy to see a sector that performs well, takes advantage of Oregon's assets (our beautiful locations and our skilled technical and creative workforce) and puts money back in to the state from payroll tax revenues so the state can solve other problems of the day: like funding education.
The sequestration fiasco of the federal government puts Oregon's social programs in an even tougher spot. When Oregonians are employed, the state makes money, and with fewer unemployed there is less draw on the state's social programs. This makes it easier for us to share the limited unemployment and other state resources we do have. No one likes tough economic times, but we are grateful to have jobs that help pay bills for all Oregonians.
Thanks to the legislators and the public in Oregon for having the confidence in recruiting more projects from out of state to an industry that already impacts Oregon's economy by over $1 billion each year.
It's Time to Earn More Money for Oregon
The OPIF (Oregon Production Investment Fund) is used to recruit production budgets from out of state into Oregon, and has a huge return on investment in jobs and tax revenues.
Download PDF with notes and Sources: Income from OPIF (2003-2011)
Write a Letter of support - Help us double the amount of major media produced in Oregon next year. Oregon turns away over $100 million in film and television spending from out-of-state because we didn't fund our highly-productive and highly-efficient OPIF recruitment fund to achieve economic equilibrium with the demand for it. Governor Kitzhaber has asked the legislature to change that. It is up to voters to show our support. More >
• May 9 (Thu) 6:30pm: MOPAN meeting
with Theresa Demarest, producer of Keiko the Untold Story
at Hole in the Wall BBQ, Springfield
Production Directory Released
We hear a lot about Oregon TV shows, movies, commercials, and interactive business in the press these days - what you might not know is how easy it is to tap into the media production resources that make Oregon one of the most cutting-edge creative centers in America today.
Callsheet Newsletter - Current news for Oregon's production industry. Browse past issues at www.issuu.com/ompa
Thanks for a great OMPA Classic !
Whether you enjoyed golf, the wine tour, or the thrilling atmospheric conditions of Hood River, a great time was once again had by attendees at the premier networking celebration and sporting event for Oregon's thriving film, television, commercial and interactive media production industry. All are invited to participat in the conversation to plan next year's event! Join the discussion on the Facebook group, 'GOLF Committee of the Oregon Media Production Association (OMPA)'
The OMPA Golf Classic is powered by MacPac, the Northwest's AVID preferred reseller, and a host of other sponsor. If you haven't looked into a new Avid system from MacPac, now would be a really good time.
SourceOregon - Oregon's media production directory
Every major producer and coordinator currently shooting in Oregon endorses SourceOregon as the best resource for hiring crew, equipment and services. Print and digital copies are distributed to each commercial, feature and television production company that considers shooting in the state.
This year SourceOregon publishes in magazine format, with editorial highlighting a selection of Oregon's best qualities. Look for the print edition in early April. Copies are free to OMPA members and any one hiring in state.
SourceOregon is published in cooperation with OMPA, IATSE, MOPAN, SOFaT, the City of Portland and the Governor's Office of Film & Television. OMPA members now receive a $100 discount off their first listing. Display advertising is available both in print and online.
Get more, pay less. It couldn't be simpler for OMPA members to benefit from OMPA's group dental and vision plan. Individuals, small and large businesses can all save money, and it takes just a few minutes to review.
OMPA Dental-Vision Plan
Feedback Please!: Have you signed up for the OMPA Dental/Vision plan? Do you like it? Tell us your experience by email at info(at)ompa.org.
Contact OMPA member/Insurance expert Dennis Noreen at 503-667-0500 for help with OMPA's Dental/Vision plan, or to improve your personal or business health insurance.
Kitzhaber, Business and Labor Agree:
Extend and enhance the Oregon Production Investment Fund to prioritize the growth of good jobs in Oregon. More
Why support OMPA?
OMPA is a voice for Oregon's commerical, film/TV, video, and new media production industry. We achieve our mission to grow jobs and business opportunities through various programs:
Members benefit from industry information, access to other industry professionals, and a forum to shape the future of Oregon's economy. For more information, see "Join OMPA".
OMPA shares a common goal with all Oregonians to work together to grow jobs and economic activity and support a fiscally responsible state budget. In these economic times, this is an extremely challenging task for our state's elected leadership, just as it is for the private sector commerical, film, video, television and new media production industry that OMPA represents. Media production however has proven itself as a bright spot in Oregon's economic landscape, presenting solutions for job growth and economic prosperity. The industry represents the jobs which manufacture the advertising, marketing, entertainment and communications that fuel the growth of a 21st Century economy.
The programs that encourage jobs in the media production industry build jobs and grow the economy while raising revenue for the state to pay for those efforts. OMPA applauds the Oregon legislature for maintaining these programs for the past 6 years, and we encourage the 2011 legislature to continue them. The economic impact is immediate, reaches across many aspects and all regions of Oregon's economy, and cultivates an industry which promises to grow in the 21st Century.
The Numbers Add Up
Oregon's industry already accounts for $709 million per year in direct spending (and $1.39 billion of combined direct and indirect economic impact) according to the most recent analysis referenced here . $600 milllion of that is from Oregon companies - commercial producers, independent producers, post-houses, broadcasts television producers, web video firms and others.
To cultivate this industry and contribute to Oregon's creative industries infrastructure, our state stimulated investments from private projects to generate over $60 million increase in spending in Oregon in 2009 alone. The cost to stimulate this investment in Oregon was 12% of the revenue earned, and the economic impact to the state is determined as:
For every million dollars spent in Oregon by out-of-state productions, about $123,260 in state and local government revenues are generated.
Source: Economic Impact Analysis of the Oregon Film and Video Industry in 2007
That's 12% invested by government treasuries to attract projects, 12.3% returned.
Represented in dollars, in the last 5 years, the return to the state treasury was $1.5 million more than it spent, with $32.5 million allocated, $34 million returned. (See "Oregon Film Incentives Do More with Less" link above.)
Meanwhile, we've also generated at least $60 million dollars per year in spending in Oregon. That money came from out of state and wouldn't have existed in Oregon's economy otherwise. More importantly, the investment means jobs and cash flow to actors, painters, photographers, writers, directors, camera people, animators, data technicians, and drivers (among many others) as well as a host of supportive Main Street businesses from hotels, leasing agents and banks to hardware stores, caterers, and craft stores. All while building resources and infrastructure to allow our industry to continue to thrive and employ tomorrow's workforce.
The fact that the economic development programs that generated this activity returns more money to the state treasuries than is spent by them makes it a smart choice to move Oregon's economy forward, and a solution to Oregon's jobs crisis.
We appreciate your taking the time to become better informed on this opportunity to increase employment and spur economic growth in Oregon.
OMPA promotes our top-notch talent among Oregon's resources to the production industry and welcomes actors in OMPA membership.
OMPA is the voice of the professional members of Oregon's commercial, film, video, and interactive media production industry. More