Dumas Designated as a Film Friendly Texas Community | KAMR

AUSTIN, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — Officials from the office of Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced Thursday that the town of Dumas was recently designated as 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 grow jobs and local economies through production related to film, television, video games and animation.

“I congratulate the town of Dumas for achieving the Film Friendly Texas designation and for joining the more than 160 other communities in Texas that have received this recognition,” Abbott said in the statement. “The Lone Star State is full of promise, and I look forward to continuing to work alongside all of our communities to ensure they have the knowledge and tools to succeed. Through the Film training and certification process Friendly Texas, communities large and small are ready to help local businesses meet production-related needs, create jobs for Texas-based team members and local residents, and boost onsite spending at local small businesses I’m proud of all that the Texas Film Commission has done to help communities like Dumas market their unique appeal and support local job creation through media production .

According to the release, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and Tourism’s Texas Film Commission has created more than 183,000 production jobs and caused about $1.95 billion in spending statewide since 2007.

“It’s no secret that the natural beauty of the Texas Panhandle, with its spectacular views, stunning sunsets and friendly people, draws cinema,” said State Rep. Four Price, R- Texas District 87 in the release. “Congratulations to the City of Dumas for achieving the Film Friendly Texas designation. Films produced in Film Certified Texas communities have significant and positive economic impacts on local and national 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 adapt filming activities on location in a community.

“Being designated as a Texas Film Friendly Community is so important on so many levels,” Carl Watson, executive director of the Dumas/Moore County Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center, said in the statement. “The economic impact provided by the motion picture media industry, whether a film or an advertisement, has a ripple effect, providing income to so many members of a community; the lasting effect will continue to provide benefits for years to come. We are thrilled to be able to work with the Texas Film Commission to help promote Texas as a location for these great projects.

For more information on Film Friendly Texas communities, visit their website.

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