Today is National Philanthropy Day. Nonprofits and charities across America will be telling their stories in the hope that those who are able will give to their various causes and constituencies.
As a nonprofit ourselves, the Greater Cleveland Film Commission (GCFC) will be doing the same.
Our story is about creating a new industry in Northeast Ohio. It’s about attracting new people to the region, and retaining all the amazing young talent we already have. It’s about creating more high-paying jobs, new small businesses and developing a workforce than can compete with any in the world.
In 2007, Ivan Schwarz became the second President of GCFC. He inherited an organization that operated in an industry dominated by film tax incentives, but in a state without one itself. He knew that to be competitive with other states that were growing new production industries, we would need to present Hollywood with a competitive tax credit.
Due to GCFC’s advocacy efforts, the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit passed in 2009. Almost immediately, Northeast Ohio saw the benefit of those incentives, having hosted over 90 productions in the region since the tax credit was passed, including “The Avengers,” “Draft Day,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “The Land,” “My Blind Brother,” “The Fate of the Furious,” and “White Boy Rick.”
An economic impact study from Cleveland State University found that since 2009, the tax credit has generated over $400 million in economic impact, created over 1,700 full-time equivalent jobs and put $2.01 into Ohio’s economy for every dollar spent by the incentive.
GCFC sees $0 from the productions it attracts to the area, and relies solely on the support of community partners, sponsors, and people like you.
We need your help to bring more jobs, engage more local businesses and create even more economic impact in the region with this growing industry.
We need your help to make Cleveland a global production destination.
Your support is more than a donation, it’s an investment in the future of Northeast Ohio.