VIEWPOINT: Delaware film incentives illuminate economic potential
Delaware’s adoption of film incentive regulations on June 11 marks a significant milestone in shaping the state’s economic landscape.
Led by the Delaware Motion Picture and Television Development Commission and supported by the nonprofit workgroup the Delaware Collective for Creative Economy, these regulations present an opportunity for substantial economic growth and development in the First State.
Neighboring states like New Jersey and Maryland have demonstrated the transformative impact of film productions on local communities. Delaware, as a smaller state, can leverage its unique advantages, including its rich history, diverse landscapes, proximity to major metropolitan areas, and collaborative nature, to attract filmmakers and create a thriving production hub. This will not only drive small business growth but also address social benefits and diversify the local economy.
The film industry brings opportunities for local entrepreneurs and service providers to cater to the needs of productions, fostering the growth of existing small businesses and the emergence of new ones. Additionally, the influx of job opportunities in various professions can reduce unemployment rates, provide training opportunities, and create a skilled workforce that contributes to other industries beyond film.
Currently, though film incentive directories list Delaware as an active state, there are no links to a dedicated resource page outlining the regulations or application process yet. As many filmmakers know from their time working in other established hubs, lack of a centralized data hub can be the difference between working and not.
In an effort to bridge this gap, the Collective, supported by Reel Families for Change, is working to establish a comprehensive archive of statewide assets and vendor information. Their aim is to ensure the success of the pilot program and foster a robust and inclusive creative economy in Delaware to give the state time to develop on their end.
With this kind of radically collaborative “small town state” approach, Delaware is poised to welcome a vibrant production industry, attracting major film projects, growing small businesses, and creating employment opportunities. This presents Delaware with the chance to rightfully establish itself in this national conversation. The stage is set, and Delaware has the potential to reap the rewards of a thriving film industry.
Want to seize this moment and embrace what the film industry can do for the First State? To learn how these regulations could benefit your business or to get involved, for general information about the Collective, or to get involved, reach out to email@example.com.