Grant & Loan Awards: Miller County


Miller County

Equity Fund: $499,999

Awarded: 01/18/2005

Applicant: Miller County Development Authority

Equity funds for construction of a 22,000 SF facility for lease to a private film/video/television production company. The company, under the guidance of Ralph Wilcox, a 30-year veteran in the television and film industry, seeks to build on the community's success as a tourism and cultural arts destination, including Swamp Gravy with over 17,000 tourists annually. Colquitt-Miller County and Mr. Wilcox have established relationships with area schools and colleges including Bainbridge, LaGrange, Darton Colleges and FSU. Bainbridge College has implemented a 1-year film, video and stage technology program, and FSU Film School has confirmed its interest in developing a similar relationship. A commitment is established with The Boys' Choir of Tallahassee, providing the choir an opportunity for exposure to the arts while promoting economic development in SW Georgia. The facility will seek to create opportunities for film and video production in a low-overhead environment while also expanding quality of life and cultural arts educational opportunities.

Total Budgeted Project Cost: $713,761

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