From the Associated Press
ALEXANDRIA (AP) - Alexandria has been granted $1.7 million in state money to be used partly for the creation of television and movie production studios at England Industrial Airpark.
Receiving the money for a capital state outlay funding project would enter the city into a cooperative endeavor agreement with the state in which a building at the industrial park would be renovated to house both the studios and a medical business incubator.
City officials, who made the announcement at the Greater Alexandria Economic Development Authority's regular meeting, were reluctant to say exactly where the studios would be, fearing that releasing too much information could jeopardize ongoing talks with production companies.
Alexandria Economic Development Director Bill Hess estimates leasing the studios could generate $1.9 million to $2.3 million for the city. Hess says as many as 150 jobs per production could be created by the studios.
Officials say one syndicated television show has already signed on to film in Alexandria, and another one is seriously considering Central Louisiana as a filming location.
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