LT. GOV. LANDRIEU ACCEPTS $100,000 CHECK FROM LIONSGATE FILMS FOR WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM -- 03/09/2006
Office of Lieutenant GovernorFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 9, 2006
LT. GOV. LANDRIEU ACCEPTS $100,000 CHECK FROM LIONSGATE FILMS FOR WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
New Orleans, LA - Today, Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu accepted $100,000 from Lionsgate Films for the creation of a workforce development program for the film industry in Louisiana. Landrieu received the check on behalf of the Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation, which was established by the Office of the Lieutenant Governor and the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism to support efforts that strengthen the cultural economy in Louisiana. The contribution will serve as seed money for what is expected to become a robust fund to provide training and educational opportunities for Louisianans interested in pursuing careers in the state's growing film industry.
"Lionsgate's contribution for the establishment of a workforce development program embodies the mission of the Cultural Economy Foundation and underscores their commitment to providing opportunities for Louisiana citizens that will help them rebuild their careers, their lives and their communities," said Landrieu.
Landrieu also said "This investment also demonstrates their willingness to be long-time partners and play an important role in strengthening the Cultural Economy in Louisiana. I hope other film companies that believe in Louisiana's potential to rebuild will become partners in our workforce development efforts by contributing to the Cultural Economy Foundation."
The check presentation took place at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans, which offers workforce development programs in film. The contribution was the result of meetings between Lt. Gov. Landrieu and Lionsgate executives immediately following Hurricane Katrina.
"Today is the culmination of several discussions and meetings with Lionsgate executives after the storm regarding the importance of building Louisiana's workforce in the film industry," Landrieu said. "One of our biggest challenges and biggest opportunities is increasing the number of people in Louisiana who are trained at all levels in the film industry. Our research tells us that we must increase the size of our workforce if we want to maintain our position as a top American destination for film projects. The commitment we received today from Lionsgate proves they understand this and are willing to partner with us to achieve our goals."
For more information about the Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation, visit www.crt.state.la.us.