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These remarks were given by Sujit CanagaRetna, SLC Fiscal Policy Manager, at a briefing set up by the Georgia Council for International Visitors (GCIV) on May 13, 2014, for officials from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. The remarks offer an overview of the work of the SLC, trade between Southern States and East Asia, and SLC state efforts to promote tourism.

Like many programs, state tourism efforts took a significant hit during the Great Recession. Experts argue, however, that cutting tourism marketing programs can have long-term negative consequences for state economies.

During the 16-day federal government shutdown, states lost substantial tourism revenue with the closure of national parks and monuments. Several states negotiated ad hoc deals with the National Park Service to reopen the parks on a short term basis using only federal workers. Efforts are now underway to reimburse states for the costs associated with opening the parks to the public. 

Ohio Senate Bill 116, introduced by Democratic Senator Eric H. Kearney and co-sponsored by Republican Sen. Bill Seitz, aims to exempt cities with populations over 50,000 from the state open container laws.  Cities would be able to designate “entertainment districts”, a one-half mile square area within which alcohol could be purchased and carried on the streets.  The idea is modeled after other popular tourist destinations such as New Orleans, LA, Las Vegas, NV, Savannah, GA, and Memphis, TN which allow open containers in some public places.  

Stateline Midwest ~ June 2012

After many years of debate, the Minnesota Legislature has approved a plan to build a new stadium for the Vikings, the state’s National Football League team.

Under HF 2958, signed into law in May, the state will contribute $348 million to the project —...

Tax incentives to attract the filmmaking industry are expected to receive close scrutiny in 2011 by legislatures and newly elected governors in at least three Midwestern states.

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The multi-faceted contributions of the arts and arts-related activities have not fully grasped the attention of a broad cross-section of American society. To many Americans, the arts are considered the enclave of a few high-profile cultural institutions and their elite patrons. To the contrary, beyond the intrinsic benefits of the arts—i.e., benefits that serve to enrich an individual’s life experiences, standard of living and learning—there is substantial research on the crucial role played by the arts in generating a significant level of broad-based economic growth in practically every corner of the country. Public funding for the arts suffers considerably during an economic downturn as governments cut back on spending but research demonstrates that a relatively miniscule legislative appropriation to the arts leads to economic flows that far exceed this investment.

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The major objective of this Regional Resource is to provide a broad sketch of how the 16 SLC states are working proactively toward luring the motion picture and television industries to work within their borders. In addition, this Regional Resource sets the stage for why the film industry landscape in the United States recently has become very competitive with states vying aggressively for the business of filmmakers by offering both new and revised financial and other incentives.

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This presentation by Sujit M. CanagaRetna, Fiscal Policy Manager at the Southern Legislative Conference (SLC), was given as Testimony Before a Hearing of the Georgia Senate Grassroots Arts Program Study Committee at the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta, Georgia on November 20, 2006.

The economic impact of the arts is an issue that the SLC has been studying for well over two decades now. The SLC’s ongoing review of this topic and publications is a reflection of the recognition of its importance to SLC economies and public officials in the South. As demonstrated in these reports, a relatively miniscule investment in the arts results in substantially larger financial returns alongside many other benefits. The presentation summarizes a report completed earlier this year, entitled From Blues to Benton to Bluegrass: the Economic Impact of the Arts in the South, the most recent SLC report focusing on the arts in 16 Southern states.

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The multilayered contributions of the arts and arts-related activities rank among the lesser known and unheralded aspects of contemporary American society. Beyond the intrinsic benefits of the arts—i.e. benefits that serve to enrich an individual’s life experiences, standard of living and learning—advocates recently have demonstrated the crucial role played by the arts in generating a significant level of economic growth. In fact, highlighting the substantial private and public economic benefits from a thriving arts environment continues to be a theme often stressed by arts advocates of every stripe across the country.

Consequently, the objective of this report* is to capture elements of this theme by focusing on the 16 states that belong to The Council of State Governments’ Southern office, the Southern Legislative Conference (SLC). This is not the first time that the SLC has featured this topic among its publications, with the most recent effort in November 2000, and the SLC’s ongoing review of this topic is a reflection of the recognition of its importance to SLC economies and public officials in the South.