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High Five
Thursday, June 18, 2009

As filming wrapped up for "Untitled Crowley Project," the TV series "Leverage" arrived on the scene in Clackamas. Both projects have boosted business in the Portland area and provided jobs for hundreds of unemployed Oregonians.

With a record 12.4 percent unemployment rate in Oregon and about 12 percent unemployment in Portland, there's at least one bright spot on the local job horizon: Hollywood has come to town -- and been hiring.

Lana Veenker has spent the past several weeks sending out e-mails like this: "URGENT CALL FOR 60 EXTRAS ON 'LEVERAGE.' " The pressure's been on for Veenker, who runs her own casting company. But she's not complaining. Lots of work? In this economy? Veenker and other members of Portland's filmmaking community say they welcome it.

Read the full article at Oregonlive.com.

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