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|Wednesday, May 01, 2013|
BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR
“It is madness to have such a perfectly built and fitted prison facility lying idle.”
So says Christopher Toyne, a Portland-based actor who serves on the board of the Oregon Media Production Association. The madness in question would be the taxpayer-funded $60 million Wapato jail in North Portland, which has yet to be used for its original purpose. The facility, which was built in 2004, costs Multnomah County $300,000 a year to maintain.
But if inmates have never occupied the jail, Hollywood is filling the void.
According to Multnomah County building manager Mark Gustafson, about five film crews have used the jail this year; 12 took advantage of the perfectly built prison in 2012. The county doesn't charge a daily rate, as that would constitute a subsidy of the film industry. Instead crews pay “cost recovery” charges: i.e., extra staff time, security guards, janitorial services.
Such costs can run as low as the Dark Place rate of about $300-$500 per day, to the estimated $3,500 daily rate incurred by NBC’s Grimm.
Many other film and television productions have used the facility, including Cell Count, Lucky Hogg, Train Master II, and The Watcher.
Since the cost recovery charges don't yield income for the county, the economic payoff comes from money film crews spend on car rentals, hotels, food etc.
"That's where the county benefits," said Gustafson, who spoke to me on the phone from the county's Inverness facility. "It's a jail that actually has inmates," he said.
In related news:
Gov. Kitzhaber has proposed expanding funding for the Oregon Production Investment Fund, a tax rebate program designed to help recruit film and video businesses to Oregon. However, the Joint Ways & Means Committee has reccommended against the increase. The film and video industry is planning a rally tomorrow at the state capitol in support of HB 2267, which would double the rebate program from $6 million to $12 million.
Linda Baker keeps tabs on public policy and CEO issues.
Friday, April 04, 2014
BY ERIC FRUITS
The rapidly rising cost of higher education has left even the smartest researchers and the wonkiest of wonks wondering what’s happening and where’s all that money going. More and more, prospective students—and their families—are asking: Is college worth the cost?
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Our 100 Best Companies project turned 21 this year, so pop open the Champagne. Our latest survey gives us plenty to cheer.
Thursday, March 06, 2014
BY HANNAH WALLACE | OB BLOGGER
The founder of Pacific Foods talks about why his company has flown under the radar in Oregon, how saving a family-run chicken hatchery has helped his bottom line and why he thinks organic food is anything but elitist.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
BY MARK BLAINE | OB BLOGGER
The publisher of the Emerald Media Group moves on, leaving a cutting edge media group that depends on business acumen for its survival.
Tuesday, April 01, 2014
BY APRIL STREETER | OB CONTRIBUTOR
Three years ago, PPS set out to begin to convert the 1930s-era boilers from diesel/bunker fuel to cleaner-burning natural gas. Oregon’s largest school district has realized impressive carbon dioxide emissions reductions, setting an example for public and private institutions.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
BY BRANDON SAWYER
The 100 Best Companies get more creative with perks and more generous with benefits; employees seek empowering relations with management and coworkers.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
BY VIVIAN MCINERNY | OB BLOGGER
Oregon is home not only to many fine writers but also several accomplished small publishers.
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