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Clackamas County economic development team received Governor's Film Advocacy Award

Two Clackamas County employees were honored Tuesday, Jan 15. with the Governor's Film Advocacy Award for their contributions to assisting Oregon's film and television industry.

Catherine Comer and Jamie Johnk of the county's Business and Economic Development division, were  recognized for their efforts in developing Clackamas County's Film and Media Production program.

The Governor's office acknowledges individuals around the state for substantial contributions to Oregon's film and media industry. Comer and Johnk are principally behind development of the county's emerging film and production program, a newly established initiative under Business and Economic Development.

The initiative has produced a report that demonstrates $212 million in gross domestic product and nearly 5,000 direct jobs in television, movies and commercials. Among other key developments, the county has developed a one-stop, streamlined permitting process that enhances production schedules and reduces production delays.

"This is a great honor for Clackamas County," said County Commissioner Paul Savas, who attended the event. "The film and media program brings jobs and revenue and also further strengthens our business friendly environment."

"I am very pleased that Catherine and Jamie are being recognized for their efforts. Film and media representatives are spreading the word within their industry of the positive experiences working in Clackamas County," said Gary Barth, Clackamas County's director of Business and Community Services. "When the industry helps promote our business community, we know we are having a positive impact."

Comer and Johnk received the award during the Governor’s Office and Film and Television annual meeting in Lincoln Hall at Portland State University.

For more information please contact Tim Heider at (503) 742-5911.

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