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Hollywood film producer to discuss "Operation Hollywood" project to hire veterans for film and media projects

Renownedfilm producer Suzanne DeLaurentiis will speak to Clackamas County CommissionersTuesday about her nationally prominent efforts to find film industry jobs forveterans and returning troops.

DeLaurentiishas won wide acclaim for her role in establishing “Operation Hollywood” aprogram dedicated to finding industry-related jobs for veterans.  She willdiscuss those efforts at a meeting with County Commissioners Tuesday, July 16.

ClackamasCounty Business and Economic Development Manager Catherine Comer along withAndy Mingo, Director of Digital Media Communications at Clackamas CommunityCollege have been working with DeLaurentiis to discuss a partnership betweenthe county, Operation Hollywood and Clackamas Community College – as part ofthe newly forming Clackamas Film and Media Alliance – focusing on similaropportunities in the film industry for local veterans.

“Overthe past months, we have unveiled new initiatives designed to make ClackamasCounty an inviting, user-friendly place to bring film and media projects,”Comer said.  “The mission of Operation Hollywood is so aligned with thecounty’s goals to assist veterans, this just makes sense.”

“Ithas always been my passion to help veterans,” DeLaurentiis states, “They havesacrificed so much for our freedom.  I think it’s important for all of usto give back.  We are excited to explore these new opportunities forreturning service men and women to have careers in the film industry.”

“Aswe continue to see Oregon's film and TV industry grow, we expect to need adeeper crew base to satisfy that growth,” Vince Porter, Executive Director ofthe Governor’s Office of Film and Television said.  “The notion oftraining Oregon's veterans to become film workers is a great idea.  I'msure the skills they have learned in the military will easily apply to the filmand television industry.”

DeLaurentiisrecently spoke at Camp Withycombe during theGovernor’s Executive Employment Brief which was hosted by the OregonNational Guard.

ClackamasCounty Business and Economic Development division serves as the primary liaisonbetween film and media productions, cities and agencies. It is responsible formarketing and attracting film and media-related businesses to Clackamas Countyfor the purpose of economic development; for assisting productions with thepermitting process; and for connecting and facilitating communications betweenClackamas County communities and productions.

To learn more about Clackamas County Business and Economic Development andits film and media initiatives, go to http://www.clackamas.us/business/film.html 

For more information,contact Tim Heider at theider@clackamas.usor 503-742-5911.

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