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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2015 Archives > February 2015 > Mayor Brown Seeks Proposals To Attract Film Industry To The City Of Buffalo

Mayor Brown Seeks Proposals To Attract Film Industry To The City Of Buffalo


February 11, 2015 - The television, motion picture and post-production industries provide direct economic benefits to communities in which they film: they create jobs, attract investments, generate tax revenues, and stimulate local economies. That’s why today Mayor Byron Brown and the Buffalo Niagara Film Commission Chair Cindy Abbott-Letro announced the release of a request for proposals (RFP) for a qualified consulting team who can help grow this unique market in the City of Buffalo.

“This is an exciting time for Downtown Buffalo and the arts and cultural industries play a major role in our city’s progress,” said Mayor Brown.  “We’ve made great progress in a short period of time in Buffalo and by hiring a development team to help us further grow the television, film and post-production industry in Buffalo, we will continue to build on the momentum that’s underway, spurring more investment, creating jobs and attracting young professionals to our city.”

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) estimates that the film industry in New York State supports 146,881 jobs which generate $9.8 billion in salaries annually.  To take advantage of this growing industry, the City is seeking a qualified consulting group to provide consulting services, in collaboration with the Buffalo Niagara Film Commission, to attract film industry activity to Buffalo. Targeted areas for economic development include pre-production, production, and post-production for motion pictures, television, and commercials.

“In the past ten years, Buffalo and Western New York have become new hotbeds for movie and television production,” said Buffalo Niagara Film Commissioner Tim Clark.  “Mayor Brown is a vigilant partner for us in our marketing efforts and this RFP demonstrates once again that his commitment to the film industry is solid during this era when Buffalo continues to reinvent itself.”

Matters for which the City may require advice, counsel, recommendations, and representation include but are not limited to:

  • Creation of a multi-year strategic plan to make Buffalo a more attractive destination for the film industry;
  • Organization and execution of lobbying and advocacy efforts to:
    • Increase in New York State tax incentives for pre-production, production, and post-production activities in Buffalo;
    • Establish a film tax exemption for purchases in Buffalo;
  • Formal analysis of Buffalo’s current film industry jobs and the development of quantifiable job growth goals;
  • Promotion of Buffalo’s film assets, capabilities and opportunities to production companies;
  • Identification of new funding, incentives, technical assistance, and infrastructure (editors, equipment rental, process trailers, transportation, etc.) for soundstage development and enhancement in Buffalo;
  • Establishment of a local workforce development/apprenticeship program for in-demand film jobs;
  • Development new of alliances with national airlines and other corporate partners to help lower the cost of bringing productions to Buffalo;
  • Promotion of Buffalo’s pioneering 19th and 20th century architecture as filming locations.

More information, including an electronic copy of the RFP, is available at