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The Line: NBCUniversal Film and TV Project Comes to Albuquerque

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June 21, 2019 – Last week, NBCUniversal announced plans to expand its film and TV production with a multimillion-dollar project in downtown Albuquerque. The state is investing up to $7.7 million along with $3 million from Albuquerque in Local Economic Development Act (LEDA) funding to convert a present warehouse into a state-of-the-art studio. In return for these investments and additional tax incentives, NBCUniversal has committed to $500 million dollars of spending over the next decade, more than 300 full-time jobs at good wages, and $55,000 per year into training programs.

While the Albuquerque City Council voted unanimously to approve the city’s share of the funding, not everyone is on board with the investment, including the Rio Grande Foundation, a tax watchdog group. Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists weigh in on whether they think it’s a good economic deal for New Mexico.

Line Panelists:
Janice Arnold-Jones, former NM state representative
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR
Giovanna Rossi, Collective Action Strategies, “The Well Woman Show” (KUNM)
Harry Van Buren, UNM Anderson School of Management

For Further Reading:

City Council approves NBCUniversal incentive package – by Ron Davis, Albuquerque Business First

UPDATED: Getting NBCUniversal to open ABQ studio was a race to the finish – by Ron Davis and Rachel Sams, Albuquerque Business First

City council votes yes, bringing NBC Universal and over 300 jobs to Duke CityKOAT 7

The Line: Streetlights and Public Safety

May 17, 2019 – Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists continue the discussion of streetlights and public safety, especially in Albuquerque’s International District.

Line Panelists:
Janice Arnold-Jones, former NM state representative
Dan Boyd, capitol bureau chief, Albuquerque Journal
Sophie Martin, attorney
Dave Mulryan, founder, Everybody Votes and president, Mulryan/Nash Advertising

Further Information:
Websites and phone numbers to report outages:
http://pnm.com/streetlights ;  888.342.5766
http://envisionabq.com/  ;  800.370.0395

For Further Reading:
City of Albuquerque, PNM work to convert LED streetlights – KRQE TV
City of Albuquerque and PNM Team Up – May 8, 2019  — City of Albuquerque GOVTV