Wednesday, January 24th | 6:30PM – 8:30PM
Georgia Public Broadcasting | 260 14th St NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
FREE for members | $20 for guests
- Mary Ellen McClanahan – Director, Entrepreneur & Small Business / Metro Project Manager, Georgia Department of Economic Development
- Alison Fibben – Project Manager, Georgia Film Office
- Craig Dominey – Senior Film Location Specialist/Camera Ready Program Manager, Georgia Film Office
In this program, you will learn:
- How the Commerce Division can help you find commercial space for your business
- Advantages of job tax incentives & what they are
- How the film office assists with location scouting for FREE
- How the film office services companies to create employment opportunities
Alison Fibben is a project manager at the Georgia Film Office, a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development. The office is charged with advancing Georgia as a film location to local, national and international film, television and commercial companies as well as promoting the growth of indigenous entertainment production. The office serves as a liaison between production representatives, the local film community and service companies. A seventeen year veteran of the office, Ms. Fibben oversees and administers the Georgia Entertainment Industry Investment Act incentive program, the divisional budget and marketing efforts of the office.
As Director of Entrepreneur & Small Business Development for the Georgia Department of Economic Development, Mary Ellen McClanahan helps find solutions and effective ways to build an entrepreneurial environment to support small business through mentoring, professional development, strategic planning and resource awareness. She also connects with Georgia’s business and community associations so that thousands of businesses, local leaders and practitioners are aware of resources and opportunities. She also directs any size businesses to the specific resources they need. Mary Ellen is also an Existing Industry Project Manager within the Metro Atlanta region. She calls on expanding companies making them aware of state resources and incentives and provides assistance with their growth plans and decision-making process. She also works closely with the local economic developers with their existing industry support efforts. During her 20 years with the department, she helped develop and grow its regional economic development program, the “Entrepreneur Friendly” Initiative and acted as legislative liaison. Prior to that, Mary Ellen was the economic developer and president of two rural South Georgia chambers of commerce in Dodge and Sumter Counties. Originally from Erie, PA and in Georgia since 1973, Mary Ellen serves on the boards of GEDA (Georgia Economic Developers Association), GACCE (GA Association of Chambers of Commerce Executives), Georgia Mentor Protégé Connection, the DeKalb Workforce Investment Board and Sandy Springs Economic Development Advisory Council. She is a 1997 graduate of Institute for Organization Management, Leadership Georgia and a 2000 graduate of EDI (Economic Development Institute).
Craig Dominey is the Creator and Manager of the State of Georgia’s Camera Ready Program, a groundbreaking initiative enabling county representatives to promote their unique shooting locations and other production assets directly to film and television producers. Craig oversees a network of 159 Georgia counties, manages the state’s location photo database, and trains Camera Ready county liaisons on how to work with the entertainment industry. Craig also serves as the Senior Film Location Specialist for the Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Office. For over sixteen years, his primary job has been to promote the state to production companies as a shooting location for feature films, television shows and other media productions. Craig scouts and photographs a wide variety of shooting locations throughout Georgia based on the scene requirements of a particular screenplay. Craig is the founder and producer of The Moonlit Road.com, a Southern storytelling website, podcast and radio show recently broadcast on SiriusXM Satellite Radio. Craig graduated from Wake Forest University with a degree in Speech Communication – Radio/TV/Film. He has served on the board of directors of Atlanta Film Festival 365, a media arts center devoted to independent film, and worked as a scriptwriter for numerous commercials and corporate videos. Craig has also served as a contributing writer for regional websites, magazines and newspapers.