The St. Louis County Board of Commissioners is considering a film production incentive in hopes of attracting movies and TV series to film in northern Minnesota.
The $1 million incentive would reimburse up to 25% of a production's costs within St. Louis County after the project is finished, with expenditures audited by the county, according to county documents.
The idea behind this incentive is that it would increase jobs and growth within the county and region.
"Northern Minnesota has attracted a growing interest in the creation of movies, documentaries, commercials, and related video media productions due to its rich history, landscapes and locations; and ... local talent exists and continues to grow in providing and supporting the film industry with local artists, blue-collar labor, and skilled trade workers," the resolution states.
The board is scheduled to vote on a resolution on Tuesday. The resolution directs county staff to look into the legal aspects associated with this program and develop a detailed incentive program policy, procedures and funding, which will be considered at a future board meeting.
According to the Star Tribune, this would be the first county-level incentive of its kind in Minnesota.
The state has a "snowbate" incentive program, but it's lost funding in recent years, with the paper noting the Minnesota Legislature has considered but hasn't passed an incentive program at the state level to boost the "snowbate" program.