(SNews) – Christian actor Mark Wahlberg left Hollywood and moved to Nevada to give his children a better quality of life. Now he is getting ready to make Nevada the new Hollywood. Mark and other major players in the entertainment industry are backing an effort by the Nevada legislature to offer tax credits for the film industry.
Mark said: “I would love to see us building studios, creating jobs and just diversifying the economy. I’ve moved my last film here. I’m shooting another film here coming up in the summertime.
“I think there’s so much more opportunity to be created here. There’s so much growth and so much potential, it’s a wonderful opportunity for everybody to prosper.
Mark said earlier about his plans for the new Hollywood:
“We’re looking to create 10,000 jobs on the studio alone.
“The average salary would be $100,000 more than what it is now. We want to train people both in front of and behind the camera, create jobs, most importantly, first and foremost, for locals.”
Howard Hughes CEO David O’Reilly said: “Our employees and the future of Summerlin are inextricably linked with the Nevada economy.
“If we can strengthen, diversify and grow by bringing the film industry here, that will benefit all of us.
“That money is only earned if money is spent here.
“For a company to earn $190 million tax credit they would have to spend $633 million filming and creating economic development for this whole valley,” he said.
According to CBS:
Standing alongside Howard Hughes Corp. CEO David Reilly, Wahlberg said the bill would mean thousands of jobs and a long-term commitment to attracting the movie business to Southern Nevada.
“We want to create as much opportunity for as many people as possible,” he said.
“We want to uncover new and exciting talent. There are so many amazing storytellers out there and so many amazing stories to be told.”
Nevada is now home for Wahlberg, who left California. “I just wish I’d made the move sooner,” he said.