Ulster County Executive Mike Hein Launches The Ulster County Film Finance Program In Conjunction With Financial Institutions To Grow & Attract Film, Media And Television Business

Posted October 10, 2017

Kerhonkson, N.Y. –Ulster County Executive Mike Hein, in partnership with The Bank of Greene County, Catskill Hudson Bank, Ulster Savings Bank, and Wallkill Valley Federal Savings & Loan, announced the launch of Ulster County’s Film Finance Program. Over the short-term, the program will encourage more film, media, and television productions to select Ulster County as their filming location. Ultimately, the program’s goal is to grow the sector locally and create more career opportunities for Ulster County’s youth and industry professionals.

The Ulster County Film Finance Program represents an initial commitment of $8 million for 2018 by four local financial institutions. The program benefits include:

  • Cash advances on distribution contracts with top-tier distributors
  • Bridge financing on approved New York State tax credits for bonded productions
  • Local bank account and debit cards for qualified production companies
  • Favorable loans for property, equipment, capital improvements and lease fit-outs for post-production facilities in Ulster County

The new Film Finance Program is made possible by the Bank of Greene County, Catskill Hudson Bank, Ulster Savings Bank, and Wallkill Valley Federal Savings & Loan and will be available to film, media and television production and post-production businesses working in Ulster County. The program will be administered by these financial institutions and promoted through the County‘s Office of Economic Development.  This program is the result of extensive outreach with multiple film, media and television industry professionals.

“Ulster County is attracting an increasing number of film, media, and television productions and industry professionals. Our local businesses associated with the film industry are thriving. We want to build on this momentum and attract more film, media and televisions productions to choose Ulster County as their filming location. Not only that, we want to grow the local film, media and television sector and create good jobs.  This new Film Finance Program is here to do just that. Together with the NYS tax credits it will be an important driver for growing this industry right here in Ulster County.” said Hein.

“We are excited to launch Ulster County’s Film Finance Program with an initial commitment of $8 million for 2018 by our local financial institutions," Hein continued. "This program will make it easier to attract film productions and for production and post-production companies to locate their business here. I would like to thank Donald E. Gibson, President, Chief Executive Officer & Director, Bank of Greene County; Kevin S. McLaren, President, Catskill Hudson Bank; Bill Calderara, President & CEO, Ulster Savings Bank; and Mike Horodyski, President & Chief Executive Officer, Wallkill Valley Federal Savings & Loan for their innovative thinking, which makes this Film Finance Program possible.

Mike Hein has been leading the charge to bring the production boom to the Hudson Valley. He has been an incredible partner to us in a multitude of ways, including working to help get increased tax incentives for the region. This is a clear example of his innovative thinking around economic development and job creation through film & television production.
— Mary Stuart Masterson, Stockade Works

“Ulster County has a lot to offer to the industry: unique geographic features, picturesque locations and welcoming communities to host film productions, and three certified sound stages," Hein added. "We have a well-established creative community through the work of the Hudson Valley Film Commission and Woodstock Film Festival, and a growing number of experienced and aspiring industry professionals. We also see an increasing number of local film and media businesses – Markertek, BCDF Pictures, Edgeworx, Ellenbogen Media, Stockade Works to name just a few – that are thriving in the area and we want to help them succeed and grow over the long-term. For new businesses looking to locate here, we have quality post-production sites and flex-work spaces in the 721 Media Center, Tech City, and soon the Fuller Building and The Metro that offer key industry infrastructure, like broadband and high-speed dark fiber. The new Film Finance program is designed to make filming and setting up post-production businesses easier and bring more jobs to our community."

The Film Finance Program will be a strong signal to the industry and contribute to making this area a go-to destination for productions. Growing the film and television sector is poised to provide well-paying, quality jobs for Hudson Valley residents.
—  Beth Davenport, Stockade Works

 

The Bank of Greene County is the only locally based community bank with office in Greene, Columbia, Albany, and Ulster counties, and has proudly served the Hudson Valley for over 125 years. See also www.tbogc.com(link is external)

Catskill Hudson Bank is headquartered in Kingston, NY with over $400 Million in assets and 12 branches serving the Hudson Valley and Capital Regions. See also www.catskillhudsonbank.com(link is external)

Ulster Savings Bank has been serving the diverse financial needs of the Hudson Valley for over 166 years.  An $838 million dollar community bank, Ulster Savings offers all the technological conveniences for easy banking along with a wide variety of customized financing options. See also www.ulstersavings.com(link is external)

Wallkill Valley Federal Savings & Loan is a community minded bank serving individuals and locally owned businesses throughout the Hudson Valley. See also www.wallkill.com

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