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Halpin helps secure $3.8 million film infrastructure grant for Rock Island studio

State Senator Mike Halpin helped secure a $3.8 million infrastructure grant for Fresh Films, awarded through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s Soundstage Capital Grant Program. 


“Western Illinois’ film industry has so much potential,” said Halpin (D-Rock Island). “Strategic state investment in our film infrastructure, including Fresh Films and the amazing work done at the Quad Cities Regional Film Office, will boost our local economy and give producers an affordable alternative to complete their projects.”


The Illinois Soundstage Capital Grant Program funds studio infrastructure projects in order to bolster Illinois’ rapidly growing streaming, TV and film industry. The grant funds can be used for building and modernizing soundstages and production space, which will help attract large-scale projects to Illinois while simultaneously bolstering economic activity for local businesses and creating employment opportunities.


The $3.8 million award will support the construction of soundstages, production offices, mill spaces and other facilities that attract and serve large-scale film and television productions. A Rock Island County site for the planned studio is expected to be announced in the coming months.


“Fresh Films is beyond thankful to be receiving this grant to build a studio in Rock Island County. We worked in collaboration with other local partners to showcase how combining our region's unique locations and history with soundstage studio infrastructure will attract large-scale TV and film productions to this part of the state,” said Kelli Feigley, Founder & Managing Director of Fresh Films. “The studio will serve as a catalyst to diversify the local economy, not just in job creation for local talent but also in how it can attract professionals from the entertainment industry, spurring the growth of related businesses and services which adds to the overall financial health of the community.  The grant is an investment in economic growth, cultural enrichment, and community development, with far-reaching benefits for the Western Illinois region and for the State of Illinois.  We look at this as an opportunity for all boats to rise as we partner together to benefit the region and its Illinois residents."

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