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RULE §121.7Underutilized and Economically Distressed Areas

(a) Projects which complete at least 25% of their total Filming Days in Underutilized or Economically Distressed Areas (UEDAs) may receive an additional 2.5% of total in-state spending. The additional 2.5% applies to all eligible spending in all areas of Texas; it is not restricted to the spending in UEDAs.

(b) In the event that multiple locations are utilized within a single Filming Day, in order to calculate the 25% of total Filming Days in UEDAs necessary to receive an additional 2.5% of total in-state spending, the Texas Film Commission (Commission) may pro-rate a given Filming Day by number of shooting locations reflected on production reports furnished by an Applicant to the Commission. For example, if eight shooting locations are utilized in a Filming Day, and five are located in UEDAs, 5/8 of that Filming Day will count in calculating the 25% of total Filming Days necessary to become eligible for the additional grant percentage.

(c) If one or more shooting locations are not located in UEDAs, but are serviced by a basecamp located in an UEDA, such shooting locations shall be deemed to be located in UEDAs when calculating the 25% of total Filming Days necessary to become eligible for the additional grant percentage. A production company must have paid financial consideration to the owner/leaseholder of the basecamp location pursuant to a location agreement to be considered a "basecamp" under this subsection. The basecamp location must be listed on the call sheets and/or other relevant production documentation.

(d) The Commission shall use maps to identify the areas that qualify for designation in accordance with §121.2(25) of this chapter. The maps in effect since August 28, 2011 shall expire on August 31, 2017 at which time the Commission shall update the maps. The Commission, having no obligation to do so, will endeavor to make such updated maps available in an electronic format on the Commission's Internet website up to 90 days prior to their effective date.

Source Note: The provisions of this §121.7 adopted to be effective March 10, 2008, 33 TexReg 2019; amended to be effective November 22, 2009, 34 TexReg 8029; amended to be effective August 28, 2011, 36 TexReg 5201; amended to be effective September 5, 2013, 38 TexReg 5714; amended to be effective March 6, 2014, 39 TexReg 1358; amended to be effective March 27, 2017, 42 TexReg 1399

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