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Kansas City Council will vote on reopening film office

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Kansas City's film office was shuttered 12 years ago. The Kansas City Council will consider on Thursday reopening the office with plans to lure television and movie productions back to town.

The council will consider approving $100,000 to support the office. Mayor Sly James and other leaders believe Kansas City is missing out on economic opportunities due to the lack of a film office.

"By having a film office, we will be able to get some of the things that we've seen walk out the door because simply nobody was there to answer the phone," James said Monday.

A local group has championed the restoration of the film office.

"If we have somebody who is qualified, sitting in a position as the film commissioner, someone who knows how to effectively market our city to those producers and bring them here, that would be great," said Heather Laird, a local casting director and president of the Film Commission, which is a volunteer group.

During tough budget times, the film office was shuttered amid concerns it was in a competitive environment and not producing enough revenue.

After David Cook won American Idol, the FOX show came to Sprint Center to film. But Kansas City lost on America's Got Talent recently, which James blames on the lack of a film office.

"You need somebody in that office to take a phone call to talk Hollywood production speak. To bring them in, to show them Kansas City barbeque, show them the sites, help them visualize what it's going to look like when they come to shoot in your city," Laird said.

The City Council will pay $50,000 while $50,000 will come from the taxpayer-supported Convention and Visitors Association.

In addition to the $100,000 investment, the council will consider on Thursday another $200,000 investment in creative services.

KCTV5's DeAnn Smith contributed to this report.

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