I’m a big fan of thinking outside the box. Conventional ideas on boosting the local economy not only bore me, but are just really unconvincing to me for the most part. The only type of conventional wisdom that I agree with is the need for manufacturing jobs, and those are hard to get. They’re not impossible, Honda just opened a factory here in Georgia for example, but they’re difficult.
So, maybe the secret is to look outside the box. The purpose of this column is to see what the great minds who read the blog think, but I’ve got one idea all on my own.
You see, I’m a movie buff. Always have been. One of my fondest childhood memories was going to see Star Wars in the theater for the very first time in the theater. I’ve even written two screenplays. They’re bad, but I wrote them. I love movies.
Apparently, Sherwood Baptist Church loves movies too. Their movies are quite successful. Facing the Giants was a little surreal for me, because the halls of Sherwood Christian were used for the fictional Shiloh Christian Academy. What made it surreal was that those halls used to be the halls of Riverview Academy, my alma mater. It was a little unusual to say the least.
But Facing the Giants was pretty successful. The next Sherwood project, Fireproof, debuted at something like number 4 at the box office. It beat out films with big name Hollywood stars. Kurt Cameron doesn’t fill those seats on his own either. Sherwood has something cool, a movie empire in the making. It’s something that Albany as a whole can build on.
The idea of the film industry doing well in Albany intrigues me. Albany Tech could train people in various film industry jobs, and some people are already trained believe it or not. Things like electricians, carpenters, etc are already here, and could probably use the work. Even some camera people are around, though WALB and WFXL already have most of those employed I’d assume.
And these jobs apparently pay pretty well. A cousin of mine in the film industry boasts a Beverly Hills address. And she’s part of the crew, not the director or anything of the sort. Now, I doubt she’s in some massive mansion or anything, but I can’t imagine a Beverly Hills address that could be classified as “slums”. And with Albany’s lower cost of living, we can actually boast of less cost for those people.
Now, I’m just sort of thinking out loud here, and I’m really interested in what you guys think about not just this idea (which isn’t well thought out, I’ll be the first to admit), but your own ideas. Conventional ideas need to take a backseat. Get creative.
Written by Tom Knighton. Read his blog at SWGA Politics.com. A lifelong political junkie, Tom started out his adult life as a journalism major at Darton College before leaving school to serve his nation as a U.S. Navy Corpsman. Through the years, he has watched government from outside and inside. A former Reagan supporter, then later a Democrat, Tom now finds himself quite comfortable as a card carrying Libertarian and all around smart-elec.