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Scottsbluff council approves adding “film production” to L.B. 840 qualifying businesses

The Scottsbluff City Council Tuesday evening approved an LB-840 Review Committee recommendation to expand the city’s economic development plan to allow “film production.”

City Manager Nathan Johnson says when the Coen brothers recently shot portions of a film here, it started the discussion.

Johnson said, “It is a direct response to the Coen Brothers film and the potential of additional films coming in the future. The Coen Brothers film staff spent over a million dollars with local businesses while they were here, so it is tremendous potential economic development for not only the city of Scottsbluff but the region. ”

Johnson says LB-840 funds were not available for the Coen Brothers at the time the film was being produced. However, he says there was some discussion at the time as to whether they could be provided some incentives when the city was on the short list for finalists.

The council’s action also allows L.B. 840 funds to be used to assist Jody Lamp and Melody Dob son’s  film “Legacy Project 2019,”  an observation of the 100-Year Anniversary of America’s First Triple Crown Winner and A Tribute to Nebraska’s Legendary National thoroughbred Horse Racing Hall of Fame Trainers featuring – John A. Nerud of Minatare, Nebraska and Marion and Jack Van Berg of Columbus. 

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