by Jordan Green

Governor proposes funds for film industry training

Gov. Bev Perdue plans to include $1 million in her proposed 2012-2013 budget to support training in the film industry at Forsyth Tech and Cape Fear Community College. The governor announced the initiative last week at EUE Screen Gem Studios in Wilmington. A press release from the governor’s office states that the program would hire local film industry professionals to teach skills for set construction, paint and plas- ter work, set dressing and props, camera work, wardrobe work, hair and makeup, grip work, electrical and production office support, and would train up to 400 people for private-sector jobs in the industry. North Carolina’s star in the filmmaking world has recently risen with the release of The Hunger Games, which was filmed near Asheville.

Ralph Lauren considers another expansion in High Point

Public hearings on economic incentives for Ralph Lauren Corp. are scheduled for Thursday before the Guilford County Commission and May 14 before High Point City Council. Ralph Lauren Media received a combined package of $3.5 million from the state of North Carolina, the city of High Point and Guilford County in 2006 to support its facility on Kivett Drive. That expansion created 400 new jobs, the largest employment injection in the city until February, when Solstas Lab Partners announced it would create 500 new jobs.