OREGON COUNTY -- Seeking exposure for Oregon County, local economic developer Edd Hatten came up with a unique idea recently when he invited the director of the Missouri Film Commission to the county to take a look around.
The Missouri Film Commission is an office within the Department of Economic Development.
The office works to promote Missouri as a location for filmmaking. Director Jerry Jones said feature film projects, national and regional commercials, television shows, documentaries and other types of film and video projects can provide jobs and a substantial economic impact for any Missouri community.
Jones said his office receives 600 to 700 calls a year from production companies looking for certain areas to make their films.
"A major feature film project can spend $100,000 a day in a community and bring as many as 100 to 125 people to a community to work," Hatten said.
Freelance writer for Travel magazine Pam Dildy accompanied Jones to the area.
Hatten planned a two-day adventure for the pair.
Aug. 11 was spent with the economic developer touring scenic sites of the county. Some of the sights toured include Riverton Access, Boze Mill, the Irish Wilderness and Turner Mill North. Hatten said by the time the group reached Turner Mill, Jones had shot more than 100 pictures. They ended the scenic tour by going to Falling Spring, Greer Spring and Grand Gulf.
The morning of Sept. 13 was spent seeing the sites in Alton and Thayer. A home cooked noon meal was served at what Hatten called "one of the best kept secrets in the area," Sherwood Forest Ranch and Resort.
Hatten said a good crowd, including local elected officials, chamber of commerce representatives and business owners attended the luncheon. The lunch was prepared by the Hatten family at little cost to the county.
Hatten said he was pleased with the turnout and interest shown by both local residents and Jones and Dildy.