Waco: Council considers seeking “Film Friendly” designation

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) There's no business like show business.

The Waco City Council voted Tuesday in favor of a measure that will help the city tap into the movie and film industry.

The Texas Film Commission's program sets guidelines to help cities and production crews work better together.

It markets cities to people in the film and movie industry.

The designation means a city has done things like created a logistics plan for closing streets and notifying residents, has outlined the permit and application requirements, and has established rules regarding when and where to shoot.

For example, filming hours would be between 7 a.m. to midnight Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to midnight on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.

The Waco Convention and Visitors Bureau said this designation would help support local businesses.

Director of Marketing, Carla Pendergraft, said in regards to film crews and visitor, "So they are staying in our hotels. They're eating at our restaurants. Hopefully they are getting out sightseeing and that brings economic impact to Waco."

Experts also said it could keep Film and Digital Media students who graduate from Baylor University in the city by providing job opportunities.

There are 100 "Film Friendly" cities in Texas.

Waco would be 101.