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January 22, 2019
Santa Fe Ranked #3 Best Small City/Town to Live and Work by MovieMaker Magazine

SANTA FE RANKED #3 BEST SMALL CITY/TOWN TO LIVE AND WORK BY MOVIEMAKER MAGAZINE MARKING FOURTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR IN TOP THREE

Santa Fe, NM: Santa Fe has been ranked #3 Best Small Town to Live/Work in North America by MovieMaker Magazine in 2019. This marks four years in a row that Santa Fe has been ranked in the list’s Top Three. “This is terrific news which underscores our commitment to the creative economy, as well as the industry’s recognition of Santa Fe as a global center for world-class production,” said Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber. “I’d also like to congratulate my southern counterpart, Mayor Keller, on Albuquerque’s #1 ranking for large cities this year. I’d say we’ve done New Mexico proud while creating hundreds of jobs and pumping tens of millions of dollars into the local economy.”

In addition to the number and quality of local productions, MovieMaker cited Santa Fe’s “proactive, engaging” Film Office as one reason for the region’s success. “We’re a joint Santa Fe City/County operation but as a practical matter we serve as a resource for productions throughout the entire north central New Mexico region – Rio Arriba county, Taos, Los Alamos, Mora, San Miguel,” said Film Office Executive Director Eric Witt. “It’s one of the tremendous attractions of the area, that within a ninety-mile radius one encounters virtually every major climatic zone on earth save tropical rainforests and an ocean front. Though I hear the way things are going we may have the latter in a century or two.”

Witt also noted Albuquerque’s top ranking for large cities as a huge positive. “New Mexico overall continues to be seen as a global industry leader and an enormously attractive place to be,” he said. “It also underscores the exceptional opportunity now facing the legislature and new administration, after what were a very challenging eight years, to realign the program and reposition the state as the go-to location not only for one-off productions but also for a longer-term presence. This industry has clearly proven itself as a tremendous engine for economic growth and diversity – two things all political stripes agree on.”

MovieMaker Magazine Article: www.moviemaker.com/archives/news/best-places-to-live-and-work-as-a-movimaker-2019-small-cities-and-towns/4/ 

Santa Fe Film Office: www.sffo.film 

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