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FMPTA CONNECTIONS AIMED AT REDUCING UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IN FLORIDA
(DeLand, FL) Florida Motion Picture & Television Association (FMPTA), has released a program designed at reducing the unemployment rate in Florida, through a searchable database of skilled industry professionals.
With the national unemployment rate increased last month by 0.1 percent, Florida saw a drop in May 2012 to 8.6 percent from the month ago rate of 8.7 percent. While the majority of nonagricultural employment (not seasonally adjusted) in the twelve metro areas decreased the unemployment rate, Florida is still ranked higher than the national rate, at 8.2 percent, as reported by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) on June 15th.
After two years of development, Florida Motion Picture & Television Association, Inc. is making FMPTA Connectionssm , the searchable database of FMPTA members, globally available to all production companies. The purpose of the database is "to enhance the mission of FMPTA through the promotion of our members," states a jubilant Linda Nesmith, the database creator and administrator. "This becomes the most comprehensive list in our thirty eight year history of members that can be used to market Florida industry professionals."
A national marketing strategy was initiated with the advertisement in the April 13, 2012 issue of The Hollywood Reporter.
Industry professionals across the state are invited to join FMPTA to take advantage of this powerful membership benefit opportunity by contacting the FMPTA office for an application. Productions looking for cast, crew and support professionals can register in FMPTA Connections. Once the production has been validated, a user id and password will be sent, granting the company access to search by business name (of FMPTA Business members), by last name (of the individual members) or by one of the more than (200) industry skill types.
"The creation of this searchable database is now the networking tool of the future, when joined with our other social media outlets," explained FMPTA President, Thomas P. Mitchell, Sr. "Ms. Nesmith and her team deserve a hearty round of applause for their tenacity at accomplishing this daunting task. I'm certain this single project will be a key element in assisting industry professionals to gain further employment opportunities."
FMPTA serves the motion picture, television, audio recording and digital media industries in the State of Florida. Members include producers, directors, casting agents, cameramen, actors, stuntmen, technicians, make-up artists, set designers, equipment rental companies, recording studios and trade/craft services. The mission of FMPTA is to promote motion picture, television, audio recording, theater and digital media in Florida.
To Access FMPTA Connections: www.fmpta.org
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