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Tourism Department: OK is More than OK!

Background

The Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department’s function is to preserve, manage and promotes the state’s natural and cultural assets.

Executive Director: Deby Snodgrass | FY 2012 appropriation: $21,803,003 (3.1 percent cut from FY 2011)

The OTRD’s governing body is the nine-member Tourism Commission, which is chaired by Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb. The department oversees several key subdivisions and offices:

Oklahoma Today Magazine
Published since 1956, Oklahoma Today is a general interest magazine that covers the people, history and culture of the state. It has a paid circulation of $45,000.

Parks, Resorts and Golf
The division that operates state parks, lodges and golf courses, and manages certain leased concessions like marinas. The parks division also administers federal grants for developing outdoor recreation.

Travel and Tourism
This division helps create plans and programs to market Oklahoma’s attractions. This department works with cities, communities and private associations to help them attract and promote historic events, conferences, meetings and conventions.

The Film and Music Office
A department within the Travel and Tourism division, this office was created in 1979 to promote the state’s film, television, video and music industries. This office promotes Oklahoma as a location for feature films and works as a liaison between production companies and local businesses. The OF&MO also helps secure permits and media access.

The OF&MO also administers three incentive programs for state film and music projects.

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How Hugo Lake Lost Its State Park Status

Fishing near Hugo Lake park, which lost its state park status in June 2013.

The Oklahoma Tourism Commission on June 26 voted to strip Hugo Lake of its state park status, citing low attendance. The commission acted “quietly,” but state Sen. Jerry Ellis, D-Valliant, responded loudly, The Journal Record’s M. Scott Carter reports: On Aug. 2, Ellis sent a letter to Republican Gov. Mary Fallin asking that the Tourism [...]

Oklahoma Film Incentives: Too Small to Cut?

Jessica Alba, Casey Affleck and Kate Hudson at the after party for "The Killer Inside Me," which was filmed in Oklahoma and recieved state subsidies.

In states across the country, subsidies and tax credits for film projects are being left on the cutting room floor. Oklahoma’s $5 million incentive program — which was among those scrutinized by the tax credit task force — is at risk, and state filmmakers and supporters are fighting back, according to Oklahoma Watch, which reports [...]

The Task Force is Done, But the Tax Credit Battle Has Just Begun

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The tax credit task force on Wednesday formally approved its final report and a list of recommendations to be considered by Gov. Mary Fallin and the Legislature. Over months of meetings, the task force heard from industry insiders, small and large business leaders and state officials, who defended specific credits and incentives. The testimony was [...]

What We Learned About Film Incentives at Wednesday’s Tax Credit Task Force Meeting

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A filmmaker, screenwriter and general contractor joined tourism officials at the state Capitol on Wednesday to defend rebates created to bring movie productions to Oklahoma. The supporters spoke to the 10-member tax credit task force, which is examining the economic value of various tax credits and incentive programs. Qualifying movie projects can receive a rebate [...]

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