Founded in 1985 by joint City/County resolution, The Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission is the official City/County economic development agency for film and television. The Commission is not an arts agency --nor is it a trade association. Rather, the Commission Office works primarily to assist and/or recruit funded projects which will economically impact multiple sectors of the local community—local hires, local vendors, etc.  Although some client projects have minimal economic impact, they are valued nonetheless for their tourism and/or artistic value. Or, a project may be valued simply for the training opportunities it provides to emerging filmmakers. Funding requirements dictate, however, that the work of The Commission Office results in substantial, documented economic impact to the City and County. An annual report listing Commission clients and each’s direct spend and number of local hires is presented to City and County funders each fiscal year.