Letter: ITVFest director backs library

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To the Editor:An important piece of my decision to move ITVFest (the Independent Television Festival) to Manchester this year was the strong support offered to us by venues such as the Manchester Community Library. Having the library operating to its fullest potential greatly increases our ability to achieve our ultimate goal of bringing new revenue and jobs to town.Based on our previous years operating in Vermont, we anticipate that ITVFest can bring over $5,000,000 of new economy activity to Manchester by 2018 if all parts of the town's infrastructure are operating at full strength, including the library. There is a direct connection between us having access to world class venues such as the library and how much economic activity we can create.At ITVFest part of our core mission is to advance the literary and visual arts. This year we will have thousands of artists, actors, writers, directors, producers and TV executives coming to Manchester from around the world, and we want to spotlight all the artistic and literary capabilities that Manchester has to offer. Our plan includes holding top-level TV industry seminars at the library so that our visitors can see Manchester's amazing infrastructure in action.Manchester's support of the arts makes our guests more likely to want to return for future festivals and to potentially shoot future film and TV projects here in town. Having the library venue is a core piece of our long-term plan to bring the attention of the multi-billion dollar Television and Film industry to Manchester.I strongly support the Manchester Community Library and hope that you will too!Philip Gilpin Jr.Executive Director, ITVFest


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