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Hollywood on the High Plains

NM Gov. Bill Richardson NM Gov. Bill Richardson

PORTALES, NEW MEXICO - A standing ovation welcomed Governor Bill Richardson to the stage Thursday afternoon at Eastern New Mexico University. It probably didn't hurt that he was bringing with him a $125 thousand grant for the school's digital arts program.

Richardson says he's using the state's remaining stimulus money to invest in three developing industries: renewable energy, hi-tech and cinema entertainment. Over the past seven years, Richardson estimates cinema has added 3.3 billion dollars and 10,000 plus jobs to the state economy - but he hopes that only a start.

Eastern already has a strong communications school - with more than half of graduates finding jobs in the industry. The new money will help them buy some cutting-edge cameras and other equipment - so they can continue to train a large scale film workforce.

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