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The Makeover ripple effect

   The Extreme Makeover team's recent visit to Buffalo seems to be a gift that keeps on giving.

- 'Extreme Makeover' leaves big imprint on area economy - George Pyle/The Buffalo NewsExtreme-makeover-home-addition3
   The crew of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" packed up and left Buffalo weeks ago. In its wake, it left one rebuilt-from-the-ground-up home for a hard-pressed family, home and landscaping improvements for a disadvantaged neighborhood, a publicity boost to the community and, according to the person whose job it is to calculate such things, upwards of $1.5 million in economic impact to the community.
   "Actually it was probably something well north of that," said Tim Clark, head of the Buffalo Niagara Film Commission. "These guys tend to spend a ton of money in a short amount of time."
   And, because "reality shows" don't qualify for state incentives for filmmakers, which can include sales tax exemptions, the economic benefits came with little public outlay beyond traffic control.

   That last paragraph sounds good, especially if you've read anything about this:
-  Filmmakers charged in tax scandal - Lee Rood/The Des Moines Register
   The Iowa attorney general's office on Monday charged the former manager of the Iowa Film Office with misconduct in office and filed first-degree theft charges against principals in the making of a 2008 film in Council Bluffs.

   Meanwhile, back at the Statler:
- Nonprofit agency wants to buy mothballed Statler - Tom Buckham/The Buffalo News
   Three months ago, Western New York AmeriCorps workers pitched in to help finish the reconstruction of Delores Powell's dilapidated Massachusetts Avenue home for "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition." [The organization created its own impact report.]
   Now the volunteer service organization wants to put some financial muscle behind another Buffalo structure in dire need: Statler Towers.

   And the local ABC station reports that Makeover producers liked Buffalo so much they're looking to come back.

-- George Pyle/The Buffalo News 


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