albany.jpg ALBANY, N.Y. -- Not only will the local filming of Columbia Picture's new motion picture Salt bring recognition to the area, but the two-week movie shoot will pump well over a million dollars into the Capital Region's local economy.  The production of the film, which tentatively takes place Thursday, April 23rd to Monday, May 4th, brings 150 crew members to the area.  Hundreds of local residents and businesses are working with Columbia pictures to help make the Salt vision a reality. Columbia Pictures, which has been working in the area several months has reached out to local businesses with money in hand, for food services, vehicles to be used in the picture, accommodations, construction cranes, tent/chair rentals, parking lot rentals, and the rental of a local speedway for rehearsal... just to name a few. Expenses for the production crew members alone have brought in $200,000 to hotels in the area for accommodations and will bring in a substantial amount of dollars in dining, amenities, shopping, and entertainment for the two weeks while Columbia is in town.  Approximately 200 extras, hired locally at casting calls held at the Crowne Plaza, will collectively receive over $150,000.  Security and safety personnel hired locally for the two week filming will bring respective organizations of the City of Albany approximately $300,000. In difficult economic times, the filming is a blessing in disguise.  Todd Reichelt, General Manager at Crowne Plaza states, "Salt assured that April hotel revenue was positive, without the Salt overnight sleeping rooms or Salt business,  that would have been difficult to achieve."  Michele Vennard, president and CEO of the Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau, estimates the local economic impact from the Salt filming in Albany to conservatively be over $3.5 million - a reflection of direct spending in Albany County for the business generated by Columbia Pictures through hotel stays, food, travel, entertainment, production costs, and other expenditures.  Salt, starring Hollywood giant Angelina Jolie, will use the Empire State Plaza's three level configuration of road ways and ramps to film an invigorating chase scene. Jolie plays a CIA agent under suspicion of being a Russian spy.  Creighton Manning Engineering and Donnelly Construction were hired by Columbia Pictures to perform a traffic study and alleviate local traffic concerns.  As a result, a significant amount of work has been scheduled on weekends to minimize the impact on weekday traffic. Also, when working on weekdays, the main arteries from the Empire State Plaza will be open during the peak morning and evening commuting hours. One thing is for sure.....Hollywood has arrived in Albany.                                                                             #  #  # The Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc. was established in 1976 to promote the civic and commercial progress of the community through increased development of conventions and tourism. ACCVB currently represents more than 300 member businesses and assists each year in hundreds of regional meetings. ACCVB also operates the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center, Henry Hudson Planetarium and the Albany International Airport Information Center. For more information, call 518-434-1217 or 800-258-3582 and/or visit http://www.albany.org/ Contact: Michele Vennard, President/CEO Albany County Convention and Visitors Bureau mvennard@albany.org, (518) 434-1217 x300