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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Lt. Gov. Gary Herbert will address Utah's film industry for the first time.
Herbert is scheduled to attend the industry's annual luncheon on Thursday, where the state film commission's director will also give his State of Film address.
Herbert will succeed Gov. Jon Huntsman when he is confirmed by the U.S. Senate as ambassador to China later this summer.
Huntsman has made boosting spending in the state by the film industry an economic priority and Herbert is expected to continue that focus.
In 2007, Utah's film industry had a $138 million economic impact, created 1,100 new jobs more than $25 million in personal income and nearly $3 million in new tax revenues.
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