There's been speculation in recent days that the ABC show "Nashville" might go elsewhere if its production company does not get new incentives to stay, but Mayor Karl Dean stopped short Thursday in saying the city might step in to help.
"There's no announcement, nothing to say, but I think the show needs to be here in Nashville. It's a significant economic engine for the film industry and music industry," the Mayor said.
"Last year during the first season of the show, the State provided some significant support for the show and I do not know if the State is going to be in a position to do it at that level again," he continued.
The State of Tennessee incentive package amounted to 32% of the "Nashville" production costs last year.
This year, because of a change in law, that incentive amount is capped at 25%, which reportedly would be several million dollars less for the "Nashville" production company in the second season compared to the first.
The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD) says it has budgeted $11.25 million for the second season incentive package of "Nashville."
The Mayor has often said the show provides a free advertisement of Nashville to the world.
"Our city looks great on the show and it really focuses on the creative energy of our city," added Dean.
A production company executive told The Tennessean "all things are equal we hope to continue producing the show in Nashville for several years to come," but an ABC network source says "it could move."