Bidding opens for MN airport PR job

MINNEAPOLIS: A government agency that oversees airports in the Twin

Cities area is searching for a new PR agency.

The Metropolitan Airports Commission, which runs the cities'

International Airport, along with six smaller fields in the Twin Cities

area, is considering pitches from B2 Communications, Carmichael Lynch

Spong, GCI Tunheim, and Padilla Speer Beardsley. Padilla is the

incumbent agency, but the commission is required by state law to open

the work to rebidding every six years, said Patrick Hogan, commission

public affairs officer.

The commission has spent $200,000 a year on PR, but that budget

is likely to drop significantly next year due to the decline in airport

traffic since the September 11 terrorist attacks. Sources think the

budget for the first year could fall to as low as $50,000.

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