Georgia seeks PR for growth project

ATLANTA: The Georgia Department of Industry, Trade and Tourism

(GDITT) has issued a dollars 5 million PR RFP to aid the state's

economic development.



GDITT had retained H&K for the past 18 months, and before that ad agency

J. Walter Thompson for more than five years. But the state decided to

expand its PR needs and is required to seek bids on the larger

contract.



The news coincides with a complaint filed by Publication Concepts with

the state attorney general. The company, which is the incumbent printer

of a state travel guide, alleges that there were irregularities in a bid

for printing the next edition. The bid was handled by GDITT's PR agency,

Hill & Knowlton.



Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes has made technology a major focus of his

administration under a dollars 50 million program called Yamacraw, which

was developed with the Georgia Research Alliance.



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