Saturday, July 4, 2015

Indiana govenor cancels PR contract to improve state's reputation after religious freedom debacle

By Tony Cook

INDIANA---Indiana's economic development agency has unexpectedly canceled a $750,000 public relations contract with a global PR firm that was supposed to enhance the state's reputation after a national firestorm over the state's new religious freedom law. In an abrupt announcement Thursday afternoon, Chris Cotterill, executive vice president of the Indiana Economic Development Corp., cited strong employment numbers, national recognition for the state's business-friendly climate and cost management efforts in the decision to cancel the contract with Porter Novelli. Gov. Mike Pence said through a spokeswoman he supports the decision. [link]