Monday, August 10, 2009

Mayor Makes Another Move to Calm Furor Over MP&F

Posted By on Mon, Aug 10, 2009 at 5:15 PM

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In another attempt to calm the PR storm created by the PR masterminds at McNeely, Pigott & Fox, the mayor is calling for the creation of a new entity within Metro government to oversee the development of Nashville's new downtown convention center. MDHA shamed itself by letting MP&F rip off the city for a half-million dollars, so what we need is another government entity under the thumb of Karl Dean to handle this situation, right?
"While the process of forming the Convention Center Authority has been in place since state legislation was filed in February, recent concerns about the communications contract for the project underscore the value a nine-member board will bring to managing a development of this size," Finance Director Rich Riebeling says.
Meanwhile, Channel 4's crack I-Team discovered this story tonight. Nancy Amons informs us that "many people are upset about the huge cost of the public relations campaign for the Music City Convention Center, which has not even broke ground." The only interesting aspect of Amons' report was the spectacle of Mike Pigott, against all logic, again defending his greedy firm. It's like watching a NASCAR wreck. I can't get enough of it.
"The activities we've been carrying out have been totally appropriate. If the question is, 'Are we advocates for this project?' The answer is yes."
MP&F snuggled up to Karl Dean during his election campaign. When it became apparent he would win, their flacks suddenly started appearing around the candidate, ingratiating themselves and offering unneeded advice. This MDHA contract was one of the firm's rewards. Dean should have told MP&F to take a hike when he had the chance. Update: Michael Cass reports MP&F billed Metro for more than twice as much money as its contract allowed before the city changed the deal. Council member Emily Evans: "It really makes it hard for people to trust the government and elected officials when they see stuff like that." Rich Riebeling: "The way the contract was set up was maybe not the best."

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