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January 25, 2012

PRSA Raises Concern over Disclosure Issues in RFP Process in Schenectady (NY) Daily Gazette

Arthur Yann, APR, vice president of public relations for the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), is quoted in a Jan. 21, 2012, article in the Daily Gazette (Schenectady, N.Y.) about disclosure issues within a New York Racing Association (NYRA) request for proposal (RFP) for public relations and marketing services.
According to the Daily Gazette, the search for a public relations and marketing firm for the Saratoga Race Course has “raised questions about whether [the NYRA is] interested in an open competition for the contract.”
Speaking to that open selection process, Yann told the Daily Gazette, “That so many of the companies cited as examples are clients of the incumbent agency would lead me to question who the other Saratoga race meet promotional partners and sponsors are, and why they were not likewise given as examples. While it's impossible to say whether the examples listed were specifically intended to give the incumbent agency an advantage, it would seem a bit strange if a large number of non-agency clients were ignored as potential examples."

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