Thursday, September 30, 2004

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Toll road panel hires PR firm

September 30, 2004

Compiled from staff and wire reports
Austin American-Statesman
Copyright 2006

The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority board voted unanimously Wednesday to hire a team led by the Austin public relations firm TateAustin to market its toll road operations for the next two years. The award of what is expected to be a $750,000 contract is subject to final negotiations and another vote by the board.

TateAustin's team, which beat out four other competitors, includes McLean, Va.-based Wilson Research Strategies; Katie Nees, a toll road expert with the Carter Burgess engineering firm; Austin transportation consultant John Langmore; Briley & Stables Creative, a Richardson-based graphic design company; and Stacy Rhone, an Austin public outreach specialist whose employment with the authority sparked conflict-of-interest accusations against her sister, state Rep. Dawnna Dukes, D-Austin, who voted for the toll plan in July.

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