Why pay NYC firm for Baltimore website? [Letter]

January 16, 2014

As the former president of the Baltimore chapter of the American Advertising Federation, I was disturbed to read that the city has elected to hire and pay a New York firm nearly $300,000 to revamp its website ("City to pay $286K for website overhaul," Jan. 15).

Surely if the city had looked, it could have found more than a sufficient number of candidates in the city. Firms whose employees live in the city, pay city income and residential real estate taxes. Firms whose landlords pay real estate taxes that benefit the city.

Buying elsewhere is a slap at those firms; buying locally is a sign of support. The City Council should encourage the city to buy locally.

James B. Astrachan, Baltimore

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