Because Indiana continues to make headlines setting records attracting and adding private sector jobs, its contract with PR firm Porter Novelli, has been concluded, that according to the executive vice president of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.
The company was hired to repair the state’s image following the national uproar created after Governor Mike Pence signed Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, construed by many as being discriminatory against gays.
According to a previously reported story in the Indy Star, CEO’s the law drew “intense criticism” from Wal-Mart, Apple and Eli Lilly and Company, with other businesses threatening boycotts, despite Pence’s assuring everyone that the General Assembly will work to clarify the law that it does not discriminate.
Pointing out that Indiana is being recognized by national publications for its business-friendly climate and the state’s strong economic news and ongoing focus on cost management, IEDC announced it has concluded it’s agreement with Porter Novelli and will pay the company $365,000 of the original $750,000 contracted for work already completed, according to the Indy Star article. The money will come from the IEDC’s existing marketing budget.
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) leads the state of Indiana’s economic development efforts, focusing on helping companies grow in and locate to the state. Governed by a 12-member board chaired by Governor Mike Pence, the IEDC manages many initiatives, including performance-based tax credits, workforce training grants, public infrastructure assistance and talent attraction and retention efforts. For more information about the IEDC, visit www.iedc.in.gov.