The Indianapolis Business Journal reports that McFeely's reward for his Carmel puff pieces is a $90,000 consulting gig with Carmel's Department of Economic Development, a no bid contract awarded to McFeely's consulting firm which just opened in November. Okay, it's me who says that's McFeely's reward, not the IBJ. I just connected two very large dots.
The IBJ details McFeely's work:
In his first month working for Carmel, McFeely Communications submitted an invoice for $2,750, for a nine-day period in November. Services included using Twitter and Facebook "to spread the message of economic development opportuities in Carmel to a world-wide Web audience."Wow, that's really tough work. (Sarcasm.) By the way, press releases take about 10 minutes to write, often less.
Other professional services included writing press releases about the sale of bonds and about road projects. McFeely...met with city officials to strategize "on ways to use various local events and activities as tools for bringing more economic development to the city," among several other activities listed.
According to IBJ:
City Councilor Luci Snyder wondered aloud at a recent council meeting what qualified McFeely to be an economic development consultant...McFeely is the third highest paid consultant for Carmel. I guess not doing your job as a journalist by reporting critically on public officials has its rewards.
Snyder told IBJ McFeely's hiring is part of a broader concern she has about Carmel's economic development department tapping numerous consultants. Records show the department has 17 economic development consultants who could earn a total of $806,670 annually.
The link to the IBJ story is here. It is unfortunately behind a pay wall.
UPDATE: Reader Rick Smith sent me the following YouTube link. Assuming he's talking about a PR person, apparently Mayor Brainard changed his mind.