March 25th, 2009 at 3:57 pm
It’s really discouraging to read this news article in the Austin Business Journal yesterday:
The Austin City Council is set to vote this week on awarding a contract to a California company to redesign the city’s Web site.
City staff is recommending Cignex Technologies Inc. of Santa Clara, Calif. be awarded the contract valued at up to $704,088.
The city council authorized staff to begin the process of redesigning the Web site in November 2007. According to background documents from the city, 228 notices were sent out to prospective Web development companies and three proposals were received back, including the one from Cignex.
City Chief of Staff Anthony Snipes said the two other companies that submitted proposals were based in Austin. However, the proposals from those two firms were both over $1.3 million, and one of the companies was later deemed non-compliant.
That’s neither smart nor cool. In fact, it stinks. Depending on who you believe, that’s from $700K to $1.3 million NOT circulated into the local economy. Isn’t that taxpayer money? Are there really no other options represented anywhere the city or state than to outsource this task to California? We think not. Looking at the comments generated by this ABJ story, a lot of local folks who care about Austin agree this is a terrible business decision and an even worse message to send to local hardworking professionals.
You can email the mayor and city council to register your opinion here. They vote tomorrow.