PLO SIGNS BELL POTTINGER FOR PR
The Palestine Liberation Organization has hired Bell Pottinger USA for strategic communications, PR, media relations and U.S. Congressional outreach as the United Nations may vote next month to recognize Palestine as an independent state.
The United States opposes that tally and members of Congress have threatened to cut off aid in the event that statehood is granted to the Palestinian Authority.
David Sowells, who worked for Britain's Labour Party and served as PA director of Time Warner, heads the U.K.-based firm's U.S. operations.
Bell Pottinger has been active in the so-called Arab Spring, propping up governments in Bahrain and Yemen.
Parent company, Chime Communications, though blamed the uprising for a slip in PR revenues for the first-half of this year.
In announcing its financial results, Chime said the Arab Spring “created some short-term challenges, but in the medium to long-term the opportunities for us to provide communications advice to emerging governments are considerable.”
Bell Pottinger has used Qorvis Communications, which handles Saudi Arabia, as a subcontractor on some Middle East work.
EDELMAN BACKS GIRLS SCOUTS 100TH YEAR
Girls Scouts of the USA will work with Edelman on a variety of PR initiatives for the group's centennial slated for 2012.
CRT/tanaka, the organization's agency of record for a decade, continues in that capacity handling crisis comms. and PR counsel. The firm will also support 100th anniversary events.
Edelman's New York office will handle strategic counsel, media relations, consumer engagement, issues management support, and social and online media assets for the national celebration, which is expected to run into 2013.
In a statement, Girls Scouts CEO Kathy Cloninger called the centennial a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to engage the nation on issues related to girls, women and leadership. “We’re excited to partner with Edelman in convening that national discourse so that we can ensure that every girl has the opportunity to achieve her leadership potential,” she said.
The organization counts three million members and 50M alumnae. Denise Peisch is VP for communications.
RI CASTS PR, SOCIAL MEDIA SEARCH
Rhode Island's tourism promotion entity is trolling for PR and social media pitches with an RFP process open through Sept. 8.
The Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation's Tourism Division issued an RFP on Aug. 18 to provide and execute an integrated social media marketing and PR strategy.
Tourism is a key cog in the Ocean State's economy, representing $2.31B in revenue and supporting more than 66K jobs as the fourth largest industry.
Estimated budget for PR and social media is $10K/month.