by Travis Mateer
This post will be a quickie. I wanted to highlight something Engen reportedly said about our local media landscape and the city budget that raised a BIG red flag for me. Here is our Mayor (and former Missoulian reporter) explaining why “communications” will be a budget priority for his regime:
Investing in the city itself is also a budget priority, Engen said, naming communication as an area needing improvement.
“Mainstream media has declined or eroded and isn’t a source of information for many of the folks we serve anymore,” Engen said. “There are a number of solutions out there. What we’re doing today is outmoded and doesn’t contemplate the media environment we’re in now. We need to modernize our approach to all of this.”
I’m VERY curious about the “number of solutions out there” our Mayor is contemplating. We already know that he thinks using $46,000 for a New Yorker named Spider to develop a communication plan is a good idea. What other good ideas will our Mayor direct taxpayer money to develop?
I don’t know about you, but I’m eager to find out.