New York PR firm signed up by coun­cil to pro­mote Ash­ford

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

ASH­FORD will soon be mar­keted with the likes of Alaska, Beth­le­hem and Spring­field as the coun­cil signs up with a New York pub­lic re­la­tions com­pany to pro­mote the town and its busi­nesses. Coun­cil leader Paul Clokie said the coun­cil was ex­cited to be launch­ing the new on­line ser­vice that he said will have “a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on the pro­mo­tion of the bor­ough”. ABC has en­tered into a three­year agree­ment with CGI Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, a com­pany based in Rochester, New York, that pro­vides pro­mo­tions across the globe. The com­pany will pro­duce a se­ries of on­line videos high­light­ing what Ash­ford has to of­fer its res­i­dents, vis­i­tors and busi­nesses. A coun­cil spokesman said the videos would not cost the coun­cil any money, adding: “CGI is work­ing with a num­ber of other coun­cils in the UK to help de­velop com­mu­nity films, and we hope to see our video com­pleted in the spring of 2010. We are in the process of de­vel­op­ing it.” Cllr Clokie added: “Their video show­case will en­gage view­ers in learn­ing more about area at­trac­tions, eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties, qual­ity of life and so much more. “As a coun­cil we are com­mit­ted to high­light­ing the ad­van­tages of liv­ing and work­ing in Ash­ford and we feel that this pro­gramme can do just that.”

Cllr Paul Clokie, who fears Ash­ford could be left be­hind

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