"According to the audit, which was presented to the City Council’s Finance and Governance Committee on Wednesday, Visit KC issued a request for proposals for a six-month, $160,000 contract, only to expand the scope of that contract to a years-long multimillion deal that made MMGY the organization’s advertising agency of record. MMGY’s CEO was sitting on the Visit KC board when the firm won that contract."
The rest is mostly pointless and behind the paywall . . .
Visit KC, the former Kansas City Convention & Visitors Association, is a nonprofit economic development organization that promotes the area's tourism and convention business. Visit KC, a nonprofit that attracts conventions and tourism to Kansas City, awarded millions of dollars in contracts to a local advertising firm whose president was sitting on Visit KC's board, according to an audit of the organization released Wednesday.