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The Brand Atlanta Campaign Selects Public Relations Firm Ogilvy Public Relations to Lead the Charge

Atlanta, GA — June 9, 2005 — The Brand Atlanta Campaign today announced the selection of Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide as its public relations agency of record. Ogilvy PR’s Atlanta office will collaborate with the Campaign’s advertising agency partners, Grey Worldwide Atlanta and Lattimer Moffitt Communications, and the Campaign’s volunteer committees to launch and promote a brand identity campaign. This new campaign will position Atlanta as a business, tourism, and lifestyle destination and will support objectives outlined in the city’s New Century Economic Development Plan.

Ogilvy PR/Atlanta will execute the public relations and communications components of the overall integrated marketing plan developed by the Campaign’s Marketing Strategy and Communications Committees. The selection of Ogilvy PR follows an extensive search that included many of Atlanta’s leading agencies.

“We are so proud to be chosen for the Brand Atlanta Campaign effort,” said Bari Love, managing director, Ogilvy PR/Atlanta. “This campaign is a critical effort by Atlanta’s public and private leaders to define our city’s future and we look forward to being part of it. Atlanta has all the components necessary for an outstanding economic development and tourism campaign: great leadership, outstanding volunteers, strategic vision, many new attractions and an energized populace. Ogilvy PR’s team is well positioned to be a partner in the process.” The Ogilvy PR team included partners Multicast Media Networks, The Echols Group, EOB Partners and Tarver Communications.

About the Agency Selection Process

In addition to its responsibilities in developing the integrated marketing plan, the Campaign’s Communications Committee oversaw the agency selection process. Agencies were screened and selected based on a variety of criteria, including experience in grass roots and brand building activities, media relations capabilities, strategic thinking and evaluation skills, and previous case studies.

“The agency search process was exhaustive and covered many of the metro Atlanta-based agencies,” said Jackson Kelly, executive director, the Brand Atlanta Campaign. “We employed rigorous screening criteria which included written and oral presentations and site visits to ensure the agency selection process was objective, transparent, and well-managed.”

About the Brand Atlanta Campaign

Launched in February 2005, the Brand Atlanta Campaign is a public/private initiative charged with creating a new, compelling brand identity and integrated marketing plan for Atlanta. Mayor Shirley Franklin created the Campaign in partnership with the Atlanta Committee for Progress (ACP), an organization of business and academic leaders, chaired by A.D. “Pete” Correll, chief executive officer and chairman of Georgia-Pacific Corp. The ACP collaborates with the city of Atlanta on economic development initiatives, and advises and guides the city’s business recruitment efforts. The Brand Atlanta Campaign committee includes representatives from city government, civic organizations, and local businesses.

For more information, please visit the Brand Atlanta Campaign online at www.brandatlanta.com.

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About Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide
Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide is a global marketing communications firm, with offices in more than 60 cities around the world. Entering its 25th year providing public relations solutions, Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide has specialties in consumer marketing, corporate (B2B), healthcare, social marketing, technology, public affairs and entertainment. Through its subsidiary Feinstein Kean Healthcare, Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide provides communication consulting to biotechnology companies. The Holmes Report has named Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide “2003 International Agency of the Year”; marking the fourth consecutive year the firm has been awarded “Agency of the Year.” Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide is part of the WPP Group, one of the world’s leading communications services groups (NASDAQ: WPPGY, www.wpp.com). For more information, visit our Web site at www.ogilvypr.com.