Canadian firm gets Tacoma website contract

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TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- Some companies in Tacoma are baffled that the city chose a Canadian firm to redesign its website.

The News Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/qPs6ni ) that Toronto-based Intrafinity was awarded the contract with a bid of $63,200, but Intrafinity wasn't the lowest bidder. A collaboration of two Tacoma companies, Business Internet Services/Rusty George, offered to do the work for just under $50,000.

Business Internet Services is a subsidiary of Tacoma-based Topia Technologies. Topia Chief Executive Janine Terrano says it makes no sense to give work to a Canadian company when locals can do the job. Of the 13 companies that bid, eight were in the Puget Sound region.

City spokeswoman Karrie Spitzer says Intrafinity's bid offered the best tools for the best price, including website security and tools for archiving documents.

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Information from: The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com