From time to time, we are asked to offer our opinion regarding the efficacy of government run Destination Marketing Organizations versus those that are managed as private, non-profit agencies. When we do, government officials often become miffed and attempt to prove to us that they are different when we say that governmental policies, restrictions and norms often (but not always) stand in the way of streamlined and cost-effective marketing.
Great case in point is this story from Southern Illinois that reports that a State Historical Marker costs $2,250 to install.
That sound you hear? It's the private sector laughing its collective ass off.