The Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, saying that House Bill 2 is “bad for business and bad for North Carolina,” is calling for its immediate repeal.
“HB2 has already harmed business growth in Wake County and the state of North Carolina’s reputation,” the organization said in a statement released Tuesday. “This legislation is a threat to our mission as an organization devoted to growing our region’s economy. Our state has been represented negatively in more than 5,300 media outlets across the United States with nearly 8 billion impressions.”
The statement notes that Wake County has already lost 250 jobs that Deutsche Bank planned to add in Cary as a result of HB2. A technology company that was considering creating up to 1,000 jobs in the region is also no longer considering the Triangle, according to the chamber.
“Several other companies have eliminated us from consideration, explicitly citing this bill,” the chamber said. “Our Convention and Visitors Bureau is reporting over $3.2 million in lost revenues, and much more is at risk.”