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Repairing Charlotte's Damaged Reputation

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It’s been a tough year for Charlotte. First, HB2 put us in an unwelcomed spotlight and resulted in millions of dollars of losses. Then, protests and riots following a police shooting ripped at the heart of this new South city, tarnishing our sparkling reputation. What kind of damage has this done to our image and more importantly, how do we repair the internal damage to this city for those who live, work and do business here?

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: In Charlotte, the Queen City’s crown shows some tarnish

CBJ: Recent protests, HB2 dominate discussion at Charlotte Chamber retreat

Charlotte Observer: McColl on Charlotte protests: ‘If we just mouth platitudes and think everything’s going to be fine, it’s not’

WCNC: Charlotte unrest had huge financial impact on local businesses

New York Times: Fatal Shooting by Police Shakes Charlotte’s Self-Image

Ely Portillo– business reporter, The Charlotte Observer

Michael Smith– president and CEO of Charlotte Center City Partners

Bob Morgan– president and CEO of the Charlotte Chamber