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Baltimore officials welcome conventions looking to leave North Carolina

Baltimore officials welcome conventions looking to leave North Carolina

City Council members want Baltimore to invite groups looking to move their conferences out of North Carolina over that state's controversial "bathroom bill."

While recruiting convention business seeking an alternative to the Southern state offers an opportunity to boost tourism, officials say doing so requires a delicate approach. The discussion comes after a group of business historians announced they would move their 2018 gathering to Baltimore from Charlotte, N.C.

Councilwoman Sharon Green Middleton said the circumstances provide an opportunity.

"It's a chance for Baltimore to prove how progressive and welcoming we are," said Middleton, who leads...

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