Immigration legislation would hurt Nashville economy

December 13, 2010 § Leave a comment

Mayor Karl Dean asked Tennessee lawmakers Monday not to approve immigration-related legislation that could hurt the city’s economic development efforts. “I’m asking them, as the mayor of Nashville, not to do anything that will put our city and our state at a competitive disadvantage,” Dean said in a speech to the Rotary Club of Nashville. “Being a diverse city, a city that is perceived as a friendly, welcoming place, is key to business recruitment. Our hospitality industry and the success of our colleges and universities depend upon it. “We need to be serious right now about jobs and prosperity and education, and we can’t do that if we tie our hands by creating a global reputation as an unwelcoming, unfriendly state. … It’s about doing what’s right and what’s in the best interest of our city’s economy.” Arizona lost $141 million in convention and tourism business as a result of its new law. (tennessean.com)

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