HB2 could cost Durham $1 million convention

House Bill 2, which has already cost this summer’s Festival for the Eno its Grammy-winning headliner, could now cost the Bull City a $1 million convention.

In October, leaders from companies that include Patagonia, Ben & Jerry’s and Etsy planned to visit Durham for the annual gathering of B Corporation CEOs and executives, a series of related talks and a street festival.

But last week officials from B Lab, the nonprofit that certifies and supports B Corps,announced that it would relocate the events out of the state unless HB2 is repealed by June 30.

“That is huge,” said Shelly Green, Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau CEO and president. The B Corp programs were expected to generate $1 million for local hotels, restaurants and other businesses.


Shawn Long