Early voting is under way for May 9 municipal elections. For a list of locations, go here. Also, here’s a press release I just received from the North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce:


DALLAS – The Board of Directors of the North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce, a business organization that promotes North Texas’ GLBT business community, today announced its opposition to the two Dallas Charter Amendment propositions that are on the May 9 ballot. Proposition 1 would keep the City from financing and owning a convention center hotel, Proposition 2 would restrict the City Council’s ability to provide tax incentives and other development funding in excess of $1M.

Although many chambers of commerce have very little interest in travel and tourism, the North Texas GLBT Chamber along with the Dallas Black Chamber, Greater Dallas Asian-American Chamber and Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber has long been a partner with the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau. Each organization works to highlight Dallas as a diverse and welcoming place for conventioneers and tourists. “In 2008 the Chamber’s Board unanimously endorsed the Council’s plan to fund and construct a convention center hotel,” said Derrick Brown, executive director of the Kraddick Foundation and the Chamber’s Board Chairman. “Our opposition to Prop 1 is a re-statement of our previous endorsement.”

“The convention center hotel will bring jobs to the area; approximately 3,000 jobs will be created during constructions as well as 800 permanent jobs,” Brown added. “In addition our discussions with Omni Hotels on supplier diversity, including GLBT certified businesses, have been encouraging.”

Earlier this year the North Texas GLBT Chamber and its marketing partners the Dallas Tavern Guild and Dallas CVB announced that two national GLBT organizations had chosen Dallas for their 2010 conferences. These two conferences should create about a $5M economic impact for the City.

The Chamber’s Board also expressed its opposition to Prop 2. “Prop 2 is simply bad for the citizens of Dallas. It restricts the Council from doing the business that we elect them to do and places an unnecessary burden on the voters,” said Brown. “We believe that the adequate checks and balances are currently in place as well as sufficient notice for public input.”

About the North Texas GLBT Chamber
Founded in 1993 as the Stonewall Business & Professional Association, in 2005 the association organized as the North Texas Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Chamber to address the expanding needs of the GLBT community.  The Chamber represents, promotes, and advocates for GLBT and allied businesses throughout North Texas. The mission of the Chamber is to achieve equality through business development and advocacy.

For additional information visit the North Texas GLBT Chamber website at www.GLBTChamber.org.
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