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Media Statement

Source: SC Chamber of Commerce

July 9, 2015

Contact: Julie Scott


For Immediate Release

The following can be attributed to Ted Pitts, president and CEO of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce.

“The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and the state’s business community applaud the South Carolina Senate and the House of Representatives for their swift action to remove the Confederate flag from State House grounds to a place of honor in the Confederate Relic Room,” said Ted Pitts, president and CEO of the South Carolina Chamber.

“Going back to 1999, the business community has been united on the need to address the Confederate flag, and we thank our elected officials for listening and leading on the issue. It truly is a great day in South Carolina as our elected officials move this state forward.”

Removing the Confederate flag from the State House grounds is good for business for several reasons:

  • It supports investment and job creation opportunities.
  • It expands market opportunities for South Carolina goods and services.
  • It helps attract a diverse and talented workforce.
  • It enhances tourism opportunities.
  • It moves all of South Carolina businesses forward.

The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, the nation’s first state chamber Accredited with Distinction by the U.S. Chamber, is the state’s largest broad-based business and industry trade association. As the unified voice for business and industry, the Chamber is a catalyst for increasing wealth and enhancing the state’s global competitiveness in order to improve the quality of life for all South Carolinians.


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