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Serving as the Sane Middle

The Business View – July 2017 / From the Publisher – Bill Sisson

 

If the roller coaster of the 2016 presidential election taught us nothing else, it revealed the two-party political system that exists today in the United States is fractured, even within its own parties.

 

The potential exists for every conversation about every issue to default back to entrenched positions, partisan accusation and separation.

 

Sadly, researchers forecast even more radicalization of politics and segmentation of society, making consensus more and more difficult to achieve.

 

But this splintering of our national-level politics and preferences couldn’t matter less at the regional level. Here in Mobile, our Chamber has the opportunity to be the “sane middle,” providing a pragmatic approach to collectively working together in our community to find solutions to problems and take advantage of opportunities.

 

Chambers of commerce by design are excellent conveners, and our Chamber stands ready to pull together resources and political will to focus on problem solving, crisis resolution and celebration of success.

 

Why us? There are several reasons. First, the diverse composition of our Chamber membership and our extensive partner relationships make the convener role inevitable. Secondly, our pillar goals of jobs, advocacy, value and excellence by their very nature make our organization less self-serving than some special interests. And thirdly, our diverse membership base creates a microcosm of the larger community’s debate.

 

Click here to read The Business View – July 2017