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.
About the Mobile Chamber
The Mobile Chamber is a private business organization with more than 1,700 members and the economic developer for the City of Mobile and Mobile County. The Mobile Chamber’s focus is to provide members with networking, marketing and professional development opportunities, expand jobs in the area, develop the local workforce, advocate legislative priorities and offer resources to help small businesses grow. Additional information is on the Chamber’s website, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.