Progressive Values = Pro-Business
Anita Sharpe on Business
'Pro business' and 'traditional/conservative values' have been psychologically linked about as long as peanut butter has been paired with jelly.
But what really fosters business growth? Embracing tradition or encouraging progress and change? Consider Atlanta, which became the business capitol of the South largely because of three things: while other Southern cities circled their wagons, Atlanta built a huge international airport and invited the world to come; while other Southern cities clung to segregation, Atlanta became 'the city too busy to hate' and pioneered racial harmony; and while other Bible Belt cities labeled us 'sin city,' Atlanta leaders long ago knew that the world would not beat a path to our door without liquor by the drink.
Believe me, the latter was a BIG deal a half century ago, when, in many minds, the road to hell was paved with shot glasses.
Atlanta was built on bucking traditions. Because of its historical acceptance of differences and diversity, the city today boasts among the largest African American, Jewish and gay populations of any city in the U.S. And it's no longer just the business capital of the South; Atlanta claims more Fortune 500 headquarters than any U.S. city other than New York and Houston.
That may or may not be something to brag about, but it suggests that 'pro business' and 'traditional values' may not be such a happy couple after all.