As I have had the opportunity to meet and talk with a variety of community leaders throughout the region during the past few years, all have expressed an interest in exploring new ways to achieve and promote greater diversity in their cities and towns as a means of economic development and maintaining competitiveness.
Sustaining local, state and national prosperity into the 21st century requires that we more effectively utilize the talents and abilities of our citizens. Large and small businesses of all types will increasingly find themselves in a position that requires they be inclusive of individuals from diverse cultures and backgrounds. In order to be successful, they must also be mindful of the cultural differences that make our friends and neighbors unique.
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