Georgia Prospers to promote state’s inclusion, tolerance

More than 100 businesses throughout the state today united to announce the formation of Georgia Prospers, a coalition dedicated to the principle of nondiscrimination as a key to building and maintaining an economically competitive state.

“Georgia’s economy is expanding, and with our commitment to an excellent business climate, we are poised for tremendous growth,” said Ronnie Chance, a former state Senate majority leader who is heading this effort. “When Georgia businesses prosper, Georgia families prosper, so we all have a stake in bolstering the image of our state and existing businesses to attract the diverse, skilled workforce that is crucial to future success.”

Dave Stockert, CEO of Post Properties, said Georgia Prospers simply builds on the qualities for which Georgians are already known.

“Part of what makes our business climate so appealing is Southern hospitality,” Stockert said. “Georgia Prospers wants the world to know this is a welcoming state. When people feel welcome, they feel at home and more likely to want to live here, more likely to invest here, more likely to open a business here. Georgia’s hospitality is genuine and isn’t just market-driven, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be a market driver.”

“First Data prides itself on being a workplace free from discrimination whether it is based on race, ethnicity, religion, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation or gender identity. We know that it’s the right thing to do and it’s good for business,” said Cindy Armine-Klein, Executive Vice President and leader of UNITY, First Data’s LGBT Employee Resource Group. “As a leading Atlanta-based company, First Data is proud to stand with Georgia Prospers.”