When we see sponsor names at cultural events, concerts, stadiums and theaters we can sometimes take those names for granted. The reality is that it is important to have good corporate citizens in your city so that the arts, culture, entertainment and education remain a high priority.
When Richmond is listed as one of the best places to live in America, it is because of the diverse lifestyle that we enjoy in Richmond. Some whom have moved here from other big cities may questions this, but you really have to compare Richmond to the Richmond of 25 years ago. We have come a long way.
So why do companies like Dominion, Altria and Mead Westvaco, just to name a few, invest in Richmond? I believe that it is in their best interest to help create and sustain an environment that is good for their employees, the citizens of greater Richmond and also for future employees who they want to recruit.
So the next time someone says, let's give our sponsors a round of applause, don't sit on your hands. It's OK to say, thank you.