Volume 3 Number 23
June 5, 2006

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EN ESPAÑOL

 

GALLAGHER LAUNCHES SPANISH-LANGUAGE WEBSITE

Goal is to Help Hispanic Residents Prepare for Hurricane Season and More

TALLAHASSEE – Tom Gallagher, Florida’s chief financial officer, today announced the launch of a Spanish-language version of the Department of Financial Services’ (DFS) consumer website to better serve Florida’s growing Hispanic population.

“Nearly three million Hispanics call Florida home and need access to information that impacts their financial well-being and future,” Gallagher said. “Following the 2004 and 2005 hurricanes, we had the opportunity to help thousands of Spanish-speaking residents, and many asked to get more information on insurance and financial issues in Spanish. My hope is that launching this new technology before the start of the hurricane season will ensure a greater number of Floridians are better protected and prepared if a disaster strikes.”

Gallagher said that his department is among the first statewide government agencies in Florida to dynamically and comprehensively launch its site in Spanish. The Spanish site can be accessed by clicking on the “En Español” tab on the DFS homepage at www.MyFloridaCFO.com.



More than 5,000 pages were translated on the department’s website, including consumer-focused areas that offer information about disaster assistance, homeowners’ insurance, financial matters such as mortgages and investments, unclaimed property; victim rights and more.

The department used MotionPoint Corporation’s proprietary TransMotion® technology and service to deploy its Spanish website. MotionPoint’s approach is fundamentally different from the traditional approach to website translation, because MotionPoint combines best-of-class professional human translations with proprietary software tools eliminate the need for any upfront IT development and technical integration.

“The Department of Financial Services is leading the way among government agencies that need to serve citizens with information in Spanish,” said Will Fleming, CEO of MotionPoint. “Florida has one of the largest Spanish-speaking populations in the country, and CFO Gallagher understands these residents want access to critical information in the language of their choice.”