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CFO Sink Commends Leaders Headed to Copenhagen, Calls for Bringing Green Jobs Back to Florida

12/2/2009

CONTACT: Kyra Jennings or Kevin Cate, 850-413-2842

TALLAHASSEE – Florida CFO Alex Sink today commended the 25-person strong delegation from Florida attending the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen this month.  CFO Sink also called on the diverse delegation of leaders from the private and public sectors to seek out opportunities to grow Florida’s new energy economy during their trip.

“I’m hopeful that this strong delegation will help bring new, green jobs back to Florida, as we work to harness our state’s resources and make Florida an international leader in the green energy economy,” said CFO Sink. “I commend the delegation’s efforts to ensure that our state is well represented during these negotiations, and thank Enterprise Florida for their work to connect the delegation with important new energy businesses.”

CFO Sink has focused on new and renewable energy as an important part of growing Florida’s economy.  During her tenure, she sponsored the CEO Roundtable for Florida Business on Renewable Energy; participated in an effort to mitigate the state's vulnerability to climate change through hurricanes; launched the "Conversations on Climate Change" series for the Florida Cabinet; and worked to help the insurance and investor community better understand climate change-related financial risk.

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As a statewide elected officer of the Florida Cabinet, CFO Alex Sink oversees the Department of Financial Services.  A successful businesswoman with nearly three decades of experience in the private sector, Sink is serving her first term as Florida's CFO.  As CFO, Sink's priorities include using her business experience to cut wasteful government spending, cracking down on financial and insurance fraud and reforming the state government's contracting practices.