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CFO Alex Sink Discusses FL Economy with European Union Consuls General in Miami

9/10/2010

CONTACT: Jerri Franz or Jayme O’Rourke, 850-413-2842
 
MIAMI – Florida CFO Alex Sink today met with consuls general of the European Union to discuss the important economic impact of these foreign trade relationships and investments to diversifying the state’s economy, creating jobs and bolstering Florida’s foreign exports. In attendance were consuls general from France, Spain, Germany, the UK, Netherlands, Italy and Greece.
 
“The EU consuls general encourage foreign trade and business opportunities in our state, and I appreciate their partnership,” said CFO Alex Sink.  “With one in four real estate purchases going to international buyers in Florida, I look forward to working with the consuls general to ensure that Florida’s real estate opportunities are highlighted as a means of driving business here as well.”
 
According to Enterprise Florida’s most recent numbers, Florida ranks 5th among US states in total exports, and 13 percent, or $7.5 billion dollars worth, are exported to European countries. Europe also accounts for 49 percent of foreign direct investment in Florida’s economy, an investment of $16.5 billion which creates 162,000 jobs in Florida. Each of the European countries represented at today’s meeting is home to major companies which buy Florida’s exports, invest in Florida’s economy, and provide jobs to Florida’s citizens. 
 
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