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CFO Jeff Atwater Invites You to Learn More About ‘Florida’s Financial History’ in celebration of Viva Florida 500

4/15/2013

Contact: Alexis Lambert
(850) 413-2842
TALLAHASSEE—Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater today released Florida’s Financial History , a new website feature to celebrate Florida’s 500th birthday. The interactive, online application tracks the growth of the state’s diverse economy since Ponce de Leon first discovered “the land of flowers” all the way to the launch of Apollo 11 from Kennedy Space Center. 
 
As a fifth-generation Floridian, CFO Atwater said he encourages Florida educators to use the online application in their classrooms to supplement lessons in history and economics. After learning about Florida’s financial history, users are invited to browse a library of Florida history books and even test their knowledge with a short quiz. 
 
“We have many reasons to celebrate our rich history and the remarkable people, events and inventions that all led to what makes Florida great today and set us on a path for tremendous economic success in the future,” said CFO Atwater.  “This application is intended to inspire our youth to think boldly, like those who came before us did, and to work toward making their dreams a reality.”
 
The Florida Financial History application was created by the Department of Financial Services, and is part of CFO Atwater’s Your Money Matter$ initiative.  The application traces the development of transportation, agriculture, tourism and technology and some of the people and events that drove Florida’s economic growth.
 
Please visit www.MyFloridaCFO.com/YMM to view Florida’s Financial History and learn more about the great state we call home.  
 
Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, a statewide elected official, oversees the Department of Financial Services. CFO Atwater’s priorities include fighting financial fraud, abuse and waste in government, reducing government spending and regulatory burdens that chase away businesses, and providing transparency and accountability in spending.