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My Florida C F O
Weekly eNewsletter from Florida's Chief Financial Officer

Dear Fellow Floridian:

Small businesses are the economic foundation on which the American economy was built. Our core values have enabled us to cultivate a culture of entrepreneurs that helps propel our economy forward. Although we continue Spring 2012 edition of Florida's Bottom Lineto see the economy improve, there is a piece of the puzzle missing for significant economic growth and diversification in our state.

As I travel across the state, I routinely visit with entrepreneurs and small-business owners. One of the primary challenges these businessmen and women have in expanding their businesses is lack of access to capital. Another crucial component to the long-term prosperity of our state is encouraging investment in new and diverse industries.

This quarter, Florida’s Bottom Line focuses on how we can attract much-needed investors to support Florida’s entrepreneurs, effectively growing health care, technology and manufacturing in our state's burgeoning economy. This issue will also provide you with the most up-to-date financial and economic statistics for Florida, serving as a roadmap for your financial future. I hope you find this edition interesting and informative.

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Jeff Atwater
Jeff Atwater
Chief Financial Officer
State of Florida

News of Interest

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Gainesville Sun: Gainesville ranked as America's 6th hardest working town

NWF Daily News: U.S. House directs most BP fines to Gulf Coast

Sun-Sentinel: Florida health insurers to rebate estimated $113 M

Sun-Sentinel: Tech titans nurture South Florida's digital dreams

Naples News: Lights, camera: First film production studio opens in downtown Naples

Sarasota Herald-Tribune: All signs point to a tourist season upswing

Miami Herald: Naples, Key West make list of best small towns