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

Dear Fellow Floridian:

This week we celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr., one of the great visionaries our nation has produced. Dr. King had an unshakeable faith in the capacity of the American people to effect positive change, and his optimistic spirit refused to accept his dream as impossible. His unwavering leadership and strength of character continue to inspire us amidst the challenges we face today.Martin Luther King

Although our current issues and struggles are much different than those of the civil rights movement, we would do well to heed the lessons that can be learned from Dr. King’s life. Our nation’s struggles continue to threaten the greatness of America. If we are to regain our footing, we must—like Dr. King—face our challenges, be willing to see farther ahead than those around us and refuse to pass the problem along to future generations of Americans.

As we remember a man who dedicated his life to fighting for and serving others, we can honor his legacy by embodying his spirit of optimism and positively impacting our communities, our state and our nation.

Jeff Atwater
Jeff Atwater
Chief Financial Officer
State of Florida

News of Interest

Sarasota Herald-Tribune: 2012 ends with a flurry of raw land sales

Orlando Business Journal: Florida Growth Fund creates 4,164 jobs

Miami Herald: Global entrepreneurship nonprofit Endeavor coming to Miami

Orlando Business Journal: Starting salaries increase by 3.4% for new graduates

Business Week: Recovery in U.S. Saving 8 Million Underwater Homeowners

USA Today: Vote for the best beach town in Florida

American Banker: Small biz borrowers see more approvals from big banks: survey

Reuters: Wal-Mart plans to hire 100,000 veterans over five years

Sun-Sentinel: Survey: Only 5% of Florida's wealthy grew up rich

Resolution Recognizes Thrift Week

Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater sponsored a resolution recognizing next week, Jan. 17-23, 2013, as “Florida Thrift Week,” encouraging all Floridians to learn and implement the values of thrift and saving as steps toward long-term financial success. Florida Thrift Week is hosted by The James Madison Institute (JMI), a Florida-based research and educational organization with the mission of keeping Floridians informed about their government and teaching our youth about the value of thrift. JMI Thrift Week Resolution

The thrift educational movement began in 1916 during World War I, and National Thrift Week became an annual celebration beginning each year on January 17 in honor of the birthday of Benjamin Franklin, America’s foremost thrift advocate. The John Templeton Foundation recently rallied a national campaign for the annual celebration to return.

Thrift and saving are integral components of any financial plan and the root of long-term financial success for families, businesses and individuals. If everyone makes a daily choice of responsible financial habits, then we can battle the increasing debt and economic uncertainty facing our nation.