My Florida C F O

Dear Fellow Floridians:

Creating the conditions for success is necessary to the progress and growth of our economy. I believe that government should not stand in the way of entrepreneurs, families, or communities, but instead provide the framework for success so that they can thrive. By reducing regulations, cutting taxes, and paying off debt, Florida ensures that businesses have the Florida: A Beacon of Liberty and Prosperityability to expand and flourish.

After all, businesses create jobs in our communities and grow our state’s economy. By recognizing the opportunities that effective public policy can play in our economy, Florida provides the crucial structure and support that is essential for prosperity.

The latest edition of Florida's Bottom Line is now available and highlights how Florida has been able to create the conditions for success for businesses, families, and communities around the state. Inside you will find stories from leaders around Florida who have seen the opportunities that our state offers and the resulting outcomes.

I hope you’ll take a few minutes to read about the opportunities that Florida has created through fiscal discipline and limited government. I’m proud of what our state has done to foster these opportunities, and I am excited to share these achievements.


Jeff Atwater
Chief Financial Officer
State of Florida

News of Interest

Bizpac Review: CFO Jeff Atwater: Overreaching regulations costly, serve no meaningful purpose

Tampa Bay Times: Why did Google Fiber pick Tampa? Credit the area's emerging tech and startup scenes

SaintPetersBlog: Florida Chamber Summit forecasts state’s economy to remain strong for next three years

Fort Myers News-Press: Baby boomers could bring economic boom to Florida

Miami Herald: U.S. trade rep: Pacific trade pact good for Florida

Jacksonville Business Journal: Enterprise Florida releases report on job creation by region

Orlando Business Journal: Building barrage: Commercial values hit $1.4B this year

Florida Economic Briefs

Advanced estimate shows U.S. GDP growth in third quarter
U.S. gross domestic product (GDP), the broadest sum of goods and services produced across the economy, grew at an annualized rate of 1.5 percent in the third quarter of 2015, according to an advanced estimate released by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the second quarter, real GDP increased 3.9 percent. Real GDP is the value of goods and services produced by the nation’s economy less the value of the goods and services used up in production and adjusted for price changes.
Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis

Florida’s economy predicted to outpace the nation and peer states
Florida’s economy is expected to grow 2.7 percent over the next six months, according to the state’s latest leading index released by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. Florida is forecast to grow faster than the nation and its peer states, California, New York, Illinois, and Texas, during this time.
Source: Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

Be S.A.F.E., Be Scam Smart

Operation S.A.F.E.Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater invites you to participate in Operation S.A.F.E., Be Scam Smart, a free workshop for seniors, their families, and caregivers.

The Florida Department of Financial Services launched Operation S.A.F.E. (Stop Adult Financial Exploitation) as part of CFO Atwater’s On Guard for Seniors initiative. Be Scam Smart workshops help inform, empower, and protect Florida’s seniors from financial scams and fraud. If you want to make sure your savings are protected, register for this workshop and get a better understanding of how scam artists and scams work.

Be Scam Smart by learning more about:

  • The Psychology of a Scam
  • How to Spot Fraudulent Behavior
  • Common Scams that Target Seniors
  • How to Fight Identity Theft
  • Resources to Keep You Safe

Find out more about us in the About Us section or Register for an upcoming event, including the following workshop:

  • Thursday, November 5th - Marianna
    10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. CST
    Chipola Health and Rehabilitation Center Café
    4294 3rd Avenue, Marianna, Florida 32446
    Register | Directions | Flyer

  • Friday, November 6th - Milton
    12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. CST
    Santa Rosa Medical Center
    6002 Berryhill Road, Milton, Florida 32570
    Register | Directions | Flyer