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development programs, as well as supporting state and local efforts to promote small business development.  During the workshop, utility presenters discussed how they have been and will continue to be committed to the development of small business and the procurement of goods and services from these particular business.

Here is a brief summary of the workshop proceedings with highlights from each speaker’s presentation.  For a full transcript of the workshop, please contact the PSC’s Division of Commission Clerk and Administrative Services (850/413-6732).

Introductory  Remarks

PSC Chairman Lisa Polak Edgar opened  the workshop, saying that participants would hear from utilities about their economic development efforts in Florida, with specific emphasis on small business procurement.   She also said the workshop would focus on the work Florida’s utilities do in conjunction with and in support of small business and community action organizations and the effect this has on Florida and its economy.

Commissioner Isilio Arriaga, who helped organize the workshop with the Commission’s support, welcomed special guests that included Ms. Susan Story, CEO of Gulf Power, who appeared at the workshop in her role as Vice Chairman of Enterprise Florida, Inc.; Mr. John Adams, President and CEO of Enterprise Florida, Inc.; and  Mr. Windell Paige, Executive Director, Office of Supplier Diversity for Florida.  Commissioner Arriaga recognized participating utility representatives and told them that he was pleased with their successes in the area of supplier diversity, while further noting that “there is always potential for improvement.”

Commissioner Arriaga said he planned to present the workshop results to the Utility Market Access Partnership (UMAP) Board, an organization within the framework of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners.  After announcing that the

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