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Alex Sink talks about her trip to China



Alex Sink recently returned from a United Way-sponsored trip to China aimed at encouraging the value of philanthropy to the fast-rising economic power. Sink -- Florida's former chief financial officer, past gubernatorial candidate, longtime bank executive and founder of her FloridaNext foundation to encourage economic innovation - said in an interview Tuesday that China was emerging from a long history of government control while contending with the rise of billionaire families and wealth inequality.


"We came to raise awareness and talk about responsibilities for the common good," said Sink, whose September visit was part of a United Way Worldwide forum. Discussions ranged from helping the massive urban migration of Chinese workers and their children to ensuring better accountability that philanthropic funds are actually used as intended.


Sink also said the trip was used to reinforce the idea that China's growing investments in U.S. businesses should include a commitment to give employees time and support to give back to their communities. Sink has strong ties to the regional United Way Suncoast, having formerly served on its board and even chairing the annual fundraising effort back in her days as Florida president of what is now Bank of America.


Encouraging better ties globally, Sink said, ultimately translates to more and better job opportunities in the Tampa Bay area.


[Last modified: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 1:01pm]


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