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Announcing the Governors' South Atlantic Alliance

Governors of four southeastern states announced on October 19, 2009 an agreement to work together to better manage and protect ocean and coastal
resources, ensure regional economic sustainability and respond to disasters such as hurricanes.

The agreement establishes an alliance among North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida and Georgia. The South Atlantic Alliance will leverage resources from each state to protect and maintain healthy coastal ecosystems, keep waterfronts working, enhance clean ocean and coastal waters and help make communities more resilient after they've been struck by natural disasters.

The alliance was signed by North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue and Florida Gov. Charlie Crist.

"All four governors realize that we are facing considerable challenges to sustain our coastal resources for future generations," said North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue. "This alliance will enable us to work together to protect our ocean environment and the health and economic well-being of the people dependent on those resources."

This Governors' South Atlantic Alliance is a state-led partnership leveraging resources from the public and private sectors, business and industry communities, local governments, federal agencies, academic institutions, and non-governmental organizations to address regional priorities.

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