Basically a think tank organized under section 501 (c) (4) of the IRS Code.
To promote the creation of jobs and economic development in South Florida, with the specific objective of assuring that local residents are properly prepared and given preference for future jobs promised by certain public and private projects.
FJP was the brainchild of Jack Lowell, Rudy Garcia, and Alex Penelas, who serve as FJP’s Directors.
The founding Directors felt there is a need for an independent, objective, and non-political forum to analyze job and economic growth opportunities in South Florida and, where appropriate, to assist and encourage decision-makers on issues related to the South Florida workforce.
The Directors manage FJP’s projects and affairs.
FJP’s Advisory Board advises the Directors and may be organized in several committees to provide direction on FJP projects based on areas of expertise.
1. By compiling data and research obtained through focus groups, polling, and economic studies.
2. Analysis of the data and crafting recommendations for decision makers.
3. Dissemination of data and recommendations as appropriate.
4. Educating the public on the real potential for job growth of certain projects.
1. Focus groups and polling in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties to measure public perception of the state of the local economy and measures to improve it. This research will also measure reaction to certain public and private projects that are either in the development or planning stage
A. Possible op-eds Introducing FJP and explaining results of recent focus groups.
B. Additional white-papers on the role of education and related findings from focus groups and polling.
C. Analysis of data and development of recommendations regarding local workforce.
2. Economic study on the real potential for job growth of the proposed destination resorts legislation and compare with statements made by supporters.
3. Economic study on actual impact to workforce by Marlins Stadium project.
4. Development of an action plan to properly disseminate research and recommendations among decision makers to accomplish desired objectives related to South Florida workforce.
5. Educate the public on key findings related to job growth and opportunities.
This will be decided on a case by case basis.
Information will become public if the Directors, in consultation with the Advisory Board, believe it will further an objective of the organization.
Through private briefings with project owners, publication of reports and/or through appropriate media outlets.
FJP does not view its primary role as supporters or opponents of specific projects, but certainly reserves the right to do so if it advances its objectives. FJP views certain projects, whether public or private, as means to the end of producing sustainable and meaningful employment opportunities for South Floridians.
Should FJP decide to support or oppose any specific project, it will do so in a fashion consistent with its non-for-profit status.
In their individual capacity, Directors or members of the Advisory have or may take a position on certain projects.
While lobbying is not the primary function of FJP, it may be considered in situations where it advances the organization’s objectives.
Through sponsorships from individuals and organizations that support the objectives of FJP and/or seek an independent and thorough analysis of a particular project.
The Directors made the initial contributions.
No. FJP is a private organization and the directors believe that receipt of public funds is inconsistent with its objectives.
By financially supporting the work of FJP or becoming involved in one of its Committees.
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