Founded in 1999, the Jobs Partnership of Florida (JP) was formed to address the issue of poverty through strategic and collaborative employment initiatives. An outgrowth of the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Workforce 2020 project, JP is based on a successful model of collaboration between churches, businesses and community organizations started in Raleigh, North Carolina. It all started when Chris Mangum’s company resurfaced the parking lot at Pastor Donald McCoy’s church and they became best friends.