Opportunity Workshop, Inc. in Stanberry received the Missouri Governor's Community Project of the Year Award in September. Presented at the Governor's Conference on Economic Development, the honor recognized the best example of community development projects providing a significant impact on the community and its citizens. The ceremony was at the University Plaza Hotel and Convention Center in Springfield. The honor was given in connection with construction of a new, ADA-accessible production facility that provides a safer, healthier, uncluttered work environment for its employees. The facility enabled Opportunity Workshop to increase its number of employees with a disability.
The Governor's Community Project of the Year Award, given to recognize the best example of community development projects providing a significant impact on the community and its citizens, was presented to Opportunity Workshop Inc., Stanberry. Opportunity Workshop is a sheltered workshop that constructed a new ADA accessible production facility to provide a safer, healthier, uncluttered work environment for its employees. The facility enabled Opportunity Workshop to increase its number of disabled employees.
Gov. Matt Blunt announced today that the Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) has approved $350,000 in Neighborhood Assistance Program tax credits for Opportunity Workshop, Inc., a sheltered workshop in Stanberry.
Opportunity Workshop, Inc will use the credits to construct a new production facility to provide a safer, healthier work environment for employees. The new facility will be completely ADA accessible and contain a larger production area. This will allow the workshop to increase the number of disabled employees.
The DED administers the Neighborhood Assistance Program that helps not-for-profit organizations raise private-sector funds by providing partial state tax credits to businesses that make contributions to approved community improvement projects.
Businesses can donate cash, materials, supplies or equipment; technical assistance and professional services; labor; real estate; or stocks and bonds. Credits can equal up to 50 percent of the total amount contributed or up to 70 percent for projects located in most rural areas. Not-for-profit organizations participating in the NAP program conduct capital campaigns or provide services in the areas of crime prevention, education, job training, physical revitalizations, or community services. The Neighborhood Assistance Program is utilized by not-for-profit organizations throughout Missouri to make their communities a more desirable place to live and work, as well as pave the way for economic development.