The Missouri Department of Economic Development on Wednesday announced that the Sustainable Ozarks Partnership at Fort Leonard Wood will receive $195,750 in Neighborhood Assistance Program tax credits that will allow the organization to raise up to $391,500 in funds for the organization. The SOP will be able to sell the tax credits over the next three years. As part of the tax credits program, the S-O-P will work to accomplish three objectives. The partnership will assist with the creation of an expanded certification and credentialing program to assist military service members reintegrating into civilian life…implement a national marketing program for the Fort Leonard Wood Region to attract new employers to the region and create jobs for veterans and their families…and enhance Waynesville-St. Robert Regional Joint Use Airport to support and attract regional businesses, create jobs, and expand awareness in the military command that Fort Leonard Wood is a readily accessible base worthy of continuous support.
The Sustainable Ozarks Partnership is the only kind of organization that can tie the needs of four counties and an Army installation together in a manner that benefits the cities, counties, state of Missouri, and Department of Defense interests.