Springfield non-profit gains contract for Creve Coeur fee office, its second in region
This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon Sept. 3, 2009 - Alternative Opportunities, Inc., the Springfield-based not-for-profit that has been amassing state contracts to operate license offices around the state, just added another one.
The state Department of Revenue announced Thursday that the agency, which provides employment help and assistance to help the disabled and youth in foster care, has been awarded the Creve Coeur license office, 12943 Olive Street Rd.
Last week, Alternative Opportunities obtained the contract to run the Olivette office.
All told, Alternative Opportunities has obtained contracts for eight license offices around the state, and is in the running for more.
As officials told the Beacon last week, the agency is seeking contracts where it has branch operations -- there are two in the St. Louis area -- and hopes to use the license offices as job-training facilities.
State and agency officials say its success in the bidding process has nothing to do with close to $12,000 in campaign donations that the agency's executives gave last year to Gov. Jay Nixon.