MONTGOMERY – The Alabama League of Municipalities announced the Alabama Communities of Excellence STAR Award recipients at its annual Municipal Leadership Institute and graduation/awards ceremonies on November 8, 2023, in Orange Beach. The League presents the ACE STAR Awards to acknowledge ACE advisory board members, ambassadors, community participants and volunteers who have gone above and beyond in assisting the organization and the communities they serve.
2023 Outstanding ACE Local Coordinator – Holle Smith of the Ozark Dale County Economic Development Corporation
This award recognizes a local coordinator which is a community participant appointed local coordinator by the mayor and who has performed exceptionally while participating in the ACE program. The city of Ozark has been working on its designation to become an ACE Community since 2021. Holle skillfully assisted the city in navigating the city through the ACE process and guided theirstrategic planning initiative.