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USDA Rural e-Connectivity Pilot Program Applications

USDA Announces Opening Date for Rural e-Connectivity Pilot Program Applications WASHINGTON, March 29, 2019 – Acting Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Joel Baxley today announced that USDA Rural Development will begin accepting the first …

Delta Regional Authority (DRA) Grants

Delta Regional Authority (DRA) has opened the 2019 application cycle to provide investments through its available funding opportunities. Organizations and communities can apply online at funding.dra.gov. The deadline to submit applications is May 31, 2 …

2019 AARP Community Challenge Grant

The AARP Community Challenge grant program is part of the nationwide AARP Livable Communities initiative that helps communities become great places to live for residents of all ages. The program is intended to help communities make immediate improvemen …

NPS Historic Preservation Grants

The National Park Service is accepting applications for $5 million in grants to support the preservation of historic buildings in rural communities across the country that are listed in or eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Pla …

ARC POWER Initiative Grant Application

POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) is a congressionally funded initiative that targets federal resources to help communities and regions that have been affected by job losses in coal mining, coal power plant …

2019 NPS Challenge Cost Share Application

Announcing the 2019 Challenge Cost Share Program: Got a great idea that will help people enjoy and protect a national park, national trail, or Wild and Scenic River? Then round up some partners and get ready, because the NPS Challenge Cost Share Progra …

Design Alabama: Accepting Applications for DesignCall- Due March 1st

DesignPlace Call for Applications: March 1st Deadline If you are a community that has participated in the DesignAlabama Mayors Design Summit, this is an opportunity to advance the recommendations of the Summit. The DesignPlace program is a grassroots, …

New Officers Elected for 2019 ACE Program

      NEWS RELEASE New Officers Elected for the 2019 ACE Program Contact: Ms. Sidney Hoover, (205) 567-3248 As the Alabama Communities of Excellence (ACE) begins its 17th year of assisting selected smaller Alabama communities reach their …

Rural Resilience by Dr. Joe Sumners

Dr. Joe Sumners addresses his experience living in Creswell, Alabama and focuses on the issues surrounding rural Alabama communities. While easily, identified problems exist within these type communities, the practical solutions to solving the problems …

City of Brewton: America in Bloom Award

(Columbus, OH): Top honors for the prestigious 2018 America in Bloom National Awards Program were announced at the annual symposium and awards celebration held in Lexington, KY on September 29. Brewton was the winner of the outstanding achievement awar …

UACED Partners in Walkability Workshop

UACED was a partner bringing together teams from nine small communities (with populations between 2,000 and 18,000) across Alabama for the “ACE Communities Workshop” in Montevallo, AL on July 19th. The highlight of the program was Walkable and Vibrant …

2017 ACE Star Awards

The 2017 ACE Star Award recipients include: Ms. Tana Collins, Outstanding ACE Local Coordinator (Jasper) The Honorable Robert Joslin, Outstanding ACE Mayor (Arab) Reverend Willie Blue, Outstanding ACE Volunteer (Brewton) Mr. Brandon Bias, Outstanding ACE Ambassador (Goodwyn, Mills & Cawood, Inc.) Dr. Arturo Menefee, Exceptional ACE Leadership (Auburn University – Alabama Cooperative Extension System)

ACE Designates Three Communities as an “Alabama Community of Excellence” and Announces the 2017 Incoming Class

For more information, contact: Sidney Hoover, ACE Executive Director Sidney.Hoover@outlook.com; 205-567-3248 JASPER, ONEONTA, SPANISH FORT, BAY MINETTE, BOAZ, CENTER POINT, CHELSEA, HANCEVILLE AND TALLASSEE Three Alabama communities, Jasper, Oneonta an …

ACE 2018 Annual Community Reunion – Friday – July 20, 2018

The 2018 ACE Community Reunion Event will be held at the Alabama Power Conference Center located in Clanton, AL in the Alabama Room on Friday, July 20, 2018.  Registration will be required and will be available on the ACE website.  Check-in will begin …

2nd Annual Alabama Capital Access Matchmaker

The 2nd Annual Alabama Capital Access Matchmaker will be November 2 and 3 at the Caribe Resort in Orange Beach. The Alabama Small Business Development Center Network, Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance, Baldwin County EMC and over 10 area Cha …