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Leeds steers course to being an Alabama Community of Excellence

Leeds is an old railroad town, and its leaders are careful to preserve and honor that history while welcoming new businesses. (Brittany Faush / Alabama NewsCenter) By Cary Estes for @Alabama Newscenter Leeds is a mere 15 miles east of the ever-sprawlin …

Guntersville is an Alabama Community of Excellence basking in a lake-effect glow

It is easy to see the appeal of the Guntersville area. All one has to do is look around. Nestled on the edge of a picturesque 69,000-acre lake with lush tree-lined mountains in nearly every direction, Guntersville is a place that puts the “great” in the great outdoors, which is why it is one of the top tourist draws in Alabama.

Heflin is happening, thanks to Alabama Communities of Excellence

Ever since graduating from the Alabama Communities of Excellence program in 2007, Heflin officials have embraced the ACE approach of establishing connections with a variety of entities, and then collaborating toward a common goal to strengthen the town’s long-term economic success.

Montevallo puts the pieces together as an Alabama Community of Excellence

“ACE provided us with a platform to consolidate our vision as a community,” second-term Montevallo Mayor Hollie Cost said. “They brought us together to develop a strategic plan, and then we had direction.”

There’s no doubting Thomasville as an Alabama Community of Excellence

The town of Thomasville sits about 100 miles away from Mobile to the south, Montgomery to the east and Tuscaloosa to the north. Some might say this places the rural community in the middle of nowhere. Longtime Thomasville Mayor Sheldon Day prefers to say that the city actually is “in the center of everything.”

Haleyville answers the call as an Alabama Community of Excellence

“ACE gives you the structure of how to work on these things, then it goes through the steps of how to accomplish them,” said Haleyville Mayor Ken Sunseri, who was elected in 2008 and is serving his third term.

ACE 2017 Reunion

ACE Reunion 2017 Documents AGENDA 7-14-17 Reunion Digital Engagement During Uncertain Times Part I ‐ Cybersecurity and Privacy Issues for Municipalities Brandon N. Robinson 2017 ADECA Presentation by Director Kenneth Boswell Digital Engagement: Remaini …

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 …

Alabama Communities of Excellence marks 15 years of boosting towns across the state

Small towns throughout Alabama may not have all of the tools for growth and development that the big cities have, but they do have Alabama Communities of Excellence. ACE has been helping towns of between 2,000 and 18,000 people for 15 years. Instead of …

Three Cities To Be Designated an Alabama Community of Excellence

Three Alabama communities, Jasper, Oneonta and Spanish Fort will be designated as an “Alabama Community of Excellence” at the Opening Session of the Alabama League of Municipalities Annual Convention to be held in Birmingham, AL on May 20, 2017. The Ma …

ACE Applications for 2017 Class Now Closed

Alabama Communities of Excellence (ACE) TRAINING WORKSHOP ACE NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR ITS 2017 CLASS Contact: Ms. Sidney Hoover, (205) 567-3248 – Sidney.Hoover@outlook.com The Alabama Communities of Excellence (ACE) program has launched the comp …

Strategic Planning Session for Spanish Fort

Photos from Spanish Fort Strategic Planning Session, December 9.

ACE Elects New Officers as Program Celebrates 15th Anniversary

Contact: Ms. Sidney Hoover, (205) 567-3248 In 2017, Alabama Communities of Excellence (ACE) will celebrate its 15th anniversary of helping selected small Alabama communities achieve long-term economic success. Targeting communities with populations of …

ACE Towns Love Your Town Alabama

Earlier this month, the Alabama Communities of Excellence program participated in the annual Your Town Alabama workshop.

ACE Announces New Web Tool

The Alabama Communities of Excellence program announces an all new tool and a revamped website. Profiles of all 18 of our partner organizations, including information about their important connections to small towns, along with information about all AC …

ACE Reunion 2016

June 17, 2016, ACE held our 2016 ACE Town Reunion, a day-long opportunity to network with like-minded community leaders and learn specifics about how to make your ACE town better. Below are some of the materials presented along with photos from the eve …

ACE 2016 Star Awards Announced

CLANTON, ALABAMA. The Alabama Communities of Excellence (ACE) presented the 2016 ACE Star Awards at the Alabama Communities of Excellence (ACE) Annual Community Reunion June 17th in Clanton, Alabama at the Alabama Power Company – Clanton Conference Cen …

Community Capacity Building Thru a Sustaining Partnership

April 2016 ACE Meeting Presentation Rebecca B. Masic, Workforce Officer -ACCS Community Capacity Building Thru a Sustaining Partnership Workforce Division – Community Collaboration – Link to Video (click to view a pdf of the presentation)

City of Helena Designated an Alabama Community of Excellence

The City of Helena has been designated as an Alabama Community of Excellence after successfully completing the Alabama Communities of Excellence (ACE) program, a comprehensive three-phase approach to economic and community development for cities with p …

Red Bay’s ACE Assessment to enter Phase II

Vol. 64, No. 12 1 Section, 12 Pages – Wednesday, April 6, 1016 Katie Crum, Staff Writer Progress is being made in Red Bay’s attempt to become an Alabama Community of Excellence Phase two of Red Bay’s ACE Assessment will soon be underway. Phase one of t …

ACE Program Update at the EDAA Winter Conference

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION OF ALABAMA WINTER CONFERENCE – FEBRUARY 2, 2016 “Alabama Communities of Excellence (ACE) Program Update” See the powerpoint Director Sidney Hoover provided. ACE Presentation EDAA 2-2-16

ACE and Your Town Alabama

What a great turnout for Your Town Alabama last month. Look at all the participants from ACE Towns!

ACE 2015 Star Awards Announced

AUBURN, ALABAMA- The Alabama Communities of Excellence (ACE) presented the 2015 ACE Star Awards at the annual Alabama Community Leadership Network (ACLN) Conference Award Luncheon, October 6, 2015 in Auburn, Alabama. The ACE Star Awards recognizes indi …

2015 ACE Star Nominations

It’s ACE Star Award time!  The opportunity to recognize the 2015 ACE “shining stars”; individuals of the ACE Program that have performed above and beyond the call of duty.  These individuals can include ACE Partners/Members, ACE Community Participants …

Five New Towns Become Alabama Communities of Excellence

Tuscaloosa, Alabama—Alabama Communities of Excellence (ACE) recently designated five new communities after they successfully completed the ACE three-phase approach to economic and community development for cities with populations between 2,000 and 18,0 …

Knowledge is Power: Preparing Leaders for Alabama Economic Development

Originally contributed to the EDAA Journal, Winter 2015 by Joe A. Sumners, Ph.D., director of the Economic & Community Development Institute (ECDI), a partnership between Auburn University and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and Amelia H. …

Alabama Communities of Excellence (ACE) Training Workshop Attended by Nine Alabama Communities

Mayors, City Clerks, City Council Members and other key leaders from nine Alabama communities including Abbeville, Chelsea, Geneva, Lineville, Oneonta, Orange Beach, Tallassee, Wetumpka and York participated in an Application Training Workshop held on …

ACE Communities Application Now Closed

2015 Application Process and Selection Criteria Overview Applications are disseminated to mayors of all eligible municipalities in Alabama (cities between 2,000 and 18,000 in population). The application form consists of questions designed to determine …

ACE Makes the Alabama League of Municipalities Magazine

Visit their magazine (link below) or download the two pages devoted to ACE here.    

Wrapup: Economic & Community Development Incentives: Nuts & Bolts and Small Town Perspectives

Tapping potential through taxes and partnerships, Mayor Hollie Cost, Mayor of ACE Town Montevallo Download Presentation Economic & Community Development Incentives: Nuts & Bolts, Thomas Longino, Balch & Bingham Download Presentation Thank y …

ACE 2014 Star Awards Announced

The Alabama Communities of Excellence (ACE) presented the 2014 ACE Star Awards at the annual Alabama Community Leadership Network (ACLN) Conference Award Luncheon on October 7, 2014 in Auburn, Alabama. The ACE Star Awards recognize those individuals who have performed above and beyond the call of duty and embody the principles of the ACE Program, which is a comprehensive development program designed to assist Alabama’s smaller communities in their efforts to plan, grow and prosper.

City of Heflin Industrial Development Board Receives Best Regional Website WebAward

Heflin, Ala. – The City of Heflin Industrial Development Board received a “Best Regional Website” award in the 2014 Web Marketing Association’s WebAwards, an international competition designed to judge top websites. Over 1,500 websites in 96 industry c …

ACE Towns at Your Town Alabama 2014

Great crowd of ACE Towns at the 2014 Your Town Alabama Workshop held earlier this week at Camp McDowell.

ACE STAR AWARD Nominations

Once again it is time to recognize individuals who have gone above and beyond the call of duty for ACE! Does your Mayor, Local ACE Coordinator, or ACE Team Captain deserve to be honored for their outstanding service to ACE? The deadline to submit nomin …

Grant Opportunities from CAWACO RC&D

BIRMINGHAM, AL – CAWACO RC&D FY2015 GRANT CYCLE Cawaco Resource Conservation and Development Council is seeking grant applications for its Grant Programs in Blount, Chilton, Jefferson, Shelby and Walker Counties. PROPOSALS MUST BE RECEIVED BY Augus …

Cities of Brewton and Thomasville Recertified as an “Alabama Community of Excellence”

The Cities of Brewton and Thomasville have successfully completed the Alabama Communities of Excellence (ACE) recertification process. The recertification is based on the ACE Community’s progress in implementing its plans and progress towards approachi …

City of Brewton Recertified as an “Alabama Community of Excellence”

Pictured above: Sidney Hoover, ACE Executive Director; Mayor Yank Lovelace; Councilman District 4 – Joe Watson and Councilman District 5 – Fred Barton The City of Brewton has successfully completed the Alabama Communities of Excellence (ACE) recertific …

Fayette Names Robert (Bobby) Avant New Local Coordinator for ACE

Fayette Mayor Ray Nelson recently announced the appointment of Bobby Avant as local coordinator for the Alabama Communities of Excellence (ACE) Program. Avant replaces longtime ACE coordinator Larry Pinkerton of the Turner Insurance Agency. The ACE pro …

Announcing the best Complete Streets policies of 2013

A total of 83 communities adopted Complete Streets policies in the United States in 2013. These laws, resolutions and planning and design documents encourage and provide for the safe access to destinations for everyone, regardless of age, ability, inco …

Your Town Alabama Scholarships for ACE TOWNS

The Alabama Communities of Excellence (ACE) program is offering scholarships for the May 14-16, 2014 Your Town Alabama workshop to a limited number of qualified applicants on a first come basis.  Only residents of communities that have already been des …

American Bus Association (ABA) nominations for Top 100 Events are open

Take advantage of an opportunity to promote your ACE Town! The American Bus Association (ABA) has officially opened nominations for the 2015 Top 100 Events in North America.  These events bring group tours to your area so share this with all your netwo …

National Shrimp Festival earns awards at industry conference

GulfCoastNewsToday.com, Feb. 26 The National Shrimp Festival was recently presented a Bronze award for “Best Overall Festival” and an additional Bronze for “Best Digital Media” at the Southeast Festivals & Events Kaleidoscope Awards, sponsored by R …

Elba students credentialed as Microsoft Office Specialists in PowerPoint

Elba High School’s Business Education Program recently credentialed 27 students as a Microsoft Office Specialist in PowerPoint through the Microsoft IT Academy. “This credential was not easy for students to receive. They have to work hard and practice …

Lack of Transit Options May Limit Children’s Healthcare

Approximately three million children miss a healthcare appointment each year because of inadequate access to transit, according to a study from the Children’s Health Fund. A third of those children later visited a hospital emergency room for the condit …

ACE 2013 Star Awards Announced

For more information, contact:   Sidney Hoover, 205-567-3248 Auburn, Alabama. The Alabama Communities of Excellence (ACE) presented the 2013 ACE Star Awards at the annual Alabama Community Leadership Network (ACLN) Conference Award Luncheon on October …

City of Leeds Designated an “Alabama Community of Excellence”

City of Leeds representatives receive designation. For more information, contact: Pat Hall, Leeds ACE Coordinator phall@windstream.net 205-699-3760 Leeds has been designated as an “Alabama Community of Excellence” after successfully completing the Alab …