Jacksonville State University


Located in the Appalachian foothills almost midway between Birmingham and Atlanta, JSU has grown from very humble beginnings as a state teachers college in 1883 into the Alabama regional university with the highest percentage of accredited programs.



“Part of Spire’s mission is to ‘advance every community and enrich every life’. ACE provides the venue to connect the opportunities of communities with the resources from across the state.  As ACE advances every community, lives are enriched. What a great story to tell and be part of.” Mike Swinson Director, Economic Development Alabama/Mississippi SPIRE […]

David Mathews Center for Civic Life


“As a nonprofit dedicated to strengthening civic life in Alabama, the Mathews Center is honored to partner with Alabama Communities of Excellence as it works to strengthen communities across Alabama.” Cristin Brawner, Executive Director David Mathews Center for Civic Life Cristin Brawner is the ACE representative for the David Mathews Center for Civic Life, a […]

Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association


Tami Reist President and CEO Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association Ms. Tami Reist is the ACE representative for the Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association and currently serves as Secretary of ACE. The Association formed in 1964 with the express purpose of developing North Alabama’s travel industry and marketing the region to the traveling public.  The […]

Alabama League of Municipalities


“Since 1935 the Alabama League of Municipalities has been the primary legislative advocate for Alabama’s cities and towns, representing its members at the Alabama Legislature, in Congress and with numerous administrative agencies.  The League provides many services to its 450+ member municipalities and strives to strengthen municipal government through advocacy, training and the advancement of […]

Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs


Mr. Kenneth Boswell is the ACE representative for The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA). ADECA was established to streamline and professionalize the management of a number of federally-funded programs administered by the state. Today, ADECA is responsible for administering a broad range of state and federal programs that contribute to the department’s […]

Alabama Historical Commission


“The Alabama Historical Commission (AHC) is proud to be a partner member of the Alabama Communities of Excellence Board and long supporter of this community development program. Staff participates on the board, work committees, community assessments, and the strategic planning process. Communities with interest in our programs receive assistance from appropriate staff. Our agency has […]

Alabama Department of Commerce


“The Alabama Community of Excellence program is a valuable partner to Commerce as we carry out our primary mission to create jobs and stimulate investment throughout the state,” said Angela Till, deputy secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce. “With its effective three-pronged approach, ACE serves to create a foundation for growth in communities, better […]

Alabama Municipal Electric Authority


“As the wholesale power provider for 11 public power communities in Alabama, AMEA is committed to helping our Member cities in securing long-term economic success. Our partnership with the ACE program ensures that any AMEA Member city, which is eligible to participate in the ACE program, receives the assistance it needs in developing and implementing […]

Alabama Power Company


“Our objective is to help communities become places where people can grow and thrive. The Alabama Communities of Excellence program is designed to develop leadership and assist communities in identifying their assets and leveraging them to maximize human, physical and financial capital. Whether it’s supporting workforce development efforts, contributing to site development strategies or identifying […]

Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood, Inc.

“As a firm with a foundational belief in community, collaboration and people [GMC] has proudly supported the Alabama Communities of Excellence program for many years because of the positive impact it has on participating communities throughout the state.  Brandon S. Bias AICP, LEED Green Associate Community Planning – Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood, Inc. (GMC) Mr. […]

Regions Bank


Regions is one of the nation’s largest full-service providers of consumer and commercial banking, wealth management, mortgage and insurance products and services. Regions serves customers across the South, Midwest and Texas and operates approximately 1,630 banking offices and 2,000 ATMs. The company’s mission is to make like better for its customers, associates and communities and […]

The University of Alabama Center for Economic Development


“The University of Alabama Center for Economic Development (UACED) has an enduring partnership with the Alabama Communities of Excellence (ACE) as we are a founding member and supporter. We have worked with ACE since its inception in 2002 with the overarching goal of enhancing the economic success of Alabama communities as they strive to build […]

University of West Alabama


“The similar missions of UWA and ACE are geared toward positive, sustainable change through economic and community development.  UWA is actively vested and engaged in meeting the needs of stakeholders through effective service and outreach to enhance community relations.  Partnering with ACE is an excellent opportunity to increase the depth and breadth of economic, business, […]

United States Department of Agriculture-Rural Development (USDA)


Ms. Beverly Helton is the ACE representative for the USDA Rural Development – Alabama. USDA Rural Development is committed to helping improve the economy and quality of life in rural America. Through the USDA programs, rural Americans are helped in many ways. USDA Rural Development offers loans, grants and loan guarantees to support essential services […]