ACE presented Project of the Year awards to two of its member communities.
Through its revenue return program, ACE returns funds to its 75 Nebraska member communities. These funds are used by each community for various community betterment projects. Earlier in 2020, ACE returned $400,000 to its Nebraska member communities. Since forming in 1998, ACE has returned nearly $2.8 million to its Nebraska member communities.
Communities submitted project nominations and winners were determined through voting on ACE’s Facebook page. The awards were presented in two community population categories: Under 2,000 and more than 2,000. The following projects were awarded a plaque and $200 to be used toward future community betterment projects:
Ord, Neb., Anderson Island Picnic Shelter Project (pop. more than 2,000)
The City used its ACE funds to install a picnic shelter and table at Anderson Island, located on a City park next to the North Loup River. The site, which provides access to the river, is widely used by Ord residents as well as people that use the river for kayaking, canoeing and tubing. The new shelter was completed for the 2019 recreation season and is a popular area for the community.
Sherman County (Loup City, Neb.) Senior Center Upgrades Project (pop. less than 2,000)
The City recently used its ACE funds to make much needed upgrades to its local Sherman County Senior Center. The upgrades included installing new dining room flooring and kitchen countertops, which allows the center to continue to serve the community by providing meals to local senior citizens as well as a gathering place for the whole community.
Nebraska communities formed ACE for the primary purpose of providing competitively priced natural gas while retaining local control and keeping more revenue in Nebraska’s ACE member communities. The Nebraska Choice Gas program 2020 selection period was April 10-23.