ACE presents 2020 Project of the Year awards

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.

The Voice of Choice

“ACE has returned more than $63,000 to the City of Neligh through its revenue return program. We’ve always used our ACE funds for community improvement projects such as a county-wide alert system, playground equipment and other park improvements.”
Dale Wilkinson
Neligh, Neb.
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"ACE has always emphasized the importance of having competition and of driving the price down for the benefit of Choice Gas customers. ACE also does a great job of serving as an advocate for customers -- that's something that I emphasize a great deal with our local customers."
Randy Horst
Gurley, Neb.
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"Oshkosh is proud to say we have been a member of ACE for more than 20 years! Some of our ACE revenue checks have been used for our new swimming pool, a batting cage for the baseball field and park shade structures. This is noticeable evidence for years to come of how Oshkosh residents will benefit...
LeAnn Brown
Oshkosh, Neb.
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