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 $74,000 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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"On top of providing revenue back to our City ACE also offers local groups the opportunity to participate in community clean-up events, which benefits our community and provides funds for local groups."
Tricia Allen
City Clerk, Blue Hill, Neb.
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"The distribution of ACE funds back to the Gordon community have assisted with a skate park, needed repairs at the community swimming pool and equipment for our police department."
Glen Spaugh
City Manager, Gordon, Neb.
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“Our community has used funds from ACE’s revenue return program for many projects, including assisting with umpire fees for the summer ball program, general park improvements, signage for Mill Race Park and Blue Bird Trail, and upgrading the camper sites at Mill Race Park.”
Shelly Wieneke
Deputy Clerk, Atkinson, Neb.
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