Alliance, Sidney using ACE funds for playground projects

The cities of Alliance and Sidney, Neb., are using funding from ACE’s (Public Alliance for Community Energy) revenue return to help fund playground projects in their communities.

Alliance will use its ACE funds for an after-school playground project at the Alliance Recreation Center. Sidney is using $40,000 of its ACE funds for a new playground in Legion Park.

Alliance’s playground project is expected to be installed this summer and will be accessible for all community children and families.

Sidney has used its ACE funds for park-related projects in the past, including installing new lights at the softball fields in Legion Park.

The ACE revenue return program provides funds to its 75 ACE member communities. Through the years, more than $3.2 million has been returned to Nebraska ACE member communities and has been used for a wide range of projects such as park improvements, swimming pool and playground equipment, public transportation, recreational trails and community infrastructure projects.

The ACE Board of Directors approved a $400,000 revenue distribution to be allocated among ACE member communities earlier this year. Alliance received more than $27,000 of that distribution and has received more than $238,000 overall since ACE formed in 1998. Sidney received more than $31,000 this year and more than $226,000 overall.

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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