Alabama Communities of Excellence


Montevallo is proud to be designated as an ACE Community - one of Alabama's Communities of Excellence.

What is ACE?

Partners working together to provide Alabama communities with the community development programs and tools needed to ensure their long term success.

What We Do:

Providing technical assistance to select communities in order to strengthen their long-term economic success ACE’s comprehensive three-phase approach targets communities with populations ranging from 2,000 to 18,000. Using a competitive application process, communities are selected based on the level of local commitment to the ACE program and the community’s capacity to support the ACE program.

​​​Phase I: Assessment An ACE Team of experts across a range of topics visits the community, and based on their observations develops a comprehensive “report card” detailing community assets and recommending possible strategies.

Phase II: Leadership Development and Strategic Planning With guidance from a skilled ACE facilitator, the community develops a strategic plan, including formal vision and mission statements and goals and actions items for implementing the strategies. Phase II also includes establishment of an ongoing Leadership Development Program.

Phase III: Implementation and Comprehensive Planning During Phase III, the community begins implementation of the strategic plan created during Phase II, and initiates work on a comprehensive plan that will be a long-term guide for development of infrastructure and community facilities.

Graduation Upon successful completion of all three phases, communities are designated an Alabama Community of Excellence. Graduating communities are recognized at the Alabama League of Municipalities annual convention.


ACE 2016 Star Awards Announced

The Alabama Communities of Excellence (ACE) presented the 2016 ACE Star Awards at the Alabama Communities of Excellence (ACE) Annual Community Reunion June 17th in Clanton, Alabama at the Alabama Power Company – Clanton Conference Center. The ACE Star Awards recognizes individuals who have performed above and beyond the call of duty and embody the principles of the ACE Program, a comprehensive development program designed to assist Alabama’s smaller communities in their efforts to plan, grow and prosper.

​ The 2016 ACE Star Award recipients included Montevallo's City Clerk & Treasurer, Herman Lehman, as Outstanding ACE Local Coordinator.

2014 ACE Workshop Participants