Earlier this month, the Alabama Communities of Excellence (ACE) announced the six cities chosen to participate in their program. Oneonta was among those picked along with Abbeville, Geneva, Jasper, Red Bay, and Spanish Fort.
The process includes three phases. Phase I, also known as the assessment phase, includes a comprehensive report card detailing community assets and weaknesses, according to an ACE press release.
A leadership development program will be established during Phase II, the leadership development and strategic planning segment. This program will also include an up-to-date strategic plan and identification of a local nonprofit development organization.
The final phase, which includes implementation and comprehensive planning, will address issues such as commercial business development, education enhancement, infrastructure, health and human services, retiree attraction tourism, economic development, and quality of life.
Oneonta was chosen for this program due to two main criteria including the level of local commitment to the ACE program and the community’s capacity to support the ACE program, including the ability to develop and implement their strategic planning process.