TUSKEGEE, AL (WSFA) - There is lots of progress happening in Tuskegee with several projects taking shape. Mayor Tony Haygood said right now they are focused on keeping that momentum and looking forward to a monumental year for the city.
Haygood is optimistic as he heads into his third year in office.
“2018 was a challenging year. Challenging in the sense we were still competing for the T-100 contract and it took a lot of energy and time. On the other hand, it was rewarding because of the experience that we went through and the partnerships we formed," said Haygood.
Despite not winning T-100 contract Haygood said they made some major moves.
“I would think the biggest achievement during 2018 was the fact that we kept moving while we had a major effort going on around the T-100 project. We were still accomplishing a number of other things in the community,” said Haygood.
One of those projects moving forward is right off Exit 38.
“We have the infrastructure in. Within three or four weeks we should see a facility coming out of the ground there, which is a new restaurant at Exit 38,” he said.
Another project nearing completion is at the historic Moton Field.
“This is the first time this town will ever have a major terminal building. It is about 75 percent or 80 percent complete," said Haygood. “It makes a difference when you see the energy of the people is up because they see things happening.”
Haygood said another bright spot has been the strengthening of the city’s relationship with Tuskegee University.
“We are in partnership with them for workforce training around construction to work on abandoned houses with the School of Architecture,” said Haygood.
With the new year in full swing, the goal is to continue to build up the community and the people who call it home.
“The greatest thing I see in 2019 is people getting involved, putting in their ideas and energy, and then dollars coming in from the outside,” he said.
Haygood said some other major achievements for the city in 2018 included the opening of a $3.5 million health facility, an ordinance passing to provide all Tuskegee police officers with body cameras, and purchasing two new fire trucks for the fire department.