Mayor Gillespie's Thanksgiving Message

November 22, 2017

Dear Friends, Fellow Employees and Partners of Prattville,

Thanksgiving is a special time of year to reflect on our hometown. We are blessed to have the feel of Small Town America, yet we also have the luxury of many amenities that enable and enhance our ever evolving community. We are a very patriotic community that continues to love our God, Country, and the American way of life. While we may not have the skyscrapers of the larger cities in the State of Alabama, we have some of the very best people in the nation. The young and the young at heart citizens of Prattville continue to make us The Preferred Fountain City.

We are a community known for roots that run deep. I think our founder, Daniel Pratt, would be very proud of where we are today carrying on his legacy. He paved the way for Prattville to be known as “The Birthplace of Industry in Alabama.” As you travel throughout the city, you can see that our connections from farming to manufacturing are widespread, and we are known as a safe shopping destination. As you are out and about this Holiday Season, please remember to thank our local businesses for their continued investment and community support as Partners of Prattville. As we reflect over the last year, we have truly been blessed with projects that will continue to enhance the future of Prattville and keep Pratt’s vision alive and well.

Our success this year and over past years is due in part to our citizens as well as our dedicated employees. One person cannot do everything, but he or she can make a difference. I have seen our City come together in a time of need on numerous occasions, no matter what, when, or where. This type of quality in our citizens and employees is what makes our hometown special. I am very grateful for an exceptional workforce and the service it provides to our community. As I reflect on Thanksgiving this year, I would like to thank everyone that loves this community as much as myself.

I want to personally thank everyone who will work over the holidays: First Responders, our Public Works Division Clean City Professionals and Clean Water Professionals, Medical Professionals, and everyone who helps improve our quality of life. I would also like to thank our military service members on duty at home and abroad. As each of you work over the holidays, I hope you know your dedication and commitment to your profession and/or country do not go unnoticed. Thank you!

As Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, I want to take this opportunity to say “thank you.” Thank you for the prayers, friendship, support, recommendations, constructive criticism, and honesty. Let’s keep our Faith, Family, and Friends at the forefront, and may we all lean on each other, pray for each other, and lift up those who need it most this Holiday Season.

Your public servant and friend,


Bill Gillespie, Jr.

P.S. The Christmas Tree Lighting event starts at 5:30 p.m. on November 28th down by the spillway on Court Street. The countdown to light the tree will begin at 7:00 p.m. Santa will visit from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. The Christmas Parade is December 1st at 7:00 p.m.