In 2019, Mayor Jayme Stayton used the words “bigger” and “growth” to describe his goals for the city, particularly for events and other items of business that began in 2018.
“The first year of me being mayor was learning, trying to figure out what was the best way to approach things and how to get things here, how to reach out to people and speak with them and get them to understand and see the vision that I see,” he said. “A lot of the citizens of Daleville have the same vision.”
He said that, though he continued learning in 2018, he was able to see some of his “vision” come to life.
“In 2018, once I learned (the systems in place), we started having these events,” he said. “Of course, the first one is always the hardest. So, in 2019, this is just going to come naturally. Every event that we have is going to run smoothly and be more relaxing than worrying.
“In 2019, it will be good to see some growth.”
The Daleville Family Fun Fest, which was a first-time event last year, is expected to be even bigger this year, according to Stayton.
“This Daleville Family Fun Fest is going to be bigger because we’re going to have concerts,” Stayton said. “In January, we’re going to start kicking it off and really advertise for Daleville.”
He said the event will also offer event-goers bigger rides and more to do for a range of ages, including younger children.
Another first-time event, the Fall Festival, brought businesses, churches and other organizations together to provide games and treats for families.
Stayton said planners for the fall festival are already planning to make this event bigger as well.
“It was great,” he said. “We had a good turnout there, so they’ve already decided that they’re going to have more stuff, so that will make that event bigger.”
The Inter-Tribal Native American Pow Wow returned to Daleville after a several-year absence. Stayton said this event will also come back bigger and better.
“It’s going to be bigger than it was,” he said, stating the event offers visitors a unique experience. “What’s good about the Pow Wow and what people need to understand is, there are no Native American restaurants. When are you going to get to try actual, handmade Native American food, unless you go to a reservation somewhere? This is your chance to come out and try it.
“It’s a chance for (people) to come out and try some different culture.”
Though it was held in April 2018, it will return to the City of Daleville in November for National Native American Heritage Month.
Two annual city events already saw growth in 2018: Spartan Fest and the city’s annual Christmas Parade.
“It’s always good,” Stayton said of Spartan Fest. “(Last year), we did a tournament. It’s going to be a little bit different this year; it’s going to be bigger. Not too much bigger, but it’s going to be great.”
He also predicts this Christmas parade will grow even more in 2019.
In addition to growth for events and entertainment opportunities for citizens, Stayton said he hopes to see growth in economic development for the city.
“There are businesses that have their eye on Daleville that I feel that (they could come) in 2019,” he said. “You never want to say something is going to happen and it doesn’t happen, but they are looking our way.”
He also said he is continuing to work on bringing an industry to the city.
“I’m still working hard on industry,” he said. “I want jobs here. I want something like the old Tri-Glass to come back.”
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