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Message from the Mayor

What Does #myOpelika Mean to Me?

If you are on social media, you may have noticed that people are using #myOpelika and #beOpelika in conversation. Several city entities are working together to promote our city by asking citizens to take pictures and comment on what Opelika means to them. I invite you to do the same.

Some of you may be asking, what is a hashtag? Simply put, a hashtag is the pound sign and is used in social media to draw attention, to organize and to promote. Hashtags make it easier for people to find, follow and contribute to a conversation in social media.

So, when someone asked me the other day what #myOpelika and #beOpelika meant to me, it only took me a moment to conjure up a few words that describe our amazing community.

Heritage: I’m proud to say that Opelika is rooted in a deep, rich heritage. From humble beginnings to vibrant cotton and textile industries to state-of-the-art automotive suppliers, national vitamin manufacturers and world class medical devices, we’ve seen Opelika flourish over the years! We’ve passed on fun traditions like the Rocky Brook Rocket to the next generation. And we’ve traded in our dirt roads and wooden plank streets for current day roundabouts and bike paths. Just look around and you can still see some of our past in our beautiful buildings and historic homes.

Future: Even though we believe in remembering our past, we are future focused! Through Opelika Power Services, our City offers 100% fiber network to the home and business – the first GIG city in Alabama. This technology infrastructure gives us a great advantage when recruiting industry, business and retail. The redevelopment of downtown attracts new commercial retailers and TigerTown continues to explode with growth. Our industrial parks promote job growth as businesses like Baxter expand and Golden State Food launch. Our high-tech school system offers our students the education, skills and resources needed to be prepared for a successful future.   

Faith: The people who call Opelika home are faithful, loyal servants…to God and to their fellowman. I see the outpouring of grace, acceptance and hope on a daily basis. Faith is a system of beliefs and the obligation of loyalty to a person, promise or engagement. I implore you to walk in your faith. Be true to yourself, your family and your friends. “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” –Hebrews 10:24-25

Caring and Generous: We have a caring and generous community – our citizens, employees and area agencies. I am humbled when I witness the deliverance of love and generosity. Our community is willing to give rather than receive. It makes me proud to watch our people devote their hearts and talents to better the lives of others. Caring for someone is easy, and it’s free. As the wise Winnie the Pooh once said, “Some people care too much. I think it’s called love.” Share a little love folks. You’ll be rewarded immeasurably!

I could go on and on about what Opelika means to me. My challenge to you today is to think about what Opelika means to you. Share it with us if you’d like. Enjoy your summer. And as always, if you need anything, feel free to call my office.


Warmest Regards,


Gary Fuller