Sunday, May 3, 2015
Troy native Matt Pryor was born in 1960 and grew up during the City’s boom period. He attended the University of Michigan, earning a BS in Psychology. Following graduation, he established a landscaping and construction business.
Mr. Pryor became interested in local politics in the early 1990s and served on Troy City Council from 1993 until 1999. In 2001 he was elected the 7th Mayor of Troy and remained in that office until 2004.
During this period the City of Troy completed a number of important capital projects. Phase 1 of new police and fire training facilities were built, a new Fire Station 3 was constructed, and the driving range at Sanctuary Lake Golf Course was developed. In addition Phase 2 of the transformation of the old Troy High School into the Community Center was completed. The City also welcomed important corporations to Troy in the early 2000s including Altair Engineering and Automation Alley.
Mr. Pryor was defeated in his reelection bid by Louise Schilling. He and his wife still reside in Troy.
To commemorate the City of Troy’s 60th Anniversary in 2015, we will publish a different story each day that highlights a person, discovery, or event that occurred locally, regionally, nationally, or even globally between 1955 and 2015 and that helped shape our lives and our community. We will try to post stories on important anniversary dates, but we also realize that dates are less critical than content and context. We will include the facts related to controversial stories, allowing our readers to form their own opinions. We invite you to read and comment on the stories. Your suggestions for topics are also welcome and can be posted on our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/TroyHistoricVillage. You can also email stories or ideas to the 365 Story Editor at firstname.lastname@example.org