Amy Surdam to resign as executive director of Downtown Development Authority

Cheyenne, Wyo. - In a letter to the DDA Board of Directors sent out Thursday afternoon, Amy Surdam has announced that she will be resigning as executive director of the Cheyenne Downtown Development Authority effective January 15th, 2017.

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This comes a month after losing a bid to Marian Orr for mayor of Cheyenne. Surdam also stepped down as president of the board of the Children's Museum of Cheyenne back in August.

Thursday's release reads:

My last official day at the DDA will be January 15th, 2017.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve as the Executive Director of the DDA. It has truly been a wonderful experience and I am so proud of all the work we have accomplished and how far our organization and the downtown has grown in the time that I have been here.

Just in the last year alone we have conceived, designed and/or implemented numerous projects, programs and plans including the core team/plan, the Re Ride Bike Share Program, Cheyenne Creative, The Depot Ice Rink, design for a water feature, design for alley modernization, the 17th street lighting construction, and the grocery co-op. We have continued and strengthened work such as the FIP Program, microloan program and Adopt a Block.

Our board welcomed many new members and we implemented strategic planning sessions and plans, financial policies and ways to reduce expenses, all to help make our organization a more strategic collaborative and efficient team.

I've had the pleasure of getting to know many developers, business owners and entrepreneurs. I have loved connecting people and being a catalyst for projects and the success of others.

With our strong Board of Directors and the talent and drive of Desiree and Andy, I am confident that the organization and downtown will continue to move forward.

I look forward to contributing to society and our downtown in other ways.

Amy Surdam