Though she was only in the job a year and a half, Surdam helped shape the downtown improvement organization into a much more vital group. Instead of sitting on the sidelines and wringing its hands about why people don’t come downtown, the DDA has started new initiatives under Surdam’s leadership that have produced real results – from adopt-a-block cleanup efforts to a bike sharing program to façade improvement and microloan programs.
In announcing her imminent departure, Surdam cited “philosophical differences” between her and Mayor-elect Marian Orr – her opponent in this year’s mayoral race. We’re sorry to see the outcome of that campaign negatively impact the real, tangible efforts that have been made to improve Cheyenne’s downtown. And we encourage Orr and the City Council to do all they can to support the DDA and Surdam’s successor.
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