Rebuilding DAI adds board members

Rebuilding DAI adds board members

AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - Downtown Amarillo Inc. announced today it has added 10 board members as the group continues to remake itself.

The group navigated with others like the Local Government Corp through challenges to get the catalyst projects of a parking garage with retail space and the convention hotel under construction. DAI also oversaw numerous studies on how to address downtown issues like traffic flow and appearance, but its recent passed has been a bit bumpy.

"It's been a fantastic process for us, in terms of reaching out to various civic leaders and property owners and putting together a larger group of people who I think have tremendous interest in Amarillo and have tremendous interest in downtown," said DAI Board President John Lutz.

First its executive director, Melissa Dailey resigned in January while under fire from some City Council members and others. Later that month, the group opted to part ways with the city which provided DAI with the majority of its funding. Councilman Randy Burkett headed the effort to cut that funding completely or in part while councilmen Elisha Demerson and Mark Nair also raised questions.

"Through internal efforts, we've been able to put ourselves in a good financial position," said Lutz.

The recent focus has been on getting organized as a private entity that still has the interests of the public in mind.

"As we come to some projects, it may necessitate further funding," Lutz said.

The new board members are Bill Gilliland, Jason Herrick, City Councilman Mark Nair, Ron Boyd, Steve Dalrymple, David Hudson, Jerry Hodge, Richard Brown, Stacy Sharp, Kevin Nelson and Interim City Manager Terry Childers.

They join board members Lutz, Freda Powell, Dr. Howard Batson, Jim J. Brewer, Michele Sibley, Paul Matney, Richard Ware, Sam Lovelady, Scott Bentley and Tonya Milam.

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