City and DAI moves forward after Dailey resignation

Published: Jan. 27, 2016 at 3:23 AM CST
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AMARILLO, TX -  Despite the resignation of the executive director of Downtown Amarillo Inc., Melissa Dailey, the organization and city officials say Downtown Amarillo still has a bright future.

"We want to sit down and talk to all of our downtown partners and hear from them in terms of what they believe is important in order for us to address as we have moved into this new phase of downtown redevelopment," said Interim City Manager Terry Childers.

Dailey's resignation didn't really come as a shock for DAI and some city officials. Childers and other city officials say he resignation will not have any affect on the city and they will not be involved in finding a replacement.

"I know we've brought us a lot ideas, and we're happy with the direction that we're going," said council member Randy Burkett. "DAI has a vision of downtown and maybe they'll bring us some ideas but whether the organization comes to an end or not, time will tell."

DAI hopes to get past some of the obstacles the group has faced, like the amount of funding the city will grant them, and push hard to improve Downtown Amarillo. Chair for DAI John Lutz says the organization is thankful for all Dailey did during her tenure.

"Melissa's work was a part of that plan, it was an important part of that plan, and she was successful," said Lutz. "Our downtown efforts now are much larger than one person. We have a number of different people, we have a number of different partners, we have a number of different stakeholders all working for downtown, and ultimately that's a great success for our city."

The DAI projects Dailey played a major role in will continue as scheduled. The Embassy Suites Hotel and the multi-story parking garage, both of which recently broke ground, are expected to be completed by summer of next year.

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