The DDA/Main Street announced the hiring of their new Executive Director, Vicki Dugger.
The Cheyenne Downtown Development Authority/Main Street announced Friday the fulfillment of their Executive Director position. They hired Vicki Dugger who comes with over 15 years of varied experience “…in downtown development, revitalization, community development, and planning” according to the news release. Dugger previously managed several Main Streets, including that of a statewide program in the Northwest region of the United States.
She emphasizes collaboration and partnerships as essential ingredients to move tough economic development pieces forward. With an affinity for downtown development, Ms. Dugger states, “Downtown development work has always been very important to me as I believe it has the power to positively impact a community and its residents for generations.”
Dugger will be taking this position after it being vacant for over a year. Desiree Brothe was the interim Executive Director throughout that time. She follows Amy Surdam who served as the Executive Director and resigned from the position because of the reason below stated from her online blog:
“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.” LINK
Dugger’s first day will be on March 1st. Currently the DDA/Mainstreet is under the leadership of Board of Directors Chairman, Sam Galeotos. Shared during a recent evening session to stakeholders Galeotos expressed his excitement regarding the plans ahead for downtown improvements. He addressed their findings for a strategic plan and the question moving forward will be if Dugger will fully embrace the initiatives put forward.