SDRA’s Lise Sundrla Ends Tenure as Executive Director

Lise Sundrla has stepped down as Executive Director of the Savannah Development and Renewal Authority (SDRA) to pursue other career goals. She joined SDRA in September 1999, when the primary focus for the program was revitalization of Broughton Street. The program’s focus has since expanded to include MLK, Jr. Blvd. and Montgomery Street down to 52nd Street as well as the Greater Downtown business district.

“Downtown Savannah and the MLK, Jr. Blvd./Montgomery Street Corridors experienced a renaissance during the past decade resulting in the generation of more than $530 million in property investment, 330 net new businesses and more than 1600 net new jobs,” said Philip Cooper, chairman of the authority’s board of directors. “Lise has been instrumental in overseeing this Growth. We and the city of Savannah are truly grateful for all of her dedicated work,” he added.

SDRA has been recognized statewide, nationally and internationally as a model program of best practices for downtown and community revitalization and redevelopment winning 16 awards for innovative and effective planning processes, design programs, marketing and neighborhood mitigation. The organization is a Board driven entity that operates in collaboration with and support of the City of Savannah.

“We will continue to function as normal during the transition period and will stay focused on our mission to lead a coordinated strategy of economic development and civic design to strengthen Greater Downtown Savannah,” said Chairman Cooper.

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