The leaders of Downtown Greensboro Inc. made a case for continued city funding before a critical City Council on Tuesday. DGI gave a budget presentation at the council's work session.


Confidence in DGI has dwindled, as a search continues for its third chief executive officer in two years.

The News and Record reports that the embattled nonprofit organization, which promotes downtown and works to attract development there, faced tough questions from the City Council.

Interim DGI leader Cyndy Hayworth highlighted specific recent accomplishments, such as the group's involvement with First Fridays, City Market, and the upcoming National Folk Festival.

Hayworth also pointed to DGI being “a catalyst in the Union Square Campus development."

But some council members disputed Hayworth's assertions, and argued that the city has had to take over some of DGI's responsibilities, including downtown cleanup.

The council also questioned DGI's claim that it had helped create 300 jobs in the area.

The organization currently operates on a nearly $1 million budget, allocated through the city and Guilford County. 

Discussion of DGI's funding are expected to continue as the city crafts its 2015-2016 budget.



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