Committees

A Better City’s committees are the place where our members have the opportunity to make the greatest contribution to the welfare and future of Boston.

A Better City Board of Directors

Board Chair:
Michael Cantalupa, Boston Properties, Inc.

Board members convene for quarterly meetings with key policy makers who lead discussions on major issues concerning the business community. These meetings focus on A Better City initiatives and priorities, paying particular attention to our core areas of focus.

2015 Speakers included:

  • Frank DePaola, General Manager, MBTA
  • Thomas Glynn, CEO, Massachusetts Port Authority
  • Brian Golden, Director, Boston Redevelopment Authority
  • Stanley Rosenberg, Massachusetts Senate President

TRANSPORTATION

Transportation & Construction Committee

Committee Chairs:
Chris Maher, Delaware North Companies, Inc.
Kelley Brown, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

This committee reviews and discusses transportation project designs and construction, traffic management, and construction mitigation plans with representatives of MassDOT, the cities of Boston and Cambridge, and their consultants and construction contractors. Throughout the year this committee monitors and reports on the implementation of plans.

Key projects and areas of focus for 2016:

  • Allston I-90 Interchange: planning, redesign and environmental studies
  • Reconstruction of the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge deck over the Turnpike Extension
  • Phase 2A of Commonwealth Avenue Reconstruction
  • Completion of the Longfellow Bridge Reconstruction

Transportation Finance & Policy Committee

Committee Chairs:
Larry DiCara, Nixon Peabody LLP
Douglas McGarrah, Foley Hoag LLP

This committee explores strategies to address the management and policy challenges and the finance gap confronting our transportation system.

Key projects and areas of focus for 2016:

  • Develop strategies and research to strengthen the region’s transit system
  • Prepare for the next set of transportation reforms and financial investments for the 2017 legislative session

LAND DEVELOPMENT

Greenway Abutters Committee

Committee Chair:
Sandra Lally, Oxford Properties Group

This committee convenes major member employers, businesses and property owners along the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Corridor to discuss issues related to the Greenway and other land development and transportation concerns along the corridor.

Key projects and areas of focus for 2016:

  • Discussions on the Greenway’s financial situation
  • Municipal Harbor Plan being led by the BRA
  • Discussion of transportation issues in the corridor
  • Recommendations of the South Boston Waterfront Transportation Plan

Land Development Committee

Committee Chair:
David Perry, Hines

This committee focuses on how development will impact regional transportation systems and works to identify new investments that will support continued growth.

Key projects and areas of focus for 2016:

  • Development activities in urban core
  • Transit Oriented Development
  • Smart Growth

South Boston Stakeholders

Committee Chairs:
Fred Peterson, Massachusetts Convention Center Authority
Rick Dimino, A Better City

This committee brings together major businesses of the South Boston area and the MCCA for quarterly discussions aimed at resolving issues of increased traffic, growing congestion and mobility issues created by continuing development in South Boston.

Key projects and areas of focus for 2016:

  • Implementation of the South Boston Waterfront Transportation Plan
  • Transportation and development projects impacting the area

ENVIRONMENT

Sustainability and Climate Change Committee

Committee Chairs:
Rick Matilla, Independent Consultant
Michael Mooney, Nutter, McClennen & Fish LLP

This committee convenes the commercial real estate sector and major employers to discuss issues and policies related to sustainability, energy efficiency, climate change, climate preparedness, and resiliency. This committee provides guidance on A Better City’s environmental programs, works with the Green Ribbon Commission, and advances the implementation of the City’s Climate Action Plan.

Key projects and areas of focus for 2016:

  • Climate preparedness and resiliency
  • Energy efficiency initiatives, energy supply and demand
  • Implementation of City of Boston Climate Action Plan
  • Green Ribbon Commission/Commercial Real Estate Working Group

ADDITIONAL COMMITTEES

Emerging Leaders Committee

This program is designed for young professionals from A Better City member companies, engaging them in programs related to transportation, land development and the environment. Program participants are nominated by their company and attend events featuring leading policy makers and experts from the business community. Events include speaker-oriented presentations, guided tours, and social events to encourage professional networking.