Policy Talk: The Next Big Investment
It’s time to move beyond the Big Dig hangover and discuss the infrastructure needed for a 21st-century economy. What did we learn from the $24.3 billion spent on the Big Dig? How should we think about investments and the design of our cities in the context of climate change, a housing shortage, and autonomous vehicles? What should be our next big public investment? Hear what our Policy Tank has to say.
Larry DiCara, Partner, Nixon Peabody
Larry DiCara is among Boston’s most recognized attorneys and civic leaders. A frequent speaker at colleges, universities and other venues, as well as a regular go-to source in Boston media, Larry has taught at Harvard, Boston University and the University of Massachusetts.Larry practices real estate and administrative law and has been intimately involved with the development process in and around Boston for more than 40 years. He represents owners and developers before the Boston Redevelopment Authority and most every other city and state agency in the Commonwealth.
Richard Dimino, CEO, A Better City
Richard Dimino has served as President and CEO of A Better City (ABC) since 1995. Under his leadership, ABC’s major accomplishments have included keeping Boston open for business during construction of one of the country’s most complex highway projects, the Central Artery/Tunnel Project. Additionally, he influenced the planning, design and development of a 27-acre corridor along Boston’s waterfront. Through Mr. Dimino’s guidance, ABC launched its Sustainable Buildings Initiative and played a key role in shaping Massachusetts’ Transportation Reform Legislation, which led to the launch of the new Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT). Mr. Dimino was previously Boston’s Commissioner of Transportation, overseeing a 400-plus member department that developed and implemented all transportation policies and projects for the city. Mr. Dimino was Chairman of Boston’s Central Artery/Tunnel Project Interagency Committee and a member of the Executive Committee of the MBTA Advisory Board. Prior to A Better City, Mr. Dimino served as Vice President and Deputy Manager of Stone & Webster Engineering Corporation’s Transportation Business Sector.
Jim Grossmann, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer – Northeast Region, Suffolk
Jim is responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations in support of Suffolk’s mission and vision, and enhancing internal organizational processes and infrastructure in the Northeast headquarters to ensure continuous growth. He is also responsible for managing work acquisition, client relationships and projects for Suffolk’s commercial and government projects.
Jim has more than 25 years of experience in the construction industry and is responsible for managing some of the most complex and innovative projects in the City of Boston. Jim has also spearheaded committees and working groups responsible for introducing some of the industry’s most innovative practices to the Suffolk organization, most notably Lean Construction. Jim has led the construction of Boston’s most luxurious address, the Mandarin Oriental Boston Hotel and Residences, a two-tower, 14-story luxury hotel and residential complex. Other notable Boston-based projects that Jim has managed include the Wynn Boston Harbor resort, Manulife U.S. Headquarters, One Channel Center, One Greenway, and Troy Boston project, among others.
Nancy Ludwig, President, Icon Architecture
Nancy Ludwig, FAIA, LEED AP is the President of ICON Architecture, a 50-person Boston-based, women-owned firm. Her work focuses on sustainable urban projects that create new paradigms for city living, and range from transit-oriented development to innovative adaptive reuse, and from low-rise to high-rise construction. She has contributed to the design and construction of over 15,000 housing units throughout New England, with 2,000 currently under design or in construction this year, including Modular and Passive House designs. Her projects have been case studies for nationally distributed books on sustainable housing, published by the ULI, Harvard University Press, and Global Green, and honored by multiple national awards. Nancy sits on the Boston ULI Advisory Board, is a former co-chair of the Housing and Economic Development Product Council, is a member of the Boston Society of Architects, and is an active board member of Homestart, a non-profit seeking to prevent homelessness in Greater Boston.
Moderator: Manikka Bowman, Director of Policy and Outreach, ULI Boston/New England
Manikka leads the District Council in policy and content management and connects members to ULI’s national initiatives. Manikka also serves as an elected official on the Cambridge School Committee. In this role, she serves on Buildings and Grounds Committee where she leads the school district in the management of 1.6 million square feet of educational facilities and leads ongoing conversations about current and future development and renovation projects.
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