Member Engagement

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

 

Focus Areas

TRANSPORTATION & Infrastructure 

Well-managed and funded regional transportation infrastructure is critical to economic vitality and growth. It is a top criteria considered when businesses and skilled workers make location decisions. 

land use & development 

Strategies for land development, zoning, access, environmental regulations, and transit-oriented development are critical components of an integrated, effective approach to regional growth. 

energy & environment

A clean, reliable, and affordable energy supply is essential for long-term economic growth. Mitigating climate change and incorporating resilience into decision-making ensures lasting and competitive investments.

ways to engage

Board of Directors Meetings

Board members convene for quarterly meetings with key policymakers 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.

Past speakers included:

Mayor Kim Janey: City of Boston

Former Mayor Marty Walsh: City of Boston 

Attorney General Maura Healey: The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Stephanie Pollack: Former Secretary and CEO, Massachusetts Department of Transportation

Steve Poftak:  General Manager, MBTA
Kathleen A. Theoharides: Secretary, Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
David Gibbons: Executive Director, MCCA
Lisa Wieland: CEO, Massachusetts Port Authority 
Steve Poftak: General Manager, MBTA 
Senate President Karen Spilka: SenatorCommonwealth of Massachusetts
Christopher Cook: Chief of Environment. Energy, and Open Space, City of Boston
Daniel Sieger: Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs
Cutler Cleveland: Professor of Earth & Environment, Boston University 
Rebecca Hatchadorian: Associate, Arup 
Mia Goldwasser: Climate Ready Boston Program Manager, City of Boston 
Jonathan Gulliver: Administrator of Highway Division, MassDOT
Joe Aiello: Chair of the Fiscal and Management Control Board of the MBTA

 

MEMBER ENGAGEMENT EVENTS

Attend member-only topic-focused briefings to highlight major initiatives, policies, and innovations paired with an exclusive member-only Q&A.

WORKING GROUPS

Collaborate with a small group of members to provide feedback and devise innovative solutions.

Seaport Leadership Group
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.

Advisory Committees

Advise, shape, and engage in developing the work plan and policy priorities for each focus area.

Transportation & Infrastructure: Tom Nally, Senior Advisor
Transportation Dividend Implementation Plan Advisory Committee: Caitlin Allen-Connelly, Project Director 

Land Use & Development: Tom Nally, Senior Advisor & Michelle Moon, Project Manager

Energy & Environment: Yve Torrie, Director of Climate, Energy & Resilience

Emerging Leaders

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 policymakers and experts from the business community. Events include speaker-oriented presentations, guided tours, and social events to encourage professional networking. 

View our Emerging Leaders Brochure for more information. 

DIRECT SERVICE PROGRAMS

Transportation Management Associations

Promote commuter programs and services, develop commuter mobility strategies, and encourage sustainable transportation solutions to improve air quality and traffic in the Greater Boston region.

GREENWAY BID

A Better City led a robust process to develop a detailed plan for the Greenway BID, including boundary lines, a management plan, and a formula for individual contributions. Following the establishment of the Greenway BID, A Better City continues to play a central role in BID operations and acts as a point of contact for abutters, the Greenway Conservancy, and other public and private partners.