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:

 

Christopher Cook: Chief of Environment. Energy, and Open Space, City of Boston

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

Tom Glynn: CEO, Massport

Alden Raine, PhD: National Practice Leader, Transit-Oriented Development, AECOM & Toni Horst, PhD: National Practice Leader, Transportation Economics, AECOM

Carly Foster: Principal Planner 

Erika Spanger-Siegfried: Senior Climate Analyst, Union of Concerned Scientists 

Sheila Dillon: Chief of Housing and Director of Neighborhood Development - City of Boston 
Brian Shortsleeve:
Chief Administrator & Acting General Manager of the MBTA
Sara Myerson
: Director of Planning, Boston Planning & Development Agency
Chris Osgood: Chief of Streets & Gina Fiandaca: Commissioner of Transportation - City of Boston
Maura Healey: Attorney General & Matthew Beaton: Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Robert DeLeo: Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
John Barros: Chief of Economic Development, City of Boston

MEMBER ENGAGEMENT EVENTS

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

Past Events:

Transportation & Infrastructure: Reimaging Our Commuter Rail 
Land Use & Development: The Impact of Driverless Technology in Land Development    
Energy & Environment: Keeping Businesses Powered and Profitable During and After a Natural Disaster 

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.

Sustainable Building Initiative
Provides commercial real estate owners and tenants in the Greater Boston region with tools, resources, and learning opportunities to help them reduce the greenhouse gas emissions and increase the climate resilience of their buildings.

Advisory Committees

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

Transportation & Infrastructure: Kathryn Carlson, Director of Transportation
Land Use & Development: Irene Figueroa Ortiz, Assistant Planning Director 
Energy & Environment: Yve Torrie, Director of Energy & Environment Policy 

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 2019 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.