Joanne M. Mahoney County Executive Stephanie A. Miner Mayor Joan McDonald Commissioner
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 14, 2014
MAHONEY: Ben Dublin MINER: Alexander Marion
Chief of Staff, 315-435-3516 Press Secretary, 315-448-8044
COUNTY EXECUTIVE MAHONEY, MAYOR MINER AND NYSDOT COMMISSIONER JOAN MCDONALD LAUNCH I-81 SPEAKER SERIES
Professor Virginia Greiman, Author of “Mega Project Management” and Former Director of Risk Management for Boston’s Big Dig Project, Will Serve As Series First Speaker
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – County Executive Joanie Mahoney, Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner and New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Commissioner Joan McDonald today released details for the first in a series of public lectures that the three officials have agreed to co-sponsor throughout the spring and summer of 2014.
The speaker series will serve as a complementary, parallel discussion to the Federal Highway Administration and NYSDOT’s ongoing I-81 Opportunities environmental review process, by bringing to Syracuse renowned planning professionals, municipal leaders and community development experts to share their experiences and expertise with community stakeholders and interested residents.
―We are very pleased to announce today that Professor Virginia Greiman, a veteran of Boston’s Big Dig project and a leader in the field of project management, has agreed to be our first speaker in this series of public lectures,‖ said
County Executive Mahoney
. ―Our community can learn a great deal from simply listening to others who have struggled with and overcome similar challenges that we now face. I look forward to welcoming Professor Greiman to Onondaga County and learning from her all that we can to help inform our own decision-making process,‖ Mahoney continued.
―Determining what to do with Route 81 will be one of the most significant planning decisions for Syracuse of the next half-century,‖ said
. ―It is imperative that citizens in our community have as much in-depth information and perspective as possible when considering the sort of future they want for our city. Hearing from experts like Professor Greiman helps illuminate important facts and issues and elevates the local dialogue. Decisions of this magnitude should be made with sound data and reasoned discussion.‖
―The New York State Department of Transportation is pleased to co-sponsor this lecture series with Onondaga County and the City of Syracuse, helping to provide the local community with additional opportunities to learn about the possibilities for improving I-81 in Syracuse,‖
said. ―Thanks to County Executive Joanie Mahoney and Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, this informative series will help broaden the
context for the community-wide discussion about this important highway, the regional economy and the quality of life in Central New York.‖
Professor Greiman holds academic appointments at Boston University, Harvard University Law School, and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and is a recognized expert and scholar on megaprojects, project complexity and governance, public private partnerships, cyber security and international law and development. She has published extensively on megaprojects and project management and is the author of the definitive book on America’s largest megaproject,
Megaproject Management: Lessons on Risk and Project Management from the Big Dig
. She has held executive and advisory positions with several of the world’s largest megaprojects in the United States, Europe, Canada, Africa and Southeast Asia.
Professor Greiman reveals in Megaproject Management the numerous risks, challenges, and accomplishments of the most complex urban infrastructure project in the history of the United States. Drawing on personal experience and interviews with project engineers, executive oversight commission officials, and core managers, Professor Greiman describes the realities of day-to-day management of the project from a project manager’s perspective. The book, published in 2013, incorporates both theory and practice and is highly recommended to policymakers, academics, and project management practitioners.
In her remarks Professor Greiman will help to define megaproject characteristics and frameworks, as well as review the Big Dig’s history, stakeholders, and governance with a focus on examining the project’s management scope, scheduling, and cost management—including the management of project delays and cost overruns.
Professor Greiman will deliver her remarks at 6 p.m. on Wednesday April 2, 2014 at the Carrier Theater at the Onondaga County Civic Center. Dates and times for future speakers will be announced at a later time.