Fireside Chat | Kamingespräch with Rick Dimino, CEO of A Better City

Thursday, Nov 7, 2019

Realizing An Urban Renaissance:
Lessons Learned From Boston’s Big Dig And What is in the Future

Speaker: Rick Dimino, President and CEO of A Better City

The Central Artery Tunnel Project, also known as “The Big Dig”, buried Boston’s elevated and highly congested I-93 Central Artery in a tunnel and created the much hailed Greenway on top. It has also spurred an unprecedented development boom in Boston. Rick Dimino, who was previously Boston’s transportation commissioner and has served as the President of CEO of A Better City since 1995, is one of the region’s leading transportation and transit experts. Hear him recount how this massive infrastructure project came about and what kind of future “big picture thinking” in terms of transit and transportation he may envision for Boston.

About Rick Dimino:

Richard A. Dimino has served as the President and CEO of A Better City since 1995. Under his leadership, A Better City has achieved major organizational accomplishments and influenced a wide range of city and regional infrastructure projects. He significantly impacted the planning, design, and development of a twenty-seven-acre corridor along Boston’s waterfront, and through his advocacy of Massachusetts’ Transportation Reform Legislation, the new Massachusetts Department of Transportation was formed. Within the organization, Mr. Dimino successfully launched the Sustainability and Climate Change Initiative and received numerous awards, including the Move Massachusetts Construction Achievement Award, the Boston Harbor Islands Governor’s Award, and the Environmental Business Council of New England’s Environmental-Energy Merit Award.

Prior to leading A Better City, Mr. Dimino served the City of Boston as Commissioner of Transportation from 1985-1993, where he oversaw a staff of 400, represented the City on MBTA advisory boards and committees, and developed all related infrastructure projects and policies. Mr. Dimino then held a position as Vice President and Deputy Manager of Stone & Webster Engineering Corporation’s Transportation Business Sector. He has also advised transportation projects in St. Louis, New York City, Belfast, and New South Wales.

Throughout his career and tenure as Commissioner, Mr. Dimino published a number of articles detailing the city’s transportation network, including A Successful Traffic Relief Program for the Institute of Transportation Engineers Journal and Transportation for Boston: A Framework for Improved Access. He has lectured on transportation and project management at Harvard University and Boston University, and his accomplishments earned him the 1988 Engineer of the Year Award from the New England Chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers.

Mr. Dimino received his Master’s in Business Administration from Boston University in 1994 and is a 1978 Magna Cum Laude graduate of Northeastern University. In 1991, he completed a Loeb Fellowship in urban policy and transportation planning at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. Mr. Dimino currently serves as a Board Member of the Boston Society of Architects and Foundation, President Emeritus of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, Executive Committee Member of the Freedom Trail Foundation, Chair Person of the Mayor’s Northern Avenue Bridge Advisory Task Force Committee, and Board Member and Facilities Committee Chairman of the Boston Children’s Museum.

About A Better City:

A Better City is a diverse group of business leaders united around a common goal — to enhance Boston and the region’s economic health, competitiveness, vibrancy, sustainability and quality of life.

With 130 member companies across multiple sectors, A Better City operates between the private and public sectors using technical expertise and research capabilities to shape key policies, projects and initiatives.

By amplifying the voice of the business community through collaboration and consensus across a broad range of stakeholders, A Better City develops solutions and influences policy in three critical areas central to the Boston region’s economic competitiveness and growth — transportation and infrastructure, land use and development, and environment and energy.


Thursday, November 7th, 2019
7PM to 9PM


Private residence in Weston, MA


$30 | GABC members-only event
Refreshments will be served!