Pardee Center Director Anthony Janetos was among 30 Boston University faculty and administrators who attended a kick-off meeting and reception for the new Initiative on Cities (I0C) at its new home at 75 Bay State Road on February 11.
IoC co-directors Profs. Graham Wilson and Thomas Menino, the former long-time mayor of Boston, welcomed the invited guests and introduced the IoC’s new Executive Director, Katharine Lusk and Administrative Coordinator, Conor LeBlanc.
A program affiliated with the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, the Initiative on Cities will support urban leaders, including mayors and other city officials, as they adapt their communities to shifting populations, emerging threats and changing resources. The IoC will host programs and projects that bridge scholarly research on urban issues with the practice of urban governance. The IoC is scheduled to host its first conference on March 24th, “Leading Cities Through Crisis: Lessons from the Boston Marathon” which will highlight ways in which civic leaders can contribute to “ready and resilient” cities. In the fall, the IoC will host its first annual meeting of mayors from large cities around the world to share insights and practices.