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WTS-Boston September Luncheon


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Written by: Paige Scott Reed, Anderson & Kreiger LLP

WTS-Boston members welcomed Betty Desrosiers, Director of Strategic and Business Planning at the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport), to the September 8, 2016 luncheon.  In a fitting tribute to a career spent galvanizing support for aviation initiatives in Massachusetts, Betty took the opportunity, on the eve of her retirement, to highlight the significant impact Massport continues to have on the economy of our region.  Massport operates Boston Logan International Airport, the public container and cruise terminals in the Port of Boston, Hanscom Field, Worcester Regional Airport and real estate holdings in South Boston, East Boston and Charlestown.  Massport’s operations generate roughly 17,000 direct jobs and contribute approximately $13.3B in total economic activity annually.  By moving people and goods, Betty emphasized, “Massport connects Boston to the world.”

Betty also gave the audience a glimpse into Massport’s strategic future.  Betty explained that Massport’s CEO and one of her most valued mentors, Thomas P. Glynn, launched a strategic planning process that has sparked major initiatives in aviation, real estate development, and at the port.  Massport plans to modernize the international terminal at Logan Airport and proposes to add seven gates, three of which were approved in the 1990s but never built, to a terminal that has had no new gates since 1974.  At the same time, Massport is working to ready Conley Container Terminal to accommodate the larger shipping vessels that are now able to access the eastern seaboard of the United States for the first time following the expansion of the Panama Canal.  Finally, Massport is using its real estate assets to support its maritime mission, including developing the new South Boston Waterfront Transportation Center and Phase II of the Waterside Place Project, a mixed use project that will include a significant number of new residential apartments and a new hotel.

Betty concluded by thanking her talented team at Massport for all their help implementing these ambitious plans and by reflecting on her long-term involvement with WTS.  Through her membership in the Boston chapter, Betty remarked she gained invaluable insight into the transportation industry and a vibrant network of talented women working to improve transportation in Boston.

WTS-Boston thanks Betty Desrosiers for her time and dedication to WTS-Boston, congratulates her on her retirement from Massport, and wishes her well for the future.



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