“Olympics in Boston, 2024?: A Conversation with Boston 2024 CEO Richard Davey”

Representative Jay Kaufman’s award winning public policy forum, “OPEN HOUSE,” tackles an important and timely topic with the prospect of Boston hosting the Olympics in 2024, in “A Conversation with Boston 2024 CEO Richard Davey.” The forum, the seventh of the 20th season, will be held on Thursday March 19th, from 7:00PM-8:00PM, at the historic Depot in Lexington Center (13 Depot Square in Lexington Center).

Attorney Richard Davey started his career in 1999 as a trial attorney for the United States Department of Justice. In 2002, he joined the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Company (MBCR), a private company that runs the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s (MBTA) commuter rail. Mr. Davey began as general counsel, later became deputy general manager, and eventually was promoted to general manager in 2008. In his first full year as general manager, customer complaints went down 40 percent. In 2010, he became the general manager of the MBTA. In 2011, Governor Deval Patrick appointed Mr. Davey Secretary of Transportation for the Commonwealth. In January of 2015, he took over as chief executive of the nonprofit Olympic planning group, Boston 2024, replacing Daniel O’Connell, another former Patrick administration official who had shepherded the bid since its earliest planning stages in 2013. This is Richard Davey’s second visit to “OPEN HOUSE”, as he was a guest during his tenure as Secretary of Transportation.

What does it mean for Boston and surrounding communities if the Olympics were held here? What’s the economic and social impact of having the Olympics in Boston? Do the pros outweigh the cons? What are the risks associated with this international event? What’s the process going forward? Do I have a voice? Find out the answers to these questions and bring your own. Don’t miss this forum March 19th, from 7PM-8PM. As always, the forum will take its shape largely from questions from the audience. Questions can also be submitted in advance at www.jaykaufman.com, or tweet your questions to @repjaykaufman 

In 1997, OPEN HOUSE was awarded the prestigious Beacon Award, cable television’s equivalent of an Emmy. The series was also named the best television series by Massachusetts Cable Television Commission. The OPEN HOUSE series is produced through a partnership between Representative Kaufman and LexMedia which records the forums for broadcast in Lexington and Woburn.