PMI Chicagoland Chapter Helps To Support Chicago's Bid For 2016 Olympics

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Project management professionals from the PMI Chicagoland Chapter are volunteering to support Chicago's bid for 2016 Olympics

With the 2016 Summer Olympic games up for bid, the "City of Big Shoulders" is looking to shoulder not only the 80,000 visitors it could expect to the city, but it is also planning to shoulder the innumerable amount of projects it will need to undertake in order to accommodate such a grand, global spectacle. Should the International Olympic Committee (IOC) grant Chicago the bid, the city will need to showoff not only its magnificent shoreline, but also superior project management skill; which is exactly why at the January PMI Chicagoland Chapter's monthly dinner meeting the Olympic committee heads and volunteers made a special presentation. Over 400 project professionals attended the sold out dinner meeting event at the Fairmont Hotel, a new record for attendance.

To help bolster volunteerism for the 2016 bid amongst the PMI Chicagoland members, Scott Myers and Chip Hardt, part of the proposal development team, provided an overview of the major proposal deliverables that they have incorporated into the plan set for delivery to the IOC by February. One of the major advantages that Chicago will bring over the other 4 cities in the bidding process is its use of 5 temporary sporting facilities. Facilities capable of housing up to 15,000 spectators and will allow the global athletes to be an efficient distance from Olympic events as well as major city attractions. Although temporary facilities are a major part of the plan, everlasting improvements to the city is also a major consideration. Scot Myers, head of World Sport Chicago, the youth sporting arm for the development of the proposal, addressed the legacy that the Games would bring to the city. Not only would Chicago reap the benefit of an improved lakefront, but also it would use the games influence as a platform to create an urban sporting model that could affect some 15,000 youth in Chicago; a model championed by Chicago's Mayor Daley.

The Olympic Volunteer Committee gathered 200+ project management volunteers at the January dinner meeting. These member volunteers from the PMI Chicagoland Chapter will do their part to "give back" to their community in the form of project management skill at the 2016 Olympics, and to increase the likelihood that each one of the projects stages come together with the skill of an Olympian. There are after all, no second chances to win at Olympic project execution.

About PMI Chicagoland Chapter
The PMI Chicagoland Chapter is a 4200-member component of the Project Management Institute, the leading professional association for project managers. The PMI Chicagoland Chapter is one of the largest chapters in PMI and the place to be for education, professional development, and camaraderie with like-minded professionals. To learn more about PMI Chicagoland Chapter, please visit the website at

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