NEW YORK, Dec. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- New York-based strategic consulting group iDEKOgov announced Lori Ardito, the highly-regarded former First Deputy Commissioner of New York City's Department of Transportation, has joined the firm as Executive Vice President.
Ardito's career in government service spans three decades, overseeing many of New York City's most transformative projects and managing dozens of marquee events and emergency responses. In recognition of her leadership, Ardito was appointed First Deputy Commissioner of the NYC Department of Transportation by then-Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan in 2007. As First Deputy Commissioner, Ardito was the logistical architect for a 5,000-person agency that closed Broadway to cars through Times Square, built more than 500 miles of bike lanes, established 10 rapid bus routes, created the City's first public plaza program, and launched Citi Bike, the nation's largest bike share system. She collaborated across all levels of government and private industry to devise complex and large-scale projects including the NYC Marathon and led DOT's traffic mitigation planning for Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014, the most watched televised event ever, which successfully saw the New York host the NFL event in cold-weather city for the first time in history. Ardito managed the creation of the City's first-ever Street Works Manual, instituting a common playbook for the 11 City departments and numerous utility companies that oversee work on City streets, and setting new standards for project development, design, permitting, implementation, maintenance and repair. Ardito has played a pivotal role leading the City's preparation and recovery efforts before, during and after emergencies and severe weather events, including Superstorm Sandy in 2012.
"We are so thrilled that Lori Ardito will be joining our team at iDEKOgov," said Cristin Burtis, managing partner of iDEKOgov. "Lori"s deep expertise and unrivaled experience within the transportation industry will be an ideal addition to our team of experts and thought leaders at iDEKOgov. Lori's track record of innovation and leadership has been recognized at all levels of government and we look forward to her contributing to iDEKOgov's growth and expansion into new markets."
"I am excited to bring my nearly three decades of transportation experience to iDEKOgov," said Lori Ardito. "I hold the partners of iDEKOgov in the highest regard, having worked with them in their prior roles within New York City government. Together, we will help the firm's clients address issues critical to moving their businesses forward, whether it be navigating intricate government processes, addressing thorny community relations issues, or managing crises that seem insurmountable. This team has the depth of experience needed to get the job done, and I am proud to join them."
"Lori is the person you want by your side when execution matters," said Janette Sadik-Khan, former commissioner of New York City's Department of Transportation. "As commissioner of the continent's largest transportation department for six years, I was grateful to have Lori as First Deputy to implement some of the most ambitious changes to city streets in a century, and to be there during the direst emergencies or putting on the city's largest and most iconic events. Lori earned the admiration of everyone within the department itself--from road workers to ferry crew to engineers--and she commanded the respect of a generation of city leadership. New Yorkers were lucky to have her dedication, and any organization would be lucky to get her."
iDEKOgov specializes in government and community relations, strategic consulting and crisis management. With a combined four decades of government experience among its founding partners, iDEKOgov helps businesses across the United States navigate the complexities of municipal governments, with a strong focus on New York City. Examples of major projects iDEKOgov's team has consulted on include the debut of the Viceroy Hotel in NYC, the opening of the 9/11 Memorial Plaza, and the coordination of Super Bowl XLVIII.
About iDEKOgov: iDEKOgov is a consulting group that specializes in strategic consulting, government relations, community relations and helping clients navigate the complexities of municipal governments, with a strong focus on NYC. iDEKOgov was founded and is run by partners Cristin Burtis, Evan Korn, and Cal Nathan, who together possess four decades of experience in government relations and have handled government operations and relations for the Super Bowl, the RNC, the Papal Visit, MLB All-Star Games, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and New Year's Eve in Times Square, among other major public events. For more information, visit www.idekogov.com
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