Joanie Mahoney, County Executive, Chair, Thruway Board of Directors
Stephanie A. Miner, Mayor, City of Syracuse
Edward Michalenko Ph.D, Supervisor, Town of Dewitt
Chris Reed, Principle, Stoss
Steve Benz, Founder & Consultant at SITEGreen Solutions, LLC
Jeff Olsen, Principal, Alta Planning and Design      
Julia Czerniak, Associate Dean, Syracuse University School of Architecture
Doug Johnston, Chair, SUNY ESF Landscape Architecture
Melissa K. Fierke, PhD, Associate Professor, SUNY ESF Forest Entomology; Chair SUNY - ESF Bike Safety Committee     
Jim Joseph, Dean, Le Moyne College Madden School of Business
Ed Griffin, Owner, Fleet Feet
Paul Komanecky, Owner, Syracuse Bicycle
Andy Venditti, Owner, Syracuse Fitness
Jim D'Agostino, Director, SMTC
John Dimura, Trails Director, NYS Canal Corporation
Frances Gotcsik, Director, Programs & Policy Parks and Trails NY
Bob Radliff, Chair, Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor
Peter Dunn, Executive Director, CNY Community Foundation


The best ideas, designs, descriptions and images will be selected by our diverse and distinguished jury. Each entry will be reviewed by the competition advisors who will ensure the proposals are in compliance with the requirements of this competition brief, and that they are relevant to the concept of a Biodiverse Boulevard.  Approved entries will then be submitted to the Design Jury for review.  Up to 12 proposals will be advanced as Finalists, where 8 proposals (across all categories) will be awarded an Honorable Mention based on design excellence, innovation, and the ways they generate the most positive impact for the future. The Jury will vote to select 4 winners, 1 from each category, that best address the issues and requirements of the competition, the challenges of the individual sites, and maintain a sense of pragmatism. 

Jury members will base their selection on their own expertise, the quality of the work submitted by the competitors, the information contained in the competition document, and supporting text.  The Competition Advisor will manage the Jury voting process to ensure impartial enforcement of the regulations and terms of the brief, and if necessary, advise the sponsors of any concerns that should be addressed.  Additional representatives selected by the sponsors may also review the submissions as non-voting observers.  The Jury, by a majority vote, has the sole authority and responsibility to recommend winners at the end of the competition.  The Competition Advisor, in consultation with the sponsors, will resolve any disputes that may arise.  In the unlikely event that the Jury is unable to reach a consensus, the Competition Advisor will facilitate the final selection.