Syracuse, N.Y. – Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh has named Kelly Montague as the City’s Public Information Officer specifically focused on City infrastructure. Montague will be responsible for a wide range of public information and communication activities supporting the Departments of Public Works, Engineering, Water, and Fleet Management.
In this new role, Montague will provide vital information to residents by producing a range of public communications and content for web, print, and social media, as it relates to activities and public projects affecting roads, sewers, pedestrian traffic, and public spaces. She will develop and distribute public information to proactively educate and engage City of Syracuse residents and media in ongoing and upcoming major infrastructure projects and initiatives such as supplemental sidewalk snow removal, snow safety, road reconstruction, and I-81 construction.
Montague, a Syracuse native, moved to the District of Columbia after her graduation from Syracuse University, receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Geography and minoring in Environment and Society. She spent time building her career first with National Geographic Maps and then the D.C. Office of the Chief Technology Officer, working to establish the District’s GIS mapping and enterprise services before moving back to Syracuse in 2017 to work as a GIS Analyst at environmental consulting firms. In her most recent role as Marketing and Design Assistant at the Erie Canal Museum, Montague created and assessed community outreach opportunities, produced multimedia assets for the Erie Eats: The Erie Canal Foodways Project, and aided in the development of the museums marketing.
Montague is a member of the Communications Committee of the New York State Geographic Information System (NYS GIS) Association, where she supports communications social media and web. She has received several awards for her work in design from NYS GIS and the Esri Mid-Atlantic Users Conference for her work in digital maps and poster design. She recently joined the board of the George & Rebecca Barnes Foundation, contributing to work at the historic Barnes-Hiscock Mansion.