Anchorage Organizing Committee for the 1994 Olympics .
Attempting to convince executives that their company should invest in a project that promises to resolve a particular organizational problem is a difficult enough challenge. Trying to convince an entire city to invest in a major civic effort, once involving hundreds of stakeholders, demands that its leaders use a well-structured and well-conceived project management process. This two-part article examines the City of Anchorage's (Alaska, USA) bid to host the 1994 Winter Olympics. The first article--"Conceptualizing a Project"--discusses the events that led to the city's creation of a bid to host the 1992 Olympics, an effort that began in 1984 with the founding of the Anchorage Organizing Committee (AOC) and continued with the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) inviting the AOC to submit a bid to host the 1992 Winter Games and with AOC representatives meeting with dignitaries from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) during the 1984 and 1988 Olympics.