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MCCA files legislation to expand Boston Convention & Exhibition Center

BOSTON – The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority today filed legislation in the State House of Representatives that would authorize the expansion of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in the South Boston Waterfront without the need for new fees or taxes.

Co-sponsored by State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry and State Representative Nick Collins, the bill authorizes a 1.3 million-square-foot expansion of the BCEC, including substantial additions to the exhibit and meeting space, and a second, larger ballroom, allowing the MCCA to attract larger events and host multiple concurrent events. Funding for the $1 billion expansion would be supported by the existing Convention Center Fund, which was created in 1997 to pay for the construction and operations of the BCEC. The Convention Center Fund revenues consist of existing tourism-based fees and taxes, none of which would need to be increased to fund the expansion project.

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"The champion of this department was Levy Restaurants, an event and catering company associated with Hynes Convention Center. Levy’s cupcakes were basically beyond words. I’ve never tasted a better crafted cupcake in my entire 26 year-cupcake-eating-life."

- Jessica Cickay, Food Blogger

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Today the Boston Globe profiles the hard work of our leader, Jim Rooney, "one of the state's most influential public figures." Read more

@MassConvention: Announcing our best sales month in MCCA history ow.ly/yYsvU We booked 38 future Boston events in June alone & 98 total in FY14!

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MCCA and Massport boards approve joint agreement to begin hotel development on key South Boston Waterfront site

The boards of directors of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority and the Massachusetts Port Authority today approved a letter of intent to have the two authorities work cooperatively to develop Massport land on the South Boston Waterfront for a headquarters hotel complex.

Under the letter of intent, the authorities will first prepare a Request for Qualifications to solicit interest from and pre-qualify hotel development teams that would construct and finance a headquarters hotel complex on the land, known as the Core Block site near the corner of D and Summer streets across the street from the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in South Boston.

The hotel development could consist of 1,200 to 1,500 rooms, and create around 2,000 construction jobs and nearly 1,000 permanent jobs. It is expected to be one of the largest hotel projects in the nation.

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"The champion of this department was Levy Restaurants, an event and catering company associated with Hynes Convention Center. Levy’s cupcakes were basically beyond words. I’ve never tasted a better crafted cupcake in my entire 26 year-cupcake-eating-life."

- Jessica Cickay, Food Blogger

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@MassConvention: Announcing our best sales month in MCCA history ow.ly/yYsvU We booked 38 future Boston events in June alone & 98 total in FY14!

Today the Boston Globe profiles the hard work of our leader, Jim Rooney, "one of the state's most influential public figures." Read more

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Boston’s MCCA to Produce its Own Events

The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority wants to change the economic model for conventions centers: It’s working to produce or co-produce its own events and develop other new revenue streams for Boston’s two major convention facilities.

 

“What if we redefined … the relationship between the (convention center) building and the event?” asks James Rooney, executive director of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, which runs the Hynes Convention Center and the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. “Why can’t a dimension of our business be show production?”

 

Those are the questions that are driving MCCA’s new Strategy and Product Development team, led by Johanna Storella. The sole purpose of this group is to develop new models for doing business at MCCA’s convention centers.

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“As a small non-profit, serving vulnerable women and children, we struggle to meet their needs with our limited budget. Donations from the Conventions C.A.R.E. program not only provide needed supplies to our families, but they also help to preserve our resources during these challenging times.”

- Robert D. Monahan, Julie’s Family Learning Center, South Boston, MA

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Today the Boston Globe profiles the hard work of our leader, Jim Rooney, "one of the state's most influential public figures." Read more

@MassConvention: Announcing our best sales month in MCCA history ow.ly/yYsvU We booked 38 future Boston events in June alone & 98 total in FY14!

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Boston Convention & Exhibition Center Celebrates 1 Millionth Cab Ride

BOSTON – The Boston Convention & Exhibition Center today celebrated its 1 millionth cab ride during the first day of the PAX East video gaming convention.

Now, a clarification: This is NOT EXACTLY the 1 millionth cab trip to or from the BCEC. The MCCA expects that specific cab to drive to the BCEC sometime on April 12. But with PAX East opening up and the buzz of activity around the building, the MCCA and Executive Director James E. Rooney ceremoniously honored the 1 millionth cab ride today.

“This is a stunning achievement for such a young building,” said Rooney. “Without the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, these cab rides would not have happened, or they would have taken place in another state. But they did happen, in rain and shine, and Boston and the MCCA is better because of it.”

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“From planning to execution, your ‘can do’ attitude made the process a pleasure.”

- Event Exhibits & Operations, Yankee Dental Congress

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Today the Boston Globe profiles the hard work of our leader, Jim Rooney, "one of the state's most influential public figures." Read more

@MassConvention: Announcing our best sales month in MCCA history ow.ly/yYsvU We booked 38 future Boston events in June alone & 98 total in FY14!

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Boston Convention & Exhibition Center Celebrates 1 Millionth Cab Ride

BOSTON – The Boston Convention & Exhibition Center today celebrated its 1 millionth cab ride during the first day of the PAX East video gaming convention.

Now, a clarification: This is NOT EXACTLY the 1 millionth cab trip to or from the BCEC. The MCCA expects that specific cab to drive to the BCEC sometime on April 12. But with PAX East opening up and the buzz of activity around the building, the MCCA and Executive Director James E. Rooney ceremoniously honored the 1 millionth cab ride today.

“This is a stunning achievement for such a young building,” said Rooney. “Without the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, these cab rides would not have happened, or they would have taken place in another state. But they did happen, in rain and shine, and Boston and the MCCA is better because of it.”

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"The BCEC is one of the few convention centers that offers free Wi-Fi service throughout the facility. It eliminates the need to negotiate this "must-have" service, results in considerable savings and satisfied attendees!

- Linda S. Bailey, CMP, National Fire Protection Association

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@MassConvention: Announcing our best sales month in MCCA history ow.ly/yYsvU We booked 38 future Boston events in June alone & 98 total in FY14!

Today the Boston Globe profiles the hard work of our leader, Jim Rooney, "one of the state's most influential public figures." Read more

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