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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 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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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’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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"The outside marque at the BCEC not only added excitement around our event but it attracted buzz in the surrounding community and drew the attention of the media who put photos of the digital display in their press articles about our event!"

- Cory Bolotsky, MassChallenge, Inc

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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 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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“There’s nothing more rewarding to me than seeing a city-kid on a boat for the first time — smiling, confident, and amazed after catching their first fish. To keep our program running, we rely on the generosity and support of programs like the MCCA’s Community Partnership Grants. Their commitment to community programs, particularly youth programs, makes our small operation and all those smiles possible.”

- John Hoffman, Fishing Academy, Brighton, 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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"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!

Feature Photos

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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.

Read more

Feature Video

Testimonial

"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

Social

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!

Feature Photos

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