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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 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

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New Legislation Allows for Boston Convention Center Expansion

Massachusetts Governor Deval L. Patrick has signed legislation that authorizes the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) to move forward with an expansion of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) in the South Boston Waterfront.

The new law authorizes a 1.3 million-square-foot-expansion of the BCEC, including substantial additions to its exhibit and meeting space, and a second, larger ballroom that will potentially allow the MCCA to attract larger events and host simultaneous events, which is expected to significantly increase economic impact in the region while creating thousands of new jobs.

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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

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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

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Which Boston Restaurant is a Top 10 Outdoor Dining Destination?

Here in Boston, we love to eat outside – even in a heat wave. Because after being locked inside all winter long, nothing can keep us from the outdoors this summer. And when it comes to wining and dining, you can bet we’ll be on a Boston patio every chance we get.


And trust us – Boston has plenty of outdoor dining options. One of which recently landed on GAYOT.com's list of the Top 10 Outdoor Dining Restaurants in U.S., reports the Huffington Post. Our own Legal Harborside was listed as one of the best restaurants with outdoor dining – and for good reason.


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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

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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 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

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