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Jim Rooney Honored by Massachusetts Building Congress

BOSTON – James E. Rooney, executive director of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, was honored last week by the Massachusetts Building Congress and received the group’s Skyline Award for Outstanding Achievement. The rare award was presented at MBC’s 93rd Annual Dinner October 17 at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel.

The Massachusetts Building Congress Outstanding Achievement Award has been presented only six times in the organization's 93-year history.  This award is given only by unanimous approval of the Board of Directors and officers of the MBC, and only when an individual in our industry achieves extraordinary lifetime success.

“We recognize Jim’s career shows extraordinary accomplishment,” said Ben Goldfarb, MBC president. “Our membership spans many ages, backgrounds and disciplines, and it is a tribute to Jim that his contributions are so widely known and appreciated across the entire MBC community and its member companies. In Jim’s career, he has proven that there is power in collaboration: on the team leading the construction of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, in his civic pursuits, and in his leadership at MCCA.”

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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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Celebrated our 1 millionth taxi ride at the BCEC by honoring a lucky cab driver with prizes and giving his passengers - two #PAXeast attendees from Iowa - three-day passes to PAX East 2015!

Yesterday was a beautiful celebration of everything that we love about the #bostonmarathon - thank you… instagram.com/p/nGJYJvuwYV/

Announcing our new Venue Products Managers experience: a new approach to event management that will enable meeting planners to deliver events that are unique, personal, and successful beyond their expectations. 

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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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Announcing our new Venue Products Managers experience: a new approach to event management that will enable meeting planners to deliver events that are unique, personal, and successful beyond their expectations. 

Celebrated our 1 millionth taxi ride at the BCEC by honoring a lucky cab driver with prizes and giving his passengers - two #PAXeast attendees from Iowa - three-day passes to PAX East 2015!

Yesterday was a beautiful celebration of everything that we love about the #bostonmarathon - thank you… instagram.com/p/nGJYJvuwYV/

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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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“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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Congratulations to our Team MCCA JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge runners!

Celebrated our 1 millionth taxi ride at the BCEC by honoring a lucky cab driver with prizes and giving his passengers - two #PAXeast attendees from Iowa - three-day passes to PAX East 2015!

Yesterday was a beautiful celebration of everything that we love about the #bostonmarathon - thank you… instagram.com/p/nGJYJvuwYV/

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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 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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Yesterday was a beautiful celebration of everything that we love about the #bostonmarathon - thank you… instagram.com/p/nGJYJvuwYV/

Announcing our new Venue Products Managers experience: a new approach to event management that will enable meeting planners to deliver events that are unique, personal, and successful beyond their expectations. 

Celebrated our 1 millionth taxi ride at the BCEC by honoring a lucky cab driver with prizes and giving his passengers - two #PAXeast attendees from Iowa - three-day passes to PAX East 2015!

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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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Announcing our new Venue Products Managers experience: a new approach to event management that will enable meeting planners to deliver events that are unique, personal, and successful beyond their expectations. 

Celebrated our 1 millionth taxi ride at the BCEC by honoring a lucky cab driver with prizes and giving his passengers - two #PAXeast attendees from Iowa - three-day passes to PAX East 2015!

Yesterday was a beautiful celebration of everything that we love about the #bostonmarathon - thank you… instagram.com/p/nGJYJvuwYV/

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