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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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Boston fares well in analysis of city walkability

Boston is one of the more walkable major cities in the United States and is on its way to becoming the most-walkable, according to a new report from a Washington D.C.-based research group and George Washington University.

 

The group, Smart Growth America, looked at factors such as the amount of retail and office space that is friendly to visitors traveling on foot.

 

Today, the report states, the top cities are: Washington D.C., New York, Boston, San Francisco and Chicago.

 

If current development trends hold, the report concludes, the most-walkable cities will be, in order: Boston, Washington D.C., New York, Miami and Atlanta.

 

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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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Tourists & business travelers pump up Greater Boston hotels in June

An increase in tourists and business travelers fueled occupancy rates and revenue at Greater Boston’s hotels in June, according to a new survey by PKF Consulting.

 

The 97 hotel operators in the PKF Trends in the Hotel Industry sample achieved an average 86.5 percent occupancy at a $219.20 average daily rate (ADR) with a resulting $189.61 revenue per available room (RevPAR) for the month. These performance levels represented an occupancy increase of 0.4 percent, a 5.7 percent increase in ADR, and an overall 6.1 percent increase in RevPAR for June 2014 compared to June 2013.

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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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Food trucks fueled by fusion

A tantalizing perfume engulfs a corner of City Hall’s sprawling plaza one Thursday afternoon: chicken, lamb, exotic sauces, and pita bread, coupled with the smoky aromas of ribs and grilled cheese.

 

It’s coming from the Chicken & Rice Guys food truck, sitting less than 20 feet from a friendly competitor, Roxy’s Gourmet Grilled Cheese. The smell overwhelms any aroma coming from restaurants nearby, luring more than 60 people — some in tailored suits, others in Red Sox jerseys — to quick and cheap meals emerging out of well-worn trucks.

 

Why, in a city with eating options ranging from burgers to Vietnamese pho, do hordes of people voluntarily stand in 15-minute-long lines for bowls of rice and meat or grilled cheese?

 

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Boden USA

Coming to the Hynes September 6.

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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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Biopharmaceutical companies shifting labs, jobs to Mass.

A wave of biopharmaceutical industry consolidation has been bringing jobs and companies to Massachusetts even as it has led to darkened labs and uprooted scientists in other states.

 

GE Healthcare became the latest player to disclose it is shrinking its R&D footprint elsewhere but growing in Massachusetts. The company, which last week said it would eliminate hundreds of jobs in New Jersey next year, on Wednesday confirmed it will move its US life sciences headquarters to Marlborough and add 220 employees.

 

“A lot of our customer base is in Massachusetts,” said Kieran Murphy, the London-based president of GE Healthcare Life Sciences, which sells bioreactors, diagnostics, and processing equipment used in drug making. “It’s the home of pharma and of biotech. We feel we can access great talent from the universities there because it’s a center of innovation.”

 

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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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