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Nerdfighters will gather in Boston this weekend

Brothers John and Hank Green will be in Boston this weekend for “NerdCon: Nerdfighteria,” which is billed as “the first-ever official Nerdfighter convention and celebration of 10 years of nerdfighting.” The convention’s website explains, “It is a giant celebration of all things nerdy, creative, educational, fun, and weird.” The event will be held Friday and Saturday at the Hynes Convention Center. Tickets are $60 for the weekend. The Nerdfighter concept started a decade ago, when the Greens became big YouTube stars. John Green (inset) is also known for his young adult novels, which include …

Connecticut tribes 'days away' from unveiling casino site to compete with MGM Springfield

Plans for a third Connecticut casino - one just across the state line with Massachusetts - are expected to be announced in coming days. "There is draft language in the hands of the legislature," Kevin Brown, chairman of the Mohegan Tribe told the Associated Press on Thursday. "We have to get it passed this session. We are at the 11th hour." Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes formalized a partnership in 2015 to construct a third tribal casino in the state. The tribes say the joint casino will be smaller than Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Resort Casino and is expected to cost…

What You Need to Know About Boston's St. Patrick's Day Breakfast and Parade 2017

Boston's St. Patrick's Day Breakfast will be held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center on Sunday, March 19, beginning at 10 a.m. The breakfast got its start over a century ago, and has grown into a major political gathering over the years. State Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry will once again host the annual event. The lineup for this year's breakfast is still in development, but many of the state's most prominent leaders are expected to attend, including Gov. Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. The festivities continue after the breakfast with the annual St. Patrick…

MGM unveils problem-gambling prevention efforts inspired by requirements at Springfield casino

MGM Resorts International, the company behind the $950 million casino taking shape in the South End, is rolling out problem-gambling prevention programs nationally in response to Massachusetts regulations. The state's Gaming Commission requires that casino operators here implement GameSense, a program developed by the British Columbia Lottery Corp. in Canada in 2009. On Wednesday, MGM Resorts executives announced at a meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, that the company will implement GameSense at its resorts in Las Vegas and elsewhere around the country, not just in Springfield where it is required. Alan Feldman, MGM Resorts International executive vice president of global industry…

Panel to Discuss Deep-sea Mining at AAAS Meeting

Home to an immense diversity of marine life, the deep ocean also contains valuable minerals with metals such as nickel, copper, cobalt, manganese, zinc, and gold, and rare-earth elements used in electronic technology like smart phones and medical imaging machines. As demand for these resources increases and supplies on land decrease, commercial mining operators are looking to the deep ocean as the next frontier for mining. What are the risks and environmental impacts of deep-sea mining on fragile marine ecosystems? Would seafloor mineral resources be enough to keep up with the evolving demands of modern society? A panel of scholars…

MGM Springfield to take over sole management of MassMutual Center

MGM Springfield has finalized a deal to take over exclusive management of the MassMutual Center, 10 months after winning a joint management bid with the Comcast-owned company Spectra. The arena had been operated by Spectra, formerly Global Spectrum, since 2005. Last year MGM and Spectra began joint management of the venue, and the casino company has now cemented plans to take over day-to-day operations. "We are thrilled to enter into this agreement that leverages the best of what our company has to offer, in order to make best use of the MMC and drive downtown economic development," MGM Springfield President Michael Mathis…

Seaport plan scales back arts facility

When it was first drawn up nearly a decade ago, the plan to build out the heart of the Seaport District included a school, art gallery, branch library, several parks, and one very large performing arts center. But over time, as the rest of the waterfront neighborhood has filled in and new economic realities set in, the Seaport Square project has trimmed the size of its parks and dropped plans for the school, library, and gallery. Now it appears the performing arts center could vanish, too. The new owner of 13 acres of Seaport Square, Chestnut Hill-based WS Development, filed a…

World Trade Center in South Boston could get a makeover

The Seaport World Trade Center predates the rapid building boom taking place on the South Boston Waterfront. But the fixture could soon be swept up in those changes, as the building’s manager looks at potentially redeveloping the property. Pembroke Real Estate, an affiliate of mutual fund giant Fidelity Investments, confirmed it’s looking to hire a firm to study the redevelopment of the sprawling, roughly 800,000-square-foot complex. The structure includes 565,000 square feet of offices, where Fidelity is an anchor tenant, and 150,000 square feet of meeting space. It’s primarily two stories tall, with a three-story section. …

A last chance to add life to Seaport

The pressure is on to do something special in the Seaport District, and Dick Marks feels it. He’s one of the partners of WS Development, which plunked down $359 million in 2015 to develop the rest of Seaport Square in one of the priciest land deals ever in Boston. “We get the chance to do it once,” said Marks showing off his plan Monday in a conference room at the firm’s Chestnut Hill headquarters overlooking one of its outdoor malls, The Street. “We want to do it right.” The pressure is real. Seaport Square…

City requests 151 new liquor licenses from state leaders

Putting last year’s low-level feud over control of liquor licenses for Boston in the past, Mayor Martin Walsh and the Boston state delegation are looking this year to cooperate in releasing more than 150 new liquor licenses over three years in creative ways – a way cited as a part of a plan to spur economic development across the city. In a meeting last month at City Hall to follow up on the bi-annual Boston State Delegation luncheon with the mayor, members held a discussion of how to move forward in creating more liquor licenses for the city, creating…

GBTA Announces World Champion & Gold Medalist Michael Phelps as Featured Speaker at GBTA Convention 2017

The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the voice of the global business travel industry, today announced Michael Phelps will be a featured speaker at GBTA Convention 2017, July 15-19 in Boston. A conversation with Michael Phelps, one of the most decorated athletes in the history of sport, will take place at Convention Arena on Wednesday, July 19. “We are extremely pleased to welcome Michael Phelps to the stage at GBTA Convention 2017,” said Michael W. McCormick. “Many athletes can win, but only a select few can truly dominate their sport like Michael Phelps has. Our attendees are sure to be…

New resort and casino could affect MGM Springfield

Wednesday morning, a new resort casino opens up over the state line in New York. Tuesday 22News found out how MGM Springfield plans on dealing with the gambling developments in surrounding states. The grand opening of the $330 million Rivers Casino and Resort will take place on Wednesday. The ceremony will celebrate the project’s completion and the opening to the public at noon. It’s a competitive business to be sure and it’s gotten more competitive because all of the states are looking for ways to make revenue. The facility features a 50,000 square-foot gaming floor with 1,150…

State, city officials reopen search for helipad site after hearing concerns

City and state officials are reopening the search for a helipad location in Boston after hearing concerns about their proposal to install one at the pier behind the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion. The state Department of Transportation had previously narrowed the search down to the area around the city-owned pier, known as Dry Dock 4. But that plan drew opposition from critics, including Live Nation executive Don Law and Legal Sea Foods CEO Roger Berkowitz, at a hearing held last week by a task force studying the helipad issue. The task force was supposed to hold a second hearing on Monday,…

MassMutual Center hosts charter school information showcase

Charter public schools in the Springfield area held an informational and enrollment showcase Saturday. Students, parents and teachers gathered at the MassMutual Center in Springfield Saturday for an enrollment showcase for Charter Public Schools. Julia Mejia, the Charter Public School Showcase coordinator, said, “Third annual Charter Public School Showcase serving families in Springfield, Holyoke and Chicopee. It’s an opportunity for families to have a one stop shop where they can learn about all the where they can learn about all the different types of Charter Schools that are available in their area.” Charter schools are privately…

Gloucester books seafood trade show for third year

The city once again will venture into the wilds of South Boston to promote of the area’s seafood bounty at the annual Seafood Expo North America trade show that has become a staple for the international seafood industry. This is the third consecutive year the city will have an exhibitor booth at the sprawling event that is scheduled for March 19 to 21 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. “We felt that last year was a great success and we’re going to try to go even bigger this year,” said Sal Di Stefano, economic development…

LearnLaunch’s Across Boundaries Conference Brings EdTech Leaders to Boston

The edtech world’s attention turns to Boston today, as the LearnLaunch Institute’s fifth annual Across Boundaries Conference, co-hosted by the MIT Office of Digital Learning, opens at the Hynes Convention Center. Drawing more than 1,100 participants, from 13 countries and 30 states, Across Boundaries has grown by more than 25% since last year, reflecting continued excitement in the global edtech sector. More than 300 educators, 250 edtech entrepreneurs, 180 non-profits and 100 students are joining hundreds of education and industry leaders and investors to discuss critical challenges facing efforts to move education practice forward, to experience cutting-edge edtech products, and to learn from others…

Cabbies say the end is near as Uber, Lyft come to Logan

Is this the death knell for the taxi industry in Boston? Uber has now established a beachhead in the last major territory held by taxi drivers, striking a deal with the Massachusetts Port Authority to allow its popular UberX service to pick up passengers at Logan Airport beginning Wednesday. Along with an earlier agreement that allowed Lyft service at Logan, the Uber deal means taxis risk losing the large airport fares that have kept many afloat. When earlier efforts to halt advances by ride-hailing services failed one by one, Boston cabbies would always insist there was still a tomorrow, still…

Proposed Boston school budget avoids sharp cuts

Boston schools Superintendent Tommy Chang plans to propose a $1 billion budget for the next school year Wednesday that attempts to avoid the kinds of deep spending cuts that riled students, parents, and teachers last year. Instead, the proposal, which will be officially presented to the School Committee in the evening, emphasizes investments in new programs, including expanding vocational education and starting a Haitian-Creole dual-language program. The $1,061,000,000 budget proposal represents a $29 million, or 2.8 percent, increase over this year’s spending plan. That is more than twice the size of the increase that Chang originally proposed last February, which was not…

A waterfront that’s rapidly transforming

Seemingly overnight, a new neighborhood is going up along Seaport Boulevard. Piece by piece, floor by floor, one building after another is being cobbled together. More than $1.5 billion worth of apartments, condos, storefronts, and office space is under construction in the Seaport right now, all within the span of a few blocks. Another $850 million in projects is set to break ground soon. That means a lot of steel, glass, and jobs for many, many construction workers. And when it’s done, there will be thousands more people living and working in a place that, not so long ago by…

New England Food Show 2017 coming to Boston next month

The New England Food Show 2017, co-sponsored by The National Restaurant Association and the Massachusetts Restaurant Association, is less than a month away. To be held from Feb. 26 to 28 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, the annual event is the largest and most attended foodservice trade show in the Northeast. Each year it features hundreds of exhibitors, culinary demonstrations and competitions, education sessions and seminars, buying specials, new product showcases, and more. Some of the features of this year’s show include an impressive lineup of keynote speakers, the Eater Boston Chef Competition, and a wide range of informative…

U.S. Green Building Council Releases Annual Top 10 States for LEED Green Building

Today, USGBC announced the Top 10 States for LEED, an annual ranking that highlights states throughout the United States that made significant strides in sustainable building design, construction and transformation over the past year. LEED is the world’s most widely used and recognized green building rating system. Topping the list is Massachusetts, which moved from third to first place, with a total of 136 LEED-certified projects representing 3.73 square feet of certified space per resident. “LEED guides our buildings, cities, communities and neighborhoods to become more resource- and energy-efficient, healthier for occupants and more competitive in the marketplace,” said…

Largest Coast-to-Coast Expo in the Cannabis Industry to Take Place in Boston

Massachusetts and Maine are the first states on the East Coast to legalize recreational marijuana creating a growing market for cultivation, manufacturing and retail. The established and highly regarded Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition will now be the premier event in the Northeast for the latest information, education, products and services for the industry. CWCBExpo Boston will debut October 4-6, 2017 at the Hynes Convention Center and will be produced by Leading Edge Expositions, LLC, who already produce the successful Los Angeles (pictured) and New York events. “The Massachusetts recreational and medical cannabis market alone is estimated to exceed $1.1…

A look at the MGM Springfield casino progress

MGM Springfield is continuing to make progress on its $950-million resort casino in the city’s South End. You can see the progress being made on the 14.5 acres from the highway, or just passing by. For the hotel and casino podium structures, the steel is still going up and being bolted or welded into place. In the seven-story parking garage, above ground electrical plumbing is taking place, and interior masonry walls are being erected in areas that will house electric wiring along with waterproofing and caulking. The garage is expected to be done in the spring. Crews are putting…

The Yankee Dental Congress Brings Innovation to Boston

It’s almost time to pack your bags if you’re heading to the Yankee Dental Congress, scheduled for January 25 through January 29 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Nearly 28,000 dental professionals are expected to take part in more than 300 continuing education courses and interact with the more than 450 exhibitors that will be on hand. And since all work and no play makes for a dull show, the Massachusetts Dental Society has entertainment lined up too. Across the nation, dentists are struggling with the tragic consequences of the opioid epidemic. Fortunately, the Yankee Dental Congress is offering guidance…

Editorial: Walsh’s pre-K pitch

It’s always tempting to make promises in a State of the City address — especially in an election year. And Mayor Marty Walsh had more than a few in his message last Tuesday. High on his list was this: “I will file legislation to finally eliminate the opportunity gap in early education, and for the first time in Boston’s history, offer free, high-quality pre-kindergarten to every single 4-year-old in our city.” And if the job of mayor came equipped with a magic wand, we have no doubt he’d do just that. The…

New England RV Dealers Association Show Posts Record Gate, Strong Sales

The show season opened in New England with record crowds as the New England RV Dealers Association (NERVDA), in partnership with Paragon Group, hosted the Jan. 13-16 Boston RV & Camping Expo at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. “We knew from the start of the relationship that we had picked the best partner to produce our show and grow the relationship when we reorganized the Association four years ago,” noted Bob Zagami, Executive Director of NERVDA, in a press release. “The fruits of our labor were evident on many fronts this past weekend as the show…

Watch video of MGM Springfield construction site tour

MassLive took a walking tour of the MGM Springfield site Tuesday afternoon, catching a glimpse of the construction leading up to the casino's planned September 2018 opening. MGM Springfield President Michael Mathis and Randy Pitts of Tishman Construction led us on the tour, from a street-level look at the construction of MGM's six-story Main Street hotel to the inside of the building that will house the casino floor. Check out the video on the MassLive site, or rewatch our live stream on the MassLive Facebook page. The project has been years in the making, since MGM beat out Penn…

The Boozification of Boston Comes to The Lawn on D

The boozification of Boston continues with news that the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority's The Lawn on D is vying to add wine and beer more permanently to its offerings. According to Adam Gaffin of Universal Hub, "it finds out tomorrow if the Boston Licensing Board has any spare licenses lying around to make it happen." (I've reached out to The Lawn on D and Mayor Walsh for comment and will update accordingly when I hear back.) Rebel Restaurants is reportedly hoping to add alcohol sales to its existing food offerings at the D Street park. As it stands,…

Mayor Walsh Announces Legislation to Overhaul How Boston Finances Education

Tuesday afternoon, Mayor Marty Walsh announced he plans to file education finance reform legislation. And his proposed plan hits on multiple pain points that have long been afflicting our city’s public education system. “We are working every day to close opportunity and achievement gaps, meet the diverse needs of every kind of student and make our district schools top choices for every family in every neighborhood,” Walsh said. “I am committed to working with our partners on Beacon Hill to fix education funding formulas and getting every student on a pathway to success from pre-kindergarten…

Baker Revives Airbnb Rental Tax Proposal

Airbnb users who rent out private rooms for five months a year or longer would have to collect hotel taxes under a proposal detailed Thursday by Governor Charlie Baker. The governor’s plan, to be included with his formal budget proposal later this month, would target a small group of landlords who operate high-volume rental businesses on Airbnb and similar sites, which include HomeAway, owned by Expedia, and FlipKey, owned by TripAdvisor. Baker estimates the tax would raise $12 million for the state in the 2018 fiscal year by applying hotel taxes to home-rental landlords operating “a de facto business.…

Automakers Drive N.E. Auto Event

Not so long ago, the New England International Auto Show was more a buffet of “leftovers” than a display of futuristic rides — but that’s quickly changing, says Clifford Atiyeh, the East Coast bureau editor of Car and Driver magazine. “It’s definitely grown in prominence,” Atiyeh said of Boston’s annual show that pulls into the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center today and will feature more than 500 must-see vehicles. His reasoning? The automakers — not just the dealers — are getting more involved, and the show is adding more compelling models…

Massachusetts Sets First-of-Its-Kind Tax on Uber, Lyft

Massachusetts is the first state to tax ride sharing. The move, coming after Gov. Charlie Baker signed H.4570 into law this month, introduces a nationally unique package of regulations for Uber, Lyft and others in the growing industry. The state will take 20 cents per ride — which the companies can’t add onto customers’ rates — and redistribute it among local governments, the state’s transportation fund and the taxi industry. Adrian Durbin, a spokesperson for Lyft, confirmed with Government Technology's FutureStructure that this is the first such state fee the company is aware of. The…

Ending the shortage: more hotels in the Seaport

The Seaport District could soon get a much-needed block of new hotel rooms. On Monday, Harbinger Development said it is pushing ahead with plans to put a dual-brand complex with more than 400 rooms on Summer Street, midway between the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center and the cruise ship terminals. The company, which hopes to start construction next spring, is aiming at a market so tight that rates are at record highs. Harbinger filed detailed plans with the Boston Redevelopment Authority for a project it’s calling Marine Wharf. It would include a 253-room Hampton Inn and a 166-room Homewood…

Convention center chief calls lack of waterfront hotels a major problem

The state’s convention center chief says he will not reconsider a plan to expand the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center until the South Boston waterfront gets more hotel rooms. The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority on Monday released a report from a hotel management adviser, showing the immediacy of the problem. Boston ranks last, by far, among peer cities for the number of rooms within walking distance of the main convention center. And the pace for booking convention center space is declining from 2018 through 2021, primarily because of the difficulty in assembling blocks of hotel rooms and transportation costs involved…

Editorial: Seaport reservations

Champions of a massive expansion of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center have long sold the public on the claim that Boston is losing out on big events because of a lack of adequate meeting space. It seems just as likely that the Hub may lose out because conventioneers at the existing facility have nowhere to rest their weary heads. A new report commissioned by the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority confirms what anyone who strolls along Summer Street when a big meeting is in town already knows: There is a shortage of hotel rooms near the BCEC, forcing meeting planners…

Editorial: Driven by choices

Beacon Hill is considering legislation that would ban Uber and Lyft from picking up passengers at Logan Airport and the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. But the agency that runs the Seaport convention mecca — to its credit — isn’t waiting to see whether this bit of naked protectionism for taxi companies wins the day. The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority plans to designate specific pickup spots for passengers who choose to summon a ride on their smartphones, rather than waiting in line at the cab stand. It isn’t just about convenience. The move represents an official…

Springfield Thunderbirds announced as name, mascot of city's AHL franchise

Springfield Thunderbirds, it is. The city's new American Hockey League franchise, and affiliate of the Florida Panthers of the NHL, announced the team's nickname and mascot in a public event Wednesday at the MassMutual Center (watch that press conference here). "The Springfield Thunderbirds' name represents the strength and pride of western Massachusetts," team Executive Vice President Nathan Costa said in a release from the team. "It is is a nod to our hockey past, a tribute to the men and women of the Air Force who are so vital to this region, and a symbol of the new…

Food deal bodes well for future of Lawn on D

The future just got brighter for Lawn on D, the popular South Boston park whose operating losses have drawn scrutiny from the cost-conscious Baker administration. The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority recently signed a food and alcohol contract with a major Boston restaurant operator that could run five years, a sign that officials expect the park to be around for a while. The deal with Rebel Restaurants, an affiliate of Cronin Group, guarantees that 15 percent of the gross food and beverage sales at the Lawn will go to the convention center authority. Convention center officials said Cronin was the only bidder…

Our view: City's investment in seafood expo is money well spent

Of all the initiatives begun last year by then-interim Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken, the return of the city to the international Seafood Expo North America in Boston was a no-brainer, given Theken’s deep ties to the Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association. By all accounts, the endeavor was a success. The city’s booth stood out amid a sea of sterile, cardboard convention center displays, thanks to the presence of the mayor and Angela Sanfilippo, president of the Fishermen’s Wives, and a bubbling, aromatic pot of redfish soup. That end product — the food people…

MCCA Names New Deputy Director and General Counsel

The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority’s (MCCA) newly minted executive director David Gibbons made two key senior executive decisions by naming Fred Peterson as the new deputy director and Dennis Callahan as the general counsel for the organization. Peterson served as the interim executive director from July 1-Dec. 31, 2015, while also fulfilling the duties of director of facilities operations. Callahan, similarly, assumed the role of interim general counsel as well as assistant secretary to the board of directors in July 2015. “I am eager to begin working with these two proven leaders in their new roles,” Gibbons said. &ldquo…

Activists, elected officials honor King’s legacy

Across Boston on Monday, elected officials and activists called for social justice and equality of opportunity, evoking the legacy and principles of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in speeches and demonstrations around the city. On the national holiday to honor King, a host of elected officials called for equal access to housing, jobs, health care and education before the annual breakfast of nearly 1,000 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. Later in the day, demonstrators marched through the city down William J. Day Boulevard, protesting police action and calling for a higher minimum wage. Although the breakfast-goers also heard…

Auto show jump-starts enthusiasts’ excitement

There will be a different vibe this year during the annual
five-day New England International Auto Show. Americans bought new cars and trucks at a record pace in 2015. So auto show organizers, manufacturers and dealers will be interested in gauging the mood of anticipated big crowds who surge through the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center doors as the 2016 show kicks off today. “Advance ticket sales are running 5 percent higher than last year at the same time,” said Barbara Pudney, 2016 show organizer and vice president of Paragon Group Inc. “Typically ahead of the show we hear from auto…

Chelsea Clinton to address conference

The American Library Association is holding its midwinter meeting and annual conference in Boston this weekend, and the bookish bunch has invited Chelsea Clinton to be the closing speaker. The former first daughter will talk to ALA executive editor Jill Santopolo on Monday at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. Among the weekend’s other presenters are authors Andre Dubus III and Nancy Pearl, filmmaker Ken Burns, creative nonfiction writers Mark Kurlansky and Terry Tempest Williams, designer Isaac Mizrahi, and New Jersey Senator Cory Booker. Clinton, who’s written a book called “It’s Your World:…

The librarians are coming to party

If you see a group of wild revelers in Boston this weekend, it’s probably just the librarians. The American Library Association will host its Midwinter Meeting at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center from Friday to Tuesday. The official event will have about 10,000 librarians, publishers, and authors checking out talks, books, and products in the exhibition space, but off-hours it’s all about the parties. Publishers will throw soirees around town for VIP visitors. Venues include Top of the Hub, where Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing will gather late Friday night, and Fenway Park&rsquo…

Christmas in the City lifts spirits of homeless families

With workers dressed like elves and a high-paced toy room that granted children’s wishes, Boston’s annual Christmas in the City extravaganza could rival Santa’s North Pole operation. Ornate 20-foot Christmas trees and bouquets of poinsettias decorated the entrance of an exhibit hall at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center Sunday, mesmerizing thousands of homeless and needy Massachusetts families. Before the end of the day, thousands of giddy children and their parents would be treated to a parade, concerts, face painting, food, toys, and an indoor amusement park. Siblings Nazyiah and NaCurtis Bailey danced to…

Women share secrets to success in arts, business

“There are no mistakes. You will learn from everything,” said Kemal Harris, a top Hollywood power stylist, co-owner of Kemal + Karla, and costume designer for the Netflix series “House of Cards,” on the topic “The Art of Talking About Yourself: How to Position Your Value, Not Just Your Resume” at this year’s sold-out Massachusetts Conference for Women. Attracting nearly 10,000 women, the Massachusetts Conference for Women was held on Thursday, December 10 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. The one-day event, which has grown in size and scope since it was first held…

David M. Gibbons Named New Executive Director for the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority

Longtime hospitality executive, David M. Gibbons of Rockport, Mass., was named by board of directors for the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority as its executive director. Gibbons becomes the third leader in the history of the MCCA, taking over most recently for James Rooney, who left to run the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. Gibbons appointment comes after a several-month search process led by executive search firm Korn Ferry.  In his role, Gibbons will oversee ownership and operations of the Authority’s four facilities, including the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in the South Boston Waterfront, the John B.…