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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 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!

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. 

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

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Boston rolls out welcome mat for conventioneers

Governor Deval Patrick, Mayor Marty Walsh, and Massachusetts Convention Center executive director Jim Rooney were all smiles before welcoming conventioneers from across the country to the opening session of the Professional Convention Management Association Convening Leaders gathering this week. 

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

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!

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

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!

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

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PCMA Convening Leaders Set for Record Attendance

PCMA’s 2014 Convening Leaders is under way at Boston’s Hynes Convention Center, carrying the theme of “Revolution” that is fitting for the city in which it’s being held, while also referring to association's description of the event as a “meetings laboratory.”

Although PCMA does not reveal attendance numbers until they are finalized days after the close of the event, the Jan. 12-15 conference is expected to set attendance records, according to Deborah Sexton, president and CEO of the association.

“This event will have the highest attendance of any event in its history,” Sexton said. “But it’s not about how many people attend. We want to be the best—it’s not always about being the biggest.”

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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

Social

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

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!

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 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 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

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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