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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 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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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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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

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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. 

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!

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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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“There’s nothing more rewarding to me than seeing a city-kid on a boat for the first time — smiling, confident, and amazed after catching their first fish. To keep our program running, we rely on the generosity and support of programs like the MCCA’s Community Partnership Grants. Their commitment to community programs, particularly youth programs, makes our small operation and all those smiles possible.”

- John Hoffman, Fishing Academy, Brighton, MA

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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!

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

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’s Rooney Honored as “White Man Who Can Jump”

BOSTON – James E. Rooney, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, was among 12 Boston business and philanthropic leaders honored Tuesday night by Get Konnected! as outstanding diversity game changers in the City of Boston. Rooney was recognized for his success in making Boston a more appealing destination for minority-based meetings and events. The “white man who can jump” theme honored these white, male business leaders who have strongly supported diversity.

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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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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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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 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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