The BCEC is at the forefront of the meeting industry providing industry-leading technology, flexibility, and service to ensure a remarkable event. The beauty and symbolism of the building’s modern, glass-lined interior is reflected throughout the 2.1 million square feet of space. The 41,000 square-foot Grand Ballroom overlooks the Boston Seaport, offering breathtaking views. And with 516,000 square-feet of column-free, contiguous exhibit space, and 82 meeting rooms, the BCEC has the functionality to accommodate your event, your way.
The BCEC is just 8 minutes from Logan International Airport, the fastest airport to convention center time in the country. Boston’s geographical location makes it an ideal and easy gateway for both national and international access and gives you access to the most valuable attendee base within a 2-hour travel radius of any city in North America. It is all about the food and the thousands of details that surround it. Whether you’re hosting an event for 10 or 10,000, our innovative executive chefs and their teams are always eager to customize something new from our creative menus to surprise and delight your guests.
Jun 23, 2016
MCCA Distributes Annual Community Partnership Grants & Hospitality Scholarships
Boston, MA (June 23, 2016) The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) awarded $106,500 in community grants and $17,500 in academic scholarships to 24 Boston nonprofits and seven Massachusetts hospitality students at the Authority’s annual awards luncheon on Wednesday, June 22.
The awards were distributed as part of the MCCA’s Community Partnership and Hospitality Scholarship Fund, a two-part program established and sponsored by the MCCA and former State Senator Jack Hart. The program is funded by revenue generated from consumer shows held at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. The goal of the program is for all of Boston’s neighborhoods to benefit from the work of the MCCA as well as to provide workforce development support for Massachusetts students entering the hospitality industry.
“A core goal of the MCCA’s mission is to be a good neighbor by giving back and supporting our community’s nonprofit organizations. The Community Partnership Grants program is one aspect of our efforts to do so, and we are so thrilled to be able to give support to such deserving organizations,” said David Gibbons, Executive Director. “The grant winners were selected not only based on need, but also because they provided specific plans for how the grant would be used to better the community. Whether the organizations are using the funds to start a new program or buy needed supplies to keep their programs running, each grant winner will have a profound impact on individuals in the community who need help the most. Being able to award these grants and scholarships to such admirable organizations is very fulfilling for everyone who is a part of the MCCA.”
The 24 nonprofits represent the following Boston neighborhoods:
When asked how her organization would use the grant, Edna Smallwood from Mothers for Justice and Equality said, “We’re having 60 kids this summer. We provide jobs for at least half of those kids to get them involved and off the streets, and also to help them build their future careers.” Eileen Paterson added in that Mothers for Justice and Equality provides solace for these kids’ mothers, saying how the program “turns their pain into purpose.”
The seven scholarship winners hail from communities across the state:
Nonprofits were awarded grants ranging from $1,500 to $5,000 and each student was awarded a $2,500 scholarship. Since the program launched in 2007, the MCCA has awarded more than $1,006,000 in grants to hundreds of nonprofit organizations in Boston and $107,500 in academic scholarships to 43 Massachusetts students.
For more information on the MCCA’s Community Partnership & Hospitality Fund, please visit: http://massconvention.com/community/grants-program-overview.
About the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA)
The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority owns and oversees the operations of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center, the MassMutual Center in Springfield, MA and the Boston Common Parking Garage. The BCEC and Hynes have earned a rare gold standard from the International Association of Congress Centres (AIPC), making Boston only the fourth city in North America and the 12th worldwide to have been awarded this top standard, the highest certification level a convention facility can achieve under strict AIPC guidelines.
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Apr 7, 2016
MCCA’s Conventions C.A.R.E. Program donates to St. Patrick’s Church
Boston, MA (April 7, 2016) The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority’s (MCCA) Conventions C.A.R.E. (Community Assistance by Responsible Events) program donated over 5,500 items left over from past events to St. Patrick’s Church of Roxbury as part of an ongoing effort by the state authority to help its events give back to the Boston community while minimizing their environmental impact.
The items that were donated include chairs, coffee tables, a sofa, water bottles, boxes of nails, rubber balls, lamps, and 5,200 canvas bags. The church filled their truck to capacity, leaving the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center’s (BCEC) previously-filled storage room empty. In conjunction with the Cape Verde Association of Brockton, the church will disperse these items to needy families in Cape Verde. Notably, the canvas bags will be given to children to use as schoolbags. These items were left by a wide array of exhibitions that recently came to the BCEC and the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center.
The MCCA’s Conventions C.A.R.E. Program, which debuted in 2010, donates non-perishable items from convention center events to nonprofit organizations throughout Boston. Exhibitors are encouraged to place clean, usable, non-perishable donations in designated bins at the end of an exhibition. Many are happy to do so rather than throw them out or pay to ship them elsewhere. The MCCA and its partners then assign and arrange the transport of these items to local non-profits. Common donation items include office products, medical supplies, convention bags, clothing, toiletries, and classroom materials. Since its inception, the Conventions C.A.R.E. program has collected and donated 115 tons of goods to local nonprofits.
“We believe we have a responsibility to give back to the community,” said David Gibbons, Executive Director of the MCCA. “We are proud to work with organizations like St. Patrick’s and the Cape Verde Association of Brockton to make sure our surplus materials reach people in need. Everyone can be happy to know that these items will be given to children, families, and people who can really use them instead of ending up in our local landfills.”
“We are incredibly happy to receive this donation from the MCCA,” said Moises Rodrigues, Councilor at Large from the City of Brockton. “We are so grateful to have been given the chance to put these items to good use and improve the lives of people who need help. For this, we would like to thank the conventions that donated as well as the MCCA for organizing this program.”
St. Patrick’s church is a cornerstone of the Roxbury community, and its coordination with the Cape Verde Association of Brockton and the MCCA’s Conventions C.A.R.E. program shows a dedication to helping those in need. Built in 1836, the church has a history of offering support and care to immigrants who often faced biases in the larger community. Today, it continues that tradition by welcoming new members of the community and immigrants to their parish, providing help to those with hardships.
About the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA)
The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority owns and oversees the operations of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center, the MassMutual Center in Springfield, MA and the Boston Common Parking Garage. The BCEC and Hynes have earned a rare gold standard from the International Association of Congress Centres (AIPC), making Boston only the fourth city in North America and the 12th worldwide to have been awarded this top standard, the highest certification level a convention facility can achieve under strict AIPC guidelines
Dec 11, 2015
David M. Gibbons named Executive Director of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority
Boston, MA (December 11, 2015) The Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) today voted to appoint longtime hospitality executive, David M. Gibbons of Rockport, Mass., as its Executive Director. Gibbons becomes the third leader in the history of the MCCA. His 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. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center in Boston’s Back Bay, the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass. and the 1,350-space Boston Common Parking Garage.
“David brings a very unique leadership skillset that matches with our plans for growing the MCCA brand globally." said John McDonnell, Chairman of the Selection Committee and MCCA Board and Managing Director International of Fifth Generation, Inc., Tito’s Handmade Vodka. "He has a proven track record as an innovator, team builder and positive change agent. He knows how to take established facilities and bring them to new levels of success."
Gibbons has spent 30 years in leadership roles in the hospitality industry. He has held the role of general manager at Swissotel (Boston), The Drake (New York City), and the Taj Boston. Gibbons is highly regarded for his leadership experience in operations, food and beverage, finance, labor relations, and overall general management. He is also a former chairman of the Massachusetts Lodging Association and was awarded General Manager of the Year by the association.
“Thank you to Chairman McDonnell, the search committee and the full board for entrusting me with this enormous responsibility," said Gibbons. "I look forward to working with the Governor Baker, Mayor Walsh, Mayor Sarno, and the many other important stakeholders across Massachusetts to enhance the MCCA's role in the convention industry and lead the authority towards a self-sustainable business model.”
“I am pleased to welcome David to the MCCA,” said Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker. “As a former hospitality executive and head of the Massachusetts Lodging Association, David brings the leadership experience and credentials needed to maintain a thriving convention and tourism industry in Massachusetts.”
The Board assembled a Selection Committee comprised of five board members: board chairman, John McDonnell; Massachusetts Executive Office for Administration & Finance Secretary, Kristen Lepore; Amy Lattimer; Michelle Consalvo; and David Sweeney. Led by Korn Ferry, the group reviewed or discussed over 100 resumes, and conducted several interviews before coming to consensus to present Gibbons as the new leader of the MCCA.
Fred Peterson, the MCCA’s Director of Facilities Operations, has served as interim executive director since July 1, 2015. He will return to this role with the Authority upon Gibbons assuming the executive role on January 4, 2016. "We greatly appreciate Fred for stepping up and leading the MCCA as the interim executive director, and are pleased that he will remain in a leadership role within the organization,” said McDonnell.