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FOR CONVENTION CENTERS, BOSTON SERVES AS SAFETY ACT TEMPLATE

With the worst days of the coronavirus pandemic receding, more convention centers are expected to seek U.S. Department of Homeland Security SAFETY Act awards, and in the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, the first convention center to achieve the designation, they have a template for navigating the process.

 

The SAFETY acronym stands for “Support Anti-Terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies” and the act went into effect in 2007. It gives facilities the opportunity to limit their liability in the event of a terror attack, as long as specific risk mitigation measures are taken and documented.

 

Officials with the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, which owns and oversees the operation of the BCEC, had originally sought to achieve SAFETY Act awards for all five of the venues in its purview, which in addition to the MassMutual Center in Springfield, also includes Boston’s John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center, The Lawn on D outdoor event space, and the Boston Common Garage, a 1,000-space underground lot that Nate Little, the MCCA’s director of communications and external relations, says kept operations afloat amid the COVID shutdown.

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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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FOR CONVENTION CENTERS, BOSTON SERVES AS SAFETY ACT TEMPLATE

With the worst days of the coronavirus pandemic receding, more convention centers are expected to seek U.S. Department of Homeland Security SAFETY Act awards, and in the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, the first convention center to achieve the designation, they have a template for navigating the process.

 

The SAFETY acronym stands for “Support Anti-Terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies” and the act went into effect in 2007. It gives facilities the opportunity to limit their liability in the event of a terror attack, as long as specific risk mitigation measures are taken and documented.

 

Officials with the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, which owns and oversees the operation of the BCEC, had originally sought to achieve SAFETY Act awards for all five of the venues in its purview, which in addition to the MassMutual Center in Springfield, also includes Boston’s John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center, The Lawn on D outdoor event space, and the Boston Common Garage, a 1,000-space underground lot that Nate Little, the MCCA’s director of communications and external relations, says kept operations afloat amid the COVID shutdown.

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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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Volunteers pack 18,000 Thanksgiving grocery bags for families in need

The United Way this week is running its 22nd annual Thanksgiving project to pack and distribute food to more people than ever before, underscoring the rising cost of food and the growing need in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Volunteers are packing 18,000 bags of groceries — 3,000 more than last year — at the Hynes Convention Center, where the holiday fixings fill a huge conference room the size of a section of a stadium.

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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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