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In the Crowd at HubSpot’s INBOUND Conference

Speaking in front of a crowd of thousands at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, HubSpot CEO and co-founder Brian Halligan announced that he had a new thesis. The word “disrupt,” he said, is “heavily overused and heavily under-understood.” Yet, there’s a new class of startups that have managed to truly disrupt. They’re not disrupting whole industries—they’re disrupting individual experiences. “They’re a new species,” Halligan said. “I call that species ‘experience disruptors.'” Members of this new species? Slack, Square, Stripe, LinkedIn…

Gov. Charlie Baker touts grants, teases legislation at biotech conference

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker announced to a biotech conference Monday that the state would be investing $6.7 million in capital funding into nine projects focused on imaging, cancer, neuroscience and drug discovery research, and foreshadowed legislation furthering efforts to create a digital health record database. Baker dropped by the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council's digital health conference at the Intercontinental hotel to talk up Massachusetts's role in the growing digital health field. Massachusetts is "an ideal location for digital health firms" because of health institutions, academic research and development centers and access to venture capital, Baker said. McKinsey estimates the…

Springfield Thunderbirds release promotional schedule for 2019-20 season

SPRINGFIELD – The Springfield Thunderbirds, proud AHL affiliate of the Florida Panthers, today announced their exciting promotions and theme nights for the 2019-20 season, presented by MGM Springfield. Following a historic 2018-19 season that saw the Thunderbirds once again eclipse franchise attendance records and host the AHL All-Star Classic, the team will look to build upon signature nights while continuing to cultivate new and exciting promotional game night experiences for fans of all ages. The fourth season of Springfield Thunderbirds hockey begins on Saturday, Oct. 5 for Opening Night presented by MGM Springfield. In the team’s annual tradition, fans…

The Harbor can give us a way out of gridlock

When a power blackout hit New York City last month, some courageous citizens took it upon themselves to direct traffic at cross streets for hours at a time. When government resources falter, it’s only natural for support to come from private citizens. That’s OK for the short term, but not forever. Here in Boston, private dollars are going toward transportation services that should be government’s responsibility. Traffic is so bad in downtown Boston that a group of businesses, led by the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, is ferrying commuters from North Station to the Seaport…

John Travolta among Boston Fan Expo guests

John Travolta, of “Grease and “Pulp Fiction” fame, showed up at this year’s Boston Fan Expo. The actor swung into the annual pop-culture convention on Sunday afternoon, speaking from the show floor’s main stage at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in the Seaport. Travolta’s latest film, “The Fanatic,” had screened at the expo the night before (two weeks ahead of its Aug. 30 release), and his in-person appearance — the actor’s first-ever at a fan convention — was arranged to support it. Welcomed onto the stage by…

Massachusetts Convention Center Authority announces new GM

The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) has announced that Diane DiAntonio (pictured) has been promoted to the position of General Manager. She will replace Joyce Leveston who is leaving the MCCA to join Spectra as the company’s new Senior Vice-President of Convention Centers. DiAntonio had been serving as Assistant General Manager for the past year with a primary focus on operations at the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center in Boston’s Back Bay. She has been with the MCCA for nearly 20 years working in multiple leadership positions in Event Services, where she started her career…

Boston Police Department welcomes 115 new officers to the force

Stephanie Villegas-Hoag said getting her police badge pinned on her uniform Wednesday was “an incredible feeling.” It was a day that she and her fellow officers had been looking forward to since they started at the Boston Police Academy in December. “It’s been a long journey,” she said. Villegas-Hoag, 30, previously spent eight years in the Army and served overseas in Afghanistan, Jordan, and Lebanon. After being sworn in as one of Boston’s newest police officers, she’s now looking forward to getting to work in the city and “the chance…

Security Lesson Learned - Boston

As an owner, operator, event manager, security chief, or attendee, imagine how prepared are you to respond to an emergency at your venue during your biggest annual event? Is your team ready to confront the unthinkable – a mass casualty situation at your venue? One that required an overwhelming response from local, state, and federal law enforcement, first responders, followed by the full alphabet soup of government agencies and local media that becomes national media and a global news story as fast video from a smart phone can travel. On March 22, after more than two years of preparation, the Massachusetts…

Back Bay Logan Express riders will pay less and get security line perks starting May 1

Travelers will save money when they ride the Back Bay Logan Express to and from the airport beginning May 1, and also enjoy security line privileges at Logan Airport, Massport announced on Wednesday. All riders will pay $3 instead of $7.50 for a trip to Logan Airport, according to the statement, and riders traveling out of Logan will pay nothing at all. Currently, riders with a valid MBTA pass pay $3 each way, and everyone else pays $7.50 each way. What’s more, passengers riding the Back Bay Logan Express bus to the airport “will get ahead of the security line when…

Massport announces changes to Boston Logan Express service

There are big changes for travelers that use Logan Express in Boston, Massport said Wednesday. The service is moving its pickup and drop-off sites from Copley Square to just outside the MBTA’s Back Bay station. The change will go into effect May 1. “As of May 1, passengers who take the Back Bay LEX will get ahead of the security line when they arrive at Logan. The fee will also drop from $7.50 to $3 for a ride to the airport, and free from Logan to Back Bay,” Massport said. Back Bay Logan Express buses are scheduled every 20 minutes daily.…

Convention Center Operator Prepares for Active Shooter Scenario

For the past 12 years, Rob Noonan has spent each day keeping people and information safe. As the chief of public safety and the chief information security officer at the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA), Noonan has made potential threats a top priority. However, his worries were not often shared by event organizers. “Flash back 12 years ago, we might have gotten one or two clients each year where security concerns were a big issue,” Noonan told Convene. “It was often an afterthought. As a number of tragic situations have occurred worldwide, it has become clear that certain…

Java-ganza! Baristas converge on Boston to compete in world championship

Harry Mole’s game face was on. Dressed to compete in a brown leather apron with metal spikes on the strap around his neck, he had a punk rock look as he stood before a panel of judges to show off his barista skills. His goal: to make them the best espresso drink they’d ever tasted. “I’ve created a rose hydro floral,” he said, explaining one of the ingredients in his signature beverage. “I made this by simmering a dozen Ethiopian rose petals for three hours.” The judges — also wearing…

Lured to Gloucester: Virginia business comes to buy haddock after expo visit

When executives at Gloucester-based Intershell Inc. decided to ramp up the company’s presence at the Seafood Expo North America in March, they hoped at the very least to develop new relationships that could slingshot into additional sales. Intershell did strong business during the three days the vast show ran at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in South Boston, shipping orders to new customers stretching from New York to Texas. Now it can add the bustling burg of Spotsylvania, Virginia, to the list of new out-of-state clients. Intershell has entered into an agreement with the Spotsylvania-based Van Cleve…

'Dallas Office Park By The Sea' No More: Seaport Developers Discuss How To Continue Winning Streak Read more at: https://www.bi

“Our focus on creating a real neighborhood is paramount,” WS Development Senior Vice President Yanni Tsipis said. “For us, the Seaport isn’t just about building buildings. It’s about creating a rich public realm between the buildings where people experience the neighborhood every day.”  Chatter of the Seaport having as much charm as “a Dallas office park by the sea” has dissipated in the last year as newer mixed-use projects, many developed by WS, have delivered and brought more street-level activity to the area. The neighborhood previously blanketed by parking…

Women Leaders on ‘Getting it Done’ in Male-Dominated Industries

“Getting it done.” It’s something everyone needs to figure out when it comes to their job. But those words take on particular resonance for many women as they juggle work-life balance, and especially if they chart a leadership path in industries dominated by men. “For me, ‘getting it done’ means doing whatever it takes to get it done and making yourself a part of that process, no matter what level that is at,” said Martha Sheridan, president and CEO of the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau (GBCVB), speaking at…

Why Diversity In The Workplace Is Our Best Future

When I think of our best future, I am reminded of our best selves. A shared and collaborative unit that requires different opinions, preferences, and experiences. A place where knowledge and experiences are sought out, celebrated, and embraced. You see, diversity is NOT about compliance and being transactional. It is not about tolerance, sensitivity, or giving special treatment to a certain group of people. Instead, it is important to understand that diversity is proactive and transformational. In fact, strong evidence supports this understanding. The evidence reveals that diverse teams often out-perform homogeneous ones. That inclusive teams are two times as…

Seaport ferries get a boost

You can’t blame commuters for skipping the new ferry between North Station and the Seaport — not when it costs $12, plus a $1 ticketing fee, to travel 1.5 miles. But $5 for a one-way ticket, fee included? Now we’re talking. The Seaport companies that fund the ferry — it’s essentially a service for their employees — unveiled the more reasonable price for the public on Tuesday, taking effect April 1. Meanwhile, nonprofit Boston Harbor Now is gearing up to pitch state officials on Thursday about two ferry routes: one linking several inner harbor…

INSIDE OPERATION VANGUARD, BOSTON CONVENTION CENTER’S MASSIVE SECURITY DRILL

For any event organizer worth his or her salt, safety and security is always top of mind. In light of last week’s tragedy in New Zealand and today’s in the Netherlands, as well as many others — including the Las Vegas shooting outside Mandalay Bay in October 2017 — having an action plan in place in event of a security threat has never been more important.   Demonstrating this fact, Massachusetts Convention Center Authority will host the one of the industry’s largest, most comprehensive active shooter exercises to date at Boston Convention & Exhibition Center…

Making mark at Seafood Expo

BOSTON — By any conjurable measure, things seemed to be going pretty well for the sons and daughters of Gloucester as the second day the cavernous Seafood Expo North America approached high noon on Monday. The traffic by and around the Gloucester Fresh booth was strong and folks appeared interested in what America’s oldest commercial seaport had to offer beyond the 2,000 lobster arancini that chef Todd Snopkowski and his SnapChef staff handrolled and handed out for the asking. “We’ve really had a really good two days,” said Sal Di Stefano, the city&rsquo…

Madison Park culinary students set to take their goods on the road

Roxbury’s Madison Park Vocational Technical High School, the only public school in the city that offers a culinary arts program, recently became the only school in the region to open a restaurant on wheels. The latest addition to the Madison Park culinary program, a shiny new 18-foot-long food truck, made its first public appearance last Tuesday at the New England Food Show at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC). The custom-painted truck, acquired by the school with the help of a state grant, is a tool that instructor/chef Tonia Larkins hopes will provide new opportunities for…

The NAACP Will Hold its 2020 Convention in Boston

Boston will host civil rights leaders from around the country next year as host of the NAACP’s 2020 convention, the national organization said Monday. In a release, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People said it chose Boston as the site of its 111th annual gathering, noting that the city was “home to one of the association’s earliest conferences in 1911 and the Boston Branch remains one of the strongest branches in the nation.” It’s slated to take place in July at the Boston Convention…

Thunderbirds to host annual 'Pink in the Rink' game Saturday

SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- The Springfield Thunderbirds will host their third annual 'Pink in the Rink' night this Saturday. The special event honors local breast cancer survivors and helps to raise awareness of the disease. The MassMutual Center is already looking pretty in pink for Saturday's 'Pink in the Rink' game against the Hartford Wolf Pack. All the hard work is for a special night that will honor brave women and men who have been affected by breast cancer. "So that night, we'll have survivors on the ice to be recognized for their fight and the battle…

The Most Anticipated Tourism Developments in Massachusetts for 2019 and Beyond

In December 2018, I paid a farewell visit to Greater Boston CVB President and CEO Pat Moscaritolo ahead of his retirement this Valentine’s Day after 28 years in the role. He is a native East Bostonian and joined the bureau in 1991. That was after serving as director of Logan International Airport and preceding influential roles in economic development. Hometown passion inspired his distinguished career. “I most loved working with so many remarkable people through the years,” Moscaritolo said. “In terms of accomplishments, we had 12,800 hotel rooms in 1991. Today, it’s 23,680, with 3,000-plus…

Donate your prom dress to Caring Partners' Belle of the Ball

Prom season is on the minds of high school girls throughout Massachusetts, a stressful season for those with limited financial resources. Social media peer pressure and pop culture can turn a typically memorable milestone into a crisis point for young women in crisis. Celebrating its 15th year, Caring Partners' "Belle of the Ball" prom dress drive transforms high school junior and senior girls through the generosity of donors, sponsors and volunteers -- true Caring Partners collaborating to help any girl who needs a prom dress due to financial constraints. Starting February 4, 2019 and running through March 30th, simply drop off your…

AHL All-Star Classic in Springfield 'a true testament to our community'

SPRINGFIELD -- Three years ago, the city appeared to lose its AHL franchise for good. Now, for the first time in league history, Springfield will host the 2019 Lexus AHL All-Star Classic on Sunday, Jan. 27, and Monday, Jan. 28, at the MassMutual Center. The skill competition takes place Sunday at 7 p.m., followed by the All-Star Challenge Monday, also at 7 p.m. "If I had told you back when we purchased the team and brought them back to Springfield that we were going to host the All-Star game in our third year, I wouldn't have believed you," …

Boston will get a new ferry soon, but only for some people

There’s a new public transit service coming to Boston Harbor. Sort of. Later this month, ferries will begin shuttling commuters between Lovejoy Wharf near North Station and Fan Pier in the transit-starved Seaport District, with trips every 20 minutes during rush hour. The service will be run by Bay State Cruise Co. under a $2.2 million contract with the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, which is taking the unusual role of overseeing the one-year pilot program for a group of Seaport companies and landlords. But to start, the ferries will be off-limits to members of the general public. In the first…

Revolutionary New Opportunities Await Greater Boston’s Group Market

On October 1, 1768, British troops commenced their oppressive occupation of Boston. Seven years later, at the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the “shot heard around the world” ignited the American fight for independence. Over Columbus Day weekend 2018, 150 Redcoat reenactors “occupied” the city’s streets, restaurants, bars and hotel lobbies before camping overnight on Boston Common.

Launch of Seaport ferry service delayed to 2019

The employer-funded ferry service connecting North Station with the Seaport District is now expected to launch early next year, not this fall as previously anticipated. The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority proposed the ferry service last year in an effort to avoid traffic that builds up between North Station and the Seaport during rush hour. The MCCA would oversee the service, but it would be funded by major businesses in the Seaport, whose employees would be able to take the ferry rather than the corporate-sponsored bus shuttles now used. Earlier this year, MCCA officials had targeted August or September…

Big venue security panel formed

In light of mass shootings and tragic events happening across the country and world, Gov. Charlie Baker, alongside public safety leaders, is creating a task force made up of statewide security experts charged with making sure large venues like concert halls and sports stadiums are safe and prepared for any risk, officials announced. “Public safety will always be our top priority and forming this task force will inform future decisions to enhance security while maintaining everyone’s ability to enjoy a game, concert or conference,” Baker announced.

Lawn on D celebrates flannel, fitness and fun

It may be after Labor Day, but summer isn’t over at the Lawn on D. The Lawn is rolling out the family fun for weeks to come. We’re just dressing a little warmer these days, and if you dig that old flannel shirt out of your closet, you can even help the Lawn set a world rec­ord on “Flannel Friday.” Sponsored by Harpoon Brewery — which has brought back its fall-themed ale called Flannel Friday — the Lawn will award prizes for the best and most creative flannel getups (including tickets to…

Baker amends short-term rental bill

Would exempt those who rent units less than 14 days a year

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER returned the Legislature’s bill to tax and regulate short-term rentals on Wednesday, waiting until the day after the House and Senate adjourned formal sessions for the year to propose an amendment that would exempt homeowners that rent out their units for fewer than 14 days a year. The governor is also proposing to limit the amount of information that will be made available through a new public registry of short-term rental housing units, and says changes to the definition of a short-term rental must be made in order not to violate the terms of the…

Blue Man Group Contest Rocks Lawn on D

The site of a flash mob became Lawn on D when its festivities commenced this past Saturday, including more lawn games than usual, rock climbing, ice skating, giant collision space balls, and the fifth annual Blue Man Groups drumming contest for participants to get an opportunity to join the Blue Man Group in performance onstage. Tyler Peterson from Marblehead was the winner in a knock down drag out drumming battle between five participants, and also won over $6,000 in prizes that included a DW drum kit, Sabian cymbals, Vic Firth sticks- plus tickets and prizes from Blue Man Group. But perhaps…

Boston’s Green Line Extension project on track with federal grant

The Green Line Extension (GLX) project aiming to launch nearly 5 miles of light-rail service between Cambridge and Medford in 2022 yesterday received a $225 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration to keep the endeavor rolling forward.   The grant is the second installment of a $996 million Full Funding Grant Agreement the FTA signed with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.   “The Green Line Extension project will improve mobility, access to jobs, schools and the quality of life for tens of thousands of passengers in the Boston area,” Chao said.   Williams, noting 75,000 people live along the future GLX light-rail…

MGM Resorts recognized as one of the top community-minded companies in the nation

MGM Resorts International has been recognized for its dedication to volunteer service.  The company has named an honoree of the 2018 Civic 50, which recognizes corporations that dedicate time and resources to volunteerism.  MGM, which is headquartered in Las Vegas, is opening a $960 million resort casino project in downtown Springfield in two months. "From the start, MGM Springfield has integrated itself into the fabric of the city and the broader western Massachusetts region and Commonwealth," Saverio Mancini, director of communications for MGM Springfield said of the recognition.  MGM was awarded a gaming license to operate in Massachusetts…

MGM Springfield gets the green light to serve alcohol until 4 a.m.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted Thursday to allow MGM Springfield to serve alcohol until 4 a.m. on the casino floor. By a 4-1 vote, the commission approved the casino’s beverage license application, the panel said in a statement. The $960 million casino is slated to open Aug. 24. The approval was granted with several conditions, including a review of the casino’s beverage license three months after it opens. The commission also gave Ed Bedrosian, its executive director, immediate authority to “intervene on any issues and, if necessary, the ability to suspend or further condition the license.” …

Wynn Resorts' New CEO Faces Test With $2.5 Billion Boston Project

Since Matt Maddox took over as CEO of Wynn Resorts Limited (NASDAQ:WYNN) earlier this year, the company has gone through a rapid transformation. Founder and former CEO Steve Wynn was ousted and sold all of his shares, Maddox scaled back expansion plans in Las Vegas to focus on Asia, and the company is powering forward on its next resort near downtown Boston.   It's the Boston resort that could be Maddox's biggest challenge over the next year. A new lawsuit has popped up and regulators are still looking into Steve Wynn's sexual misconduct allegations and how…

'It was great': Now arriving, the first batch of CTrail Hartford Line weekday riders at Springfield's Union Station

SPRINGFIELD -- Marcello Toro took Monday what he hopes was the first of many trips on CTrail and the Hartford Line from Hartford to Springfield's Union Station.   Toro took the 12:26 p.m. train Monday from Hartford and arrived at 1:05 p.m. - five minutes ahead of schedule - for a 2 p.m. job interview with MGM Springfield at the MassMutual Center.   If he gets his job as a line cook at the $960 million resort casino that opens Aug. 24, Toro said he hopes to use CTrail for his daily commute into work.   "It was great," he said. …

JOYCE LEVESTON TAPPED AS GENERAL MANAGER FOR BOSTON’S BCEC AND HYNES

The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority has hired Joyce Leveston as General Manager to oversee Boston’s Hynes Convention Center and Boston Convention & Exhibitions Center. She begins her new role July 16. “It is a privilege and an honor to be welcomed into the MCCA family. I look forward to supporting the vision and growth of such well respected professionals in the industry,” said Joyce Leveston. She added, “It is my intention to build on Boston’s outstanding industry reputation for customer service excellence as we welcome and host visitors from around the world to the…

BU, Johnson & Johnson team up to seek earlier detection of lung cancer

Despite the remarkable progress that medicine has made treating some varieties of cancer, one common form remains nearly as deadly as it was four decades ago: lung cancer.   The five-year survival rate is 17.8 percent today, according to medical experts, not much better than it was in 1977, when it was 13 percent. The disease is the leading cause of cancer death in men and women in the United States, killing about 154,000 people each year, more than those who die from breast, colorectal, and prostate cancer combined.   On Wednesday, Boston University and the health care giant Johnson & Johnson announced a…

Baker reaffirms his support for state spending on biotech

Governor Charlie Baker reaffirmed his support for public spending to help the Massachusetts biotech industry, in a speech at the industry’s largest annual convention Tuesday.   Baker said the state has spent $650 million over about a decade to boost biotech, spurring $4.3 billion in economic activity. The Republican governor has proposed up to $500 million in additional spending over the next five years for the industry, which represents companies that develop treatments and cures for a range of diseases.   The new state funding, which still needs legislative approval, would include capital projects and tax credits and would be managed…

See the $550 million Omni hotel planned for Boston's Seaport

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh this week joined executives from Omni Hotels and Resorts to break ground on another hotel in the city's Seaport District. When the $500 million hotel opens in 2020, it'll be the city's fourth largest, with 1,055 guest rooms and 52 suites at the top of the 21 floors. The pool deck will offer views of Boston Harbor and Logan Airport in the distance. Omni executive also plan an "all-day restaurant and collaborative workspace," as well as a French brasserie and boulangerie. The hotel will also have 100,000 square feet of meeting and event…

100 days from MGM Springfield's grand opening, $960 million casino nears completion (photos, video)

SPRINGFIELD- With just 100 days until MGM Resorts International opens the doors to its $960 million casino in downtown Springfield, construction on the site is ongoing, with new details of the massive structure being revealed daily.  Historic facades from the site's previous structures have been recreated or retained, to give the 14.5 acre site abutted by the South End and downtown areas a touch of flare reminiscent of days gone by, within the state-of-the-art entertainment and gambling complex. Inside the casino, aspects of the region's history and culture, ranging from Dr. Seuss and Emily Dickinson to Indian…

Amazon at home in Boston digs

Amazon unveiled a new office in Boston’s Fort Point for nearly 1,000 employees, the latest step in the tech giant’s ongoing expansion in the city. “What we’re really looking at is where can we hire the people we want to hire?” said Mike Touloumtzis, the head of Amazon’s offices in Cambridge and Boston. “They’re here.” The new office takes up six floors at 27 Melcher St., more than 150,000 square feet. Each floor includes a transportation-related theme, and is centered on ways Amazon packages make their way to customers.…

Springfield City Council funds Union Station's $145,606 deficit, with some worrying about 'perpetual cycle' of city bailouts

SPRINGFIELD -- The City Council approved $145,606 in supplemental funds for Union Station's operational budget Monday night to prevent a deficit in its first year of operation. Some councilors, however, said they remain concerned about the amount of city subsidies that might be needed in future years. The vote occurred as the historic Union Station nears its one-year anniversary, having reopened last June following a $95 million restoration on Frank B. Murray Street. Councilor Jesse Lederman said he understands the importance of the station to the city and region, but is concerned if the city subsidy will be "perpetual." Councilor Marcus…

5 things we can do to fix Seaport District traffic

Five years ago, I wrote a column about how the Seaport District may choke on its own traffic if we didn’t do something about it. And that was before General Electric, Amazon, and a bunch of other companies decided to set up shop in the South Boston Waterfront. Back then, we were already complaining about the bumper-to-bumper traffic along the main spine of Seaport Boulevard during rush hour. Now, other main arteries such as A Street get clogged as well, and the Silver Line continues to struggle to handle the evening commute. What have city…

SHA Students Get the Message Out by Video, Instagram—and Cowboy

Helping real-world clients with hospitality marketing

Hand your business marketing over to a bunch of college students? That’d be crazy, right? Maybe not. Since 2015, hospitality businesses large and small have been turning to students in Leora Lanz’s classes at the School of Hospitality Administration for help with their marketing challenges. They have not quite handed over the reins, but they have been asking the students in the Hospitality Strategic Marketing class to suggest new messaging, advertising, outreach, and online approaches. Why? “Fresh ideas,” says Lanz (COM’87), an SHA lecturer. Smart businesses value new perspectives from young,…

Amazon to deliver on Seaport jobs

Amazon is bringing thousands of jobs to Boston, but it isn’t the much-vaunted second headquarters yet. The Seattle company will add 2,000 jobs in a new office tower in the Seaport — and get $55 million in tax and other incentives from the city and state — but it’s unclear what the decision means for Boston’s chances of landing Amazon’s massive second headquarters. “Amazon is excited to create 2,000 more jobs in Greater Boston,” said Rohit Prasad, Amazon’s vice president and head scientist of Amazon Alexa, in a statement. “In…

There were nearly 100,000 Uber and Lyft rides per day in Boston last year

It’s not your imagination: There are an awful lot of Uber and Lyft cars in Boston traffic. The ride-hailing companies provided nearly 35 million trips in Boston in 2017, or an average of about 96,000 every day, according to data released by Massachusetts officials Tuesday. Boston accounted for more than half of the 65 million rides Uber and Lyft provided across all of Massachusetts last year, according to data the Department of Public Utilities collected from the ride-hailing companies under a new state law regulating the industry. Every minute in the city there were, on average, 67 Uber and Lyft rides underway. &ldquo…

Lawn on D swings into spring with a packed lineup

Right on time for the warmer weather — which we hope is here to stay — the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority’s Lawn on D is swinging open its gates for a fifth season on Tuesday. The popular outdoor hangout will host a wide array of events this season, from returning favorites (Guinness & Oyster Fest) to new festivities. The Lawn on D season will kick off with a Cinco de Mayo celebration on Friday and Saturday, featuring a lineup of Latin and Mariachi bands to start things off right. Along with various food fests, live music,…

Springfield casino to open early

MGM, the subject of rumors involving an acquisition of Wynn Boston Harbor, said it will open its Springfield casino in August, a month earlier than expected — a move Springfield officials say is a sign the company is planning on sticking around. “I look forward to working with MGM Springfield for many years to come,” said Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno. “They’re a world-class company and an outstanding corporate citizen. I deeply appreciate their belief and investment in our Springfield.” In a statement, Sarno said MGM president Bill Hornbuckle was in Springfield earlier this week,…

First class from casino training institute graduates

SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) - A group of students is one step closer to dealing blackjack at the highly anticipated MGM Springfield casino.  The first graduating class of the casino's gaming school was honored in Springfield today, as the countdown to the casino's opening draws near.   Celebrations are in store for 60 potential blackjack dealers - the first class of graduates from MGM's gaming school. "I'm looking forward to moving on with the company, hopefully being hired by MGM," said Diane Garvey. It's all part of the Massachusetts Casino Career Training Institute, which…

Why isn’t the Boston Marathon expo at the Hynes Convention Center this year?

The 2018 Boston Marathon expo will be a bit farther from the finish line. Normally held at the Hynes Convention Center, the John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo will be held instead this year at the Seaport World Trade Center. The annual pre-race expo is open to the public and draws more than 100,000 attendees, including about 30,000 marathon entrants who will pick up their bibs, Friday, April 13, to Sunday, April 15. But why the change of location? Nate Little, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, which oversees the Hynes, said that another client had simply pre-booked the convention center. Indeed, the…

A wave of new hip hotels is headed for long-overlooked corners of Boston

Robin Brown spent 14 years managing the Four Seasons. Then he developed the Mandarin Oriental. The man knows fine lodging. Now he’s overseeing the transformation of the old Days Hotel, a dumpy motor inn on Soldiers Field Road, into a bright, bold, arts-themed boutique named Studio Allston. “It’s like you’re going through an art gallery,” an excited Brown said as he showed a guest room bedecked with huge red owls on the wall above the bed. “We’ve got 28 distinct rooms. We’ll try to get everyone to stay 28 times.…

A whiteout outside; an ocean-themed fish convention inside

As the wind whipped snow into drifts along Summer Street, few ventured out in the Seaport District on Tuesday. Except for the fish people. They persisted, like salmon swimming upstream, flooding the floor of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center Tuesday for the last day of the annual Seafood Expo. It was a bit disorienting: a whiteout outside, while indoors, ocean waves and sunshine filled large video screens. Scantily clad showgirls offered samples of smoked salmon and grilled octopus on toothpicks. International fish saleswomen and men, dressed in slick suits, traded business cards as they dug into tiny portions of…

Developer seeks higher rebuild on old Garden site

Developers of the Hub on Causeway project want to add an occupiable roof deck and seven enclosed two-story balconies to the design of a previously approved office tower slated for the former Boston Garden site at North Station. The roof deck and proposed higher floor-to-ceiling expanses would increase the building’s height to up to 495 feet — a 75-foot increase per the Boston zoning code since the project was permitted in 2013, according to a notice of project change submitted to the Boston Planning & Development Agency. “The current proposed office tower has been reimagined to respond to a…

Who is hosting the 2018 St. Patrick's Day breakfast in South Boston?

Massachusetts state Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry's departure for a job at Suffolk Construction shocked lawmakers and close political watchers at the Statehouse. As talk quickly turned to who will replace her through an upcoming special election, another pressing question surfaced: Who will host the annual St. Patrick's Day breakfast/roast in South Boston? The long-running breakfast, which takes place the same day as the St. Patrick's Day parade and has been around in some form since the 1930s, is set for Sunday, March 18. The event will get two hosts this year. Congressman Stephen Lynch and City Councilor…

MassMutual plans new office on waterfront

Springfield-based insurance company MassMutual is closing some of its offices around the country and consolidating in Massachusetts, investing nearly $300 million to renovate its headquarters and build new offices on the South Boston waterfront. “Our home state of Massachusetts is the best place for us to grow and thrive over the long term,” said Roger Crandall, chief executive of MassMutual. “As we evolve, a stronger Boston presence immerses us in a booming financial and digital economy and provides us with an enhanced opportunity to recruit innovators from the area’s deep and diverse talent pool.” Massachusetts…

Eight groups vie for prime space in the Seaport

Eight groups are vying for 13,166 square feet of cut-rate civic/cultural space in a prime Seaport District building on the South Boston waterfront. Boston Center for the Arts, Cross Cultural Collective (C3), GrubStreet, HUBWeek, Kadence Arts, Massachusetts Fallen Heroes, Medicine Wheel Productions and the South Boston Arts Association have submitted proposals for the space at 50 Liberty, the Fallon Co.’s new luxury condo building on Fan Pier. Boston Center for the Arts wants to create an arts center with a laboratory and exhibition venue for artists to create and present new work, a makerspace and 10 or more project rooms…

Downtown Springfield Korean restaurant has big hopes and new liquor license for 2018

SPRINGFIELD -- Sun Young Kim has been serving Korean style food from a mobile truck since 2013, has expanded her business to a downtown restaurant she opened in April and now is expecting to expand her restaurant's hours with a new liquor license. The city's License Commission in a meeting last week voted unanimously to grant a beer and wine license for Kim's restaurant, Sun Kim Bop, located at 1244 Main St. The restaurant is across the street from the MassMutual Center and less than a block from the MGM Springfield casino under construction. The restaurant serves breakfast and…

Dispute over planned Seaport condo tower is settled

A luxury condominium tower on Seaport Boulevard will break ground this spring after environmental advocates agreed to drop a lawsuit challenging the project, in exchange for $13.1 million in funding for a waterfront park, a public dock, and children’s programming. The Conservation Law Foundation hailed the deal with developer Jon Cronin as a win in its push to make the waterfront more accessible. It was the result of months of behind-the-scenes negotiating while the two sides faced off in court. The group had sued over a zoning plan for the 22-story building, saying it would wall off a key…

Officials speak with Amazon; aviation company eyeing Harbor flights

City Hall officials spoke with Amazon executives yesterday about next steps as the online retail giant narrows down the 20 finalists for its second North American headquarters — while a seaplane company is eyeing Boston Harbor service that could help the city fulfill its bid transportation promises. Yesterday’s talks marked the first official conversation since Amazon named Boston one of the 20 finalists to host its second headquarters, City Hall officials confirmed. They did not elaborate on what was discussed. A spokeswoman for state Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash did not comment on whether Ash took part in…

Marty Walsh eyes city housing restrictions

Mayor Martin J. Walsh is proposing restrictions on web-based room rentals and a city councilor is calling for a hearing on potential taxes for foreign speculators and developers who flip housing — but a real estate expert said it would be a “serious mistake” to start taxing foreign investment. Walsh wants to require landlords of short-term rentals, such as those listed on Airbnb, to pay yearly fees to the city and limit how often they can rent out their properties — allowing someone who lives in a home to rent out a room all year, while limiting absentee…

MGM Springfield seeks to aid Puerto Rico evacuees with job opportunities

SPRINGFIELD - MGM Springfield is striving to provide employment opportunities to people who relocated to Western Massachusetts after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, a spokesman said Thursday. The company is working closely with local career centers to reach out to evacuees about jobs and training at the $960 million casino, MGM Springfield spokesman Saverio Mancini said. The casino is slated to open in September. "MGM is dedicated to supporting the communities we serve," Mancini said. "We stand ready to help the people of Springfield whose families and friends were impacted by the unfortunate situation in Puerto Rico." Hurricane Maria slammed into…

Harvard Square store eyes Seaport location

A longtime Harvard Square specialty food store appears ready to cross the Charles River and open a Boston location. Cardullo’s Gourmet Shoppe, in business since 1950, is seeking an all-alcohol package store license for 101 Seaport Blvd. on the South Boston waterfront, according to a legal notice. A Boston Licensing Board hearing is scheduled for next Wednesday. Cardullo’s Cambridge location at 6 Brattle St. includes a deli offering house-made foods, charcuterie, cheeses, fresh-baked pastries and sandwiches. It also sells other gourmet foods, chocolates, coffee, tea, wine, Champagne, craft beer and specialty gift baskets. Newton residents Kim and Richard Wilson,…

MGM Springfield looking to hire 3,000 people

SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) - MGM's Springfield casino is scheduled to open this fall. Construction is moving right along and so is the process of hiring thousands of employees for the casino. There are lots of jobs and lots to do before everyone is hired. These are busy times for MGM Springfield. Construction continues on the $950 million casino in Springfield's South End. A view from the Western Mass News SkyDrone shows an overview of the casino site and the work that's been done so far. When the casino opens in the fall, MGM will have hired 3,000 employees,…

Cambridge College, MGM Springfield launch hospitality pre-apprenticeship program

SPRINGFIELD -- Cambridge College's Tower Square campus is the first school in Massachusetts certified to offer classroom pre-apprenticeship training in hospitality under a program it designed with the help of MGM Springfield. Apprenticeships as a way of training people for careers make most people think of the construction trades -- for example plumbing, carpentry, steelworking -- said William McKinney, director of the division of labor standards for the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. "We are trying to change that," McKinney said during a press conference Tuesday outside Cambridge College's Tower Square offices. "We are building…

Obama to Speak at Sports Conference Next Month

Former President Barack Obama will be coming back to Boston next month, but this trip doesn't have to do with his daughter at Harvard or receiving any awards at the JFK Library. Obama will be in the area to speak about sports ata conference hosted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Next month marks the 12th annual of the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, held this year Feb. 23 to 24 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Daryl Morey, General Manager of the NBA's Houston Rockets, first announced Obama's appearance on his Twitter, in which he called the 4…

12,000 women, stories of sexual harassment at women’s conference in Boston

The topic of sexual harassment was not officially on the agenda at the Massachusetts Conference for Women, but it was on the minds of many of the 12,000 attendees who flocked to the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center on Thursday. And how could it not be? Even as they met at the largest women’s conference in the nation, Democratic Senator Al Franken was announcing he would resign following allegations of sexual misconduct. The day before, Time magazine had unveiled the “silence breakers” who spoke up about sexual harassment as its “person of the year,” and…

Intercontinental and Harbinger Development sign long term ground lease to develop hotel in Seaport

Boston based Intercontinental Real Estate Corp., a national real estate investment, development, and management firm, has partnered with Harbinger Development in the signing of a long term ground lease with plans to develop a dual branded Hampton by Hilton and Homewood Suites by Hilton at 660 Summer St. in the Seaport District. The proposed hotel will be located within the Raymond L. Flynn Marine Park adjacent to the Design Center and the Cruise Port Terminal, close to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center and Logan International Airport. With plans for more than 400 guestrooms, extended stay brand Homewood Suites and upper midscale…

24,000 attend Greenbuild 2017

More than 24,000 people from around the world attended Greenbuild 2017 earlier this month in Boston. The Boston Society of Architects/AIA, Informa Exhibitions, and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced the results of the 2017 ArchitectureBoston Expo and Greenbuild International Conference and Expo. The weeklong events included an overall attendance of 24,731 and 703 exhibiting companies participating in 169,000 square feet of exhibit and display space on the trade show floor, the organizations reported. The Greenbuild-ABX education programs cumulatively featured more than 300 sessions, tours, summits and workshops in the robust education program and throughout the week, with nearly 100 sold out sessions. Attendees of…

Tower Square Hotel deal with Marriott extended while MassMutual continues effort to sell hotel, office tower, mall

Marriott's deal to manage the 265-room Tower Square Hotel has been extended by two months until at least mid-to-late February, both hotel management and MassMutual, owner of the Tower Square complex, said Monday. "After that, we will transition," said hotel general manager Bill Hess. "Or we could be here after February." Hess declined to say what the next step in that transition might look like, deferring questions on long-term prospects to MassMutual. But the deal means the hotel will stay open and operating and guests will still be able to use the Marriott online and telephone booking system and…

Taking diversion to the next level at the annual Greenbuild expo

Dive Brief: The Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, recently hosted in Boston during the week of Nov. 6, is the latest example that high diversion rates are possible at large-scale events with careful planning. Organized by Informa Exhibitions and presented by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), this process started nearly six months ago with regular communication between staff at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC), local service provider Save That Stuff and other contractors. For exhibitors, this meant strict requirements about the material used to construct and transport their booths. In recent years, the USGBC has stipulated details…

Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair to Return to Back Bay This November

The annual fall gathering for booklovers, the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair, will return to the Hynes Convention Center in Boston's beautiful Back Bay for its 41st year, November 10-12, 2017. More than 120 dealers from the United States, England, France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Denmark, Argentina and Australia will exhibit and sell a vast selection of rare, collectible and antiquarian books, as well as illuminated manuscripts, autographs, maps, atlases, modern first editions, photographs, and fine and decorative prints. One of the oldest and most respected antiquarian book shows in the country, the event offers the top selection of items that are…

Boston's Ferry Service: 'The Best Commute in America'

Commuters aboard the Hingham to Boston Ferry will tell you it's the best commute in America. Compared to a frustrating ride on Rt. 93, the Commuter Rail or the Red Line, commuters aboard the ferry actually look forward to going to work. The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority is planning to expand ferry service next year by launching a rush-hour ferry service between North Station and the South Boston waterfront, which could be up and running as soon as next spring. It will be a public service funded by private companies — whose employees would ride for free. There's no…

MGM Springfield to Host Open House to Launch Career Center

MGM Springfield is set to open its downtown Career Center on Monday, Nov. 13 from 10 a.m. to noon. Special guests, including local elected and city officials and Massachusetts Gaming Commission representatives, have been invited to tour the center, located at 1259 East Columbus Ave., third floor, prior to the general opening. The Career Center will be the location for interviewing, hiring, and onboarding processes for MGM Springfield employees ahead of the property’s fall 2018 opening. Activities at the center will cover all aspects of the hiring process, including targeted outreach sessions, interviews, licensing, and training. Resources will include a 20-seat…

Very green Lawn on D turns profit

The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority has achieved a first for the Lawn on D — profitability. It erased the popular park’s deficit and expects $350,000 in profit after it closes the books on a 2017 season that attracted a record 300,000-plus people to the 2.7-acre, interactive outdoor space on D Street next to the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. “It’s been a good two years that we’ve been able to turn it around,” MCCA executive director David Gibbons said. “I’m immensely pleased. Basically our philosophy is to break it even on…

Greenbuild Advances Its Goal to Becoming a Zero-Waste Event

Meeting planners can learn a lot about sustainable events from next week’s Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, a five-time winner of the IMEX-GMIC Green Meetings award and the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. A predicted 25,000-plus attendees and 800 exhibitors will attend Greenbuild at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC) from Nov. 8 to 10. As you might have guessed, the conference is uber-sustainable, which is made possible through a sustainability pledge that attendees can commit to at registration and onsite at the conference’s Sustainability Hub. The pledge features several guidelines for…

First Pumpkin Palooza was a “smashing” success

For 11 hours last Saturday, from noon to 11 p.m., parents and children alike went down to 420 D St. in South Boston to partake in a more wholesome and family friendly Halloween extravaganza orchestrated by The Lawn on D, powered by Citizens Bank, known as the Pumpkin Palooza.  What could one expect to find at the Pumpkin Palooza? Pumpkins, pumpkin carving stations, pumpkins, pumpkin flavored beverages, more pumpkins and also an entire field stocked with quite literally nothing but hundreds of layered pumpkins. What else was there? Throughout the day, everything from train rides to face painting to even a…

National Book Award winner breathes life into ‘Aeneid,’ a show of rare books

Mr. ‘Aeneid’ Poet, professor, and translator David Ferry was in his 80s when he started working on “The Aeneid,’’ Virgil’s epic about the founding of Rome. He’s spent time with Virgil in the past, publishing translations of “The Eclogues’’ and “The Georgics.’’ Now at 93, his new translation of Virgil’s defining work was just released last month from University of Chicago Press. A Brookline resident, Ferry has taught in BU’s creative-writing program and at Suffolk, and is the Sophie Chantal Hart professor…

Michelle Obama Delivers Powerful Words Aimed at Women

For the first time in far too long, Michelle Obama took the stage to empower women and girls everywhere with her potent words. In Boston on Wednesday, the former First Lady spoke at a marketing conference called Inbound, where she shared her take on the current administration, life after the White House, women’s equality, and even Beyoncé (all discussions should conclude with mention of the Queen, we’ve decided). Obama took a moment to encourage women to make their voices heard. “We think 12 times before we open our mouths—‘Well maybe I&rsquo…

The Story of Fan Pier, a Catalyst for Boston’s Waterfront

In the last decade, Boston’s Seaport District transformed into a modern neighborhood, with glass towers and futuristic cultural and event venues. The new developments, some delivered at the height of the real estate crash, are the result of a collaboration between local and state authorities, private investors and developers, residents and cultural organizations. Joseph Fallon, president of The Fallon Co., revealed the story behind Fan Pier, the project standing at the core of Boston’s southern waterfront. More than 12 years ago, Boston’s southern waterfront was more or less limited to abandoned parking lots with great…

Want a job at MGM Springfield? Casino company launches hiring push ahead of fall 2018 opening

MGM Springfield is launching a push to attract job seekers, as the company prepares to fill thousands of jobs ahead of the $950 million gaming complex's opening in the fall of 2018. The campaign, which already includes billboard, radio, digital and print advertisements and will feature television ads in the coming months, is designed to raise awareness of hundreds of posted job descriptions to local workers, MGM said in a statement. "We want MGM Springfield employees to reflect their community, which will ultimately enrich our property and the customer experience," MGM Resort's Vice President of  Talent and Workforce Development…

MGM announces plans for new casino in southern Connecticut

MGM announced plans on Monday to build a casino in southern Connecticut. MGM Springfield opens about a year, but MGM already has a plan to build another casino in Connecticut. MGM announced plans for a $675 million, shorefront resort casino in Bridgeport, Connecticut. It would include 2,000 slot machines, 160 table games and a 300-room hotel. “We’ve had an interest in doing business in Connecticut for quite some time, as many of you know we have not been shy about talking about that,” said James Murren, CEO of MGM Resorts International. The move comes as MGM is building a…

AAP Annual Meeting in Boston - Event Review

The 103rd Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Periodontology was held Sept. 9 to 12 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, and dental professionals gathered from near and far to partake in a wide range of educational opportunities and to learn more about the latest products and technology. Highlights included an opening general session, titled “On the Edge: The Art of High-Impact Leadership,” in which renowned mountain climber Alison Levine told attendees about climbing Mount Everest and what the experience taught her about leadership. A welcome reception, sponsored by Straumann, was held on the exhibit hall floor, featuring…

Infosecurity North America Conference & Expo Announces New Speakers and Program Additions

Infosecurity Group, the founders of Europe’s no.1 information security event, today announced new speakers and programs being added to the inaugural Infosecurity North America 2017 Expo and Conference, held on October 4-5, 2017 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, Massachusetts. Some of the newly added speakers include top Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) and government officials who will discuss pressing topics in each of the four modules at the event: securing the human factor, privacy, security, governance and risk, combating cyber risks and threats, and building cyber response and resilience. The newly added speaker lineup includes: Jeffrey Tricoli, Section…

Infosecurity Group Announces New Cybersecurity Conference & Expo in North America

Infosecurity Group, producers of Europe’s no.1 information security event, today announced that they are bringing its world-renowned European event to the United States. Infosecurity North America 2017 Expo and Conference will be held October 4-5, 2017 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, Massachusetts. This unique event will focus on bringing together the information security community and end users to discuss how to overcome the most pressing cybersecurity challenges today. “With the growing threat of data breaches and evolving policies and regulations such as the GDPR, it is vital for business to keep up with the latest cyber threats…

EDI CON USA Returns to Boston in Two Weeks with Powerful Education and Keynotes

To add to its high-quality line-up of education, the Electronic Design Innovation Conference and Exhibition (EDI CON) USA, the first industry event to bring together RF/microwave and high-speed digital design engineers and system integrators, announced its plenary keynote speakers at EDI CON USA, September 11-13 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, Mass. EDI CON USA will host more than 100 exhibitors and feature 88 education sessions that fall into five focused areas: RF & Microwave Design, High-Speed Digital Design, Measurement & Modeling, Systems Engineering and 5G Advanced Communications. In addition, EDI CON has a pre-conference training day, Monday September 11, that…

Gondola may solve Seaport’s gridlock

Catching a gondola to soar high above bumper-to-bumper traffic in the city’s booming Seaport District appears to be more than just a futuristic dream, according to U.S. Rep. Stephen F. Lynch. The Southie representative said during an appearance on Boston Herald Radio’s “Morning Meeting” show yesterday that a developer “has come up with an interesting idea” for the lift. “It’s one of the most innovative and thoughtful proposals I have seen so far,” Lynch said of the sky tram. “It’s like the movie &lsquo…

Neil deGrasse Tyson Announced as Greenbuild Closing Plenary Speaker

We are extremely excited to announce that acclaimed astrophysicist and cosmologist Neil deGrasse Tyson will be the Closing Plenary speaker for Greenbuild 2017 in Boston! While most popularly known as the host of the television series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey and the podcast/television series StarTalk, Tyson is an accomplished scientist whose professional research interests are broad, but include star formation, exploding stars, dwarf galaxies, and the structure of our Milky Way. He was born and raised in New York City where he was educated in public schools through his graduation from the Bronx High School of Science. Tyson went on…

Orgill gets busy in Boston

On one side of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, the model store Walnut Grove Hardware displays innovations such as space-saving techniques. On the other side, Central Tool & Building Supply appeals to the professional contractor and builder. The model stores are two of the highlights here at Orgill’s 2017 Fall Dealer Market. Other highlights include a tool and power tool niche area and an outdoor grilling area, complete with taste testing. “Not only do we have a lot of new products and items that retailers can use to set their operations apart from the competition, but we…

Orgill Market Returns to Boston

Model stores and outdoor activities are among the highlights of Orgill’s Fall Market, which will play out Aug. 24-26 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. “We are using every square inch of the convention center to showcase all that we have to offer,” said Philip Walker, Orgill’s senior VP of merchandising services, in the distributors in house publication. New products and special deals are a major draw at the twice-per-year market. Pallet Buys, Door Busters and a Flash Market will offer up deals. And while beauty – and margin opportunity – are in…

Boston Comic Con’s Journey To FanExpo Boston is Not Without Growing Pains

This year’s FanExpo Boston takeover of Boston Comic Con came with not only a change of venue, but an entirely different experience for BostonCon fans. The change in venue from Seaport World Trade Center to the much larger Boston Convention and Exhibition Center was a welcome to accommodate more fans. It did seem a bit odd that Fan Expo had nearly an entire room dedicated to a line queue when some vendors and artist alley tables were on top of each other with not much room for people to ‘squeak by’. I’m familiar with…

Thousands of fans pack BCEC for ’17 Comic Con

Thousands of hard-core comic fans packed into the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center yesterday for the second day of Boston Comic Con, a three-day pop culture extravaganza where visitors can get autographs from movie and TV starts, buy exclusive merchandise and, of course, show off their elaborate costumes. “I look forward to it every year,” said Joe Heglar, 55, of Cornwall, N.Y. “When you’re older, where else can you go and get dressed up and have fun?” he asked. “It’s all about the inner kid.” Heglar, who was wearing a…

Dance till you drop at Lawn’s swingin’ bash

Maybe you want to explore some new kinds of dance, or maybe you’re in the mood for a serious workout. In either case, this weekend’s Lawn on D festivities give you the choice to build your body or shake your booty. On Saturday, it’s one of the summer’s splashiest free events, the D Street Dance Bash, with a full day of every kind of dance imaginable, both for watching and participating. Starting at 1 p.m., there will be the U.S. debut of the Parisian “vertical dance” troupe Retouramont. The…

MGM Ushers In a New Era at the MassMutual Center

Alex Dixon calls it “a sleeping giant we plan to unleash.” He was referring to the MassMutual Center, or the MMC, as it’s sometimes called, in downtown Springfield. And with those few words, Dixon, general manager for MGM Springfield, actually said quite a bit. With ‘sleeping giant,’ he succinctly and poignantly noted both the MMC’s considerable potential as an event and convention venue — and the fact that, since it opened in 2005, not all of that potential has been realized. In fact, ‘underperforming’ is the word you often hear in…

Lawmakers converge on Boston

A national legislative conference is flooding the city with 6,000 lawmakers from across the nation to swap stories and swing by social events at Fenway Park and TD Garden. The National Conference of State Legislatures’ legislative summit kicked off yesterday at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center with an all-star Bay State welcome session from Gov. Charlie Baker, former Gov. William F. Weld, House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo and Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg. The meeting of minds brings Beacon Hill lawmakers back to the city this week to hear sessions that ring like a hit list of the state…

What to Expect at the Tenth Annual Boston Comic Con

Ardent fans will descend on Boston early next month, but not for a Red Sox game. Starting August 11, Boston Comic Con kicks off its tenth and biggest year with more guests, more celebrities, and a bigger venue to contain all the geekery. Long gone are the days when comic cons were only for the most devoted fans of nerdery. They’ve established themselves as a cultural phenomenon, as San Diego Comic Con sets the pop culture bar every year. While Boston may not have quite that degree of industry clout yet, it’s still bringing some of that…

MCCA Issues RFP For Boston Convention And Exhibition Center

Plans for a greatly expanded Boston Convention and Exhibition Center are moving forward for the first time in more than two years. The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, which owns and operates the BCEC and the sprawling 40 acres of land the building currently sits on, issued a request for proposal on Wednesday for master planning and feasibility services for the project. According to David Gibbons, executive director of the MCCA, the planning and feasibility services will examine what should be built as part of the expansion, how much that might cost and then of course how to finance it. “Going…

Get ready for Convention Center Expansion 2.0

Get ready for Convention Center Expansion 2.0. The state’s convention hall operator took its first official step Wednesday to revisit the expansion of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center by issuing a request for proposals to design a master plan for the complex’s 70-acre campus. It’s likely the result will differ significantly from the authority’s previous $1 billion expansion that Governor Charlie Baker put on pause in 2015. David Gibbons, executive director of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, noted the research used to support the original expansion is now roughly a decade old. “Our…