by Sarah J.F. Braley | October 03, 2013
Legislation was filed Wednesday in the Massachusetts 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 (D) and State Representative Nick Collins (D), the bill authorizes a $1 billion, 1.3 million-square-foot expansion of the BCEC, including the addition of a second ballroom. Funding would come from the existing Convention Center Fund, which was created in 1997 to pay for the construction and operation of the BCEC. According to the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, the fund's revenues comes from existing tourism-based fees and taxes, none of which would need to be increased to fund the expansion project. “Over the past decade, we’ve worked hard to make Massachusetts a major convention market, and with the successful passage of this legislation – which requires no new fees or taxes — we have an opportunity to solidify our leadership and increase the jobs and economic benefit our work creates for years to come,” said James E. Rooney, MCCA executive director.