The Convention Center Authority’s Inflated Claims

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In the wake of our recent brief, Analyzing the Convention Center Authority’s Inflated Claims, comes word that the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) contributed $23.5 million to a trust fund created by the Patrick administration to fund trade missions before then-Gov. Patrick approved the proposed $1 billion expansion of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) last year.  The brief, authored by Charles Chieppo, exposes some of the MCCA’s misrepresentations about the economic impact of the proposed expansion.

Our report reveals that:

  • Only eight events booked at the BCEC over the next 13 years – not 18 as the MCCA has claimed – have escape clauses that allow them to go elsewhere if expansion doesn’t go forward.
  • Despite claims that the facility would not be able to host the BIO conference again without expansion, the show is booked five times between 2021 and 2029 without expansion-related escape clauses.  Boston will likely have no problem hosting BIO going forward since the event is now one-third smaller than when it was held at the BCEC in 2007 and it is not forecast to grow.
  • The convention center authority is dramatically overstating its economic impact.


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