Change is in the air. Baker’s leadership on this issue is absolutely refreshing.
Gov. Charlie Baker has indefinitely frozen state plans to finance a $1 billion expansion of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, opting instead to allow the newly reconstituted Massachusetts Convention Center Authority board to decide whether the 1.3 million-square-foot construction project should move forward.
The announcement was part of a broader move to reorganize the MCCA’s leadership, as Baker on Wednesday appointed seven new directors to the agency’s 13-member governing board.
Kristen Lepore, the commonwealth’s secretary of administration and finance, on Wednesday outlined concerns the state has about the project. Among the state’s concerns is the pending leadership void at the MCCA as its executive director, Jim Rooney, prepares to move into the role of CEO of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. State officials also cited MCCA performance shortfalls, namely missed forecasts for hotel room nights generated by the BCEC in South Boston and the John B. H
ynes Memorial Convention Center in the Back Bay.
Could anyone conceive of this under a Martha Coakley administration?