GE draws crowd to Fort Point as construction begins

Boston, MA--5/8/2017 -  Governor Charlie Baker (cq) and Mayor Martin J. Walsh (cq) join GE chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt (cq) and Ann Klee (cq), vice president of Boston Development and Operations, for a groundbreaking for the company's new headquarters in Fort Point. 
Photo by Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff
Topic:  09ge
Reporter:  Jon Chesto
Governor Charlie Baker and Mayor Martin J. Walsh joined GE chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt and Ann Klee, vice president of Boston development and operations, for a groundbreaking for the company's new headquarters in Fort Point. –Pat Greenhouse / Boston Globe

General Electric on Monday officially kicked off construction for its new $200 million headquarters overlooking the Fort Point Channel, just over a year after the industrial giant made the decision to relocate to Boston from Connecticut.

Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Governor Charlie Baker, and GE executives Jeff Immelt and Ann Klee all spoke to the crowd. Each of them retold elements of the story of how the company decided in January 2016 that it wanted to be in Boston, to be in a place considered a hotbed of innovation.

“This town is going to be one of the most important cities in the world, and GE can be part of that renaissance,” said Immelt, GE’s chief executive.

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