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Milwaukee takes center stage in national politics with selection to host 2020 DNC Convention

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) announced today that Milwaukee has been selected as the host city for the 2020 Democratic National Convention, scheduled for July 13 to 16, 2020.

“This is a great day for the city of Milwaukee and for the state of Wisconsin. Milwaukee is a first-class city, and we are ready to showcase Milwaukee on one of the largest stages in the world.” – Tom Barrett, Mayor of Milwaukee

Milwaukee will take center stage in mid-July 2020, showcasing everything the city and the state of Wisconsin have to offer. The selection represents the first return to the Midwest for the DNC Convention since Chicago in 1996. It is the first-ever major national party convention for Wisconsin. The convention is expected to draw more than 50,000 visitors and will have an estimated $200 million impact on the region.

The preparations for the convention have already begun in earnest with the City of Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, and the State of Wisconsin preparing to work with federal agencies to ensure the safety and security of all who attend the convention. Milwaukee’s corporate community, nonprofits, and small businesses will all be involved; and thousands of volunteers will be needed to help ensure the convention runs smoothly.

The Co-Chairs of the Milwaukee DNC 2020 Host Committee will be Mayor Tom Barrett, Senator Tammy Baldwin, Governor Tony Evers, Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes, Congresswoman Gwen Moore, and County Executive Chris Abele.

“Milwaukee will be ready to host a tremendous experience for all of our visitors and residents. We will feature Milwaukee as a place that respects and values all people, a core belief of the Democratic Party, it’s an event I’ll be thrilled for us to host.”
– Chris Abele, Milwaukee County Executive

“We have great partners and it was truly a dynamic team effort that helped Milwaukee rise to the top. We have a special city and we are truly blessed to have been selected for this incredibly important event that will put Milwaukee in the global spotlight.”
– José G. Pérez, Alderman

“The convention represents a tremendous opportunity for Milwaukee and Wisconsin to be on the world stage. This is the chance to show the world what Wisconsin truly is: a great place to live, work, and visit.” – Tony Evers, Governor

“The DNC Convention presents a tremendous opportunity to build on Milwaukee’s rich history of diversity, inclusion, and innovation. Our local entrepreneurs and strong neighborhoods are among Milwaukee’s greatest strengths, and a successful convention that includes these diverse partners will help communities throughout southeast Wisconsin thrive.” – Mandela Barnes, Lt. Governor

“There is no better place to showcase the Democratic Party’s vision for the future than in Wisconsin. The Midwest is a critical battleground and will be key to securing a better future for America.” – Tammy Baldwin, U.S. Senator

“This will be a huge economic opportunity for everyone in and around Milwaukee. We need businesses big and small, from all over the city and around the region to play an important part in making this event successful. We are committed to making sure that everyone who wants to be involved gets the opportunity to be part of this effort.”
– Gwen Moore, Congresswoman

“We’re thrilled that the 2020 Democratic National Convention will be held at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee. This selection is the result of an incredible collective effort to progress Milwaukee’s revitalization and status as a premier global destination.”
– Peter Feigin, President of Fiserv Forum and Milwaukee Bucks

“The Democratic National Committee made a great call by picking Milwaukee as the destination for its 2020 Convention. It has the infrastructure, room supply, event space and work ethic to deliver an exceptional experience. It is gratifying they see what we have long known: that Milwaukee is an amazing place to live, visit and work.”
– Greg Marcus, CEO of Marcus Corporation

“From the lakeshore to its bustling city streets, Milwaukee is a vibrant working-class city that represents so much of what makes our nation great. We’re honored to have the opportunity to share our great city with the nation, and we can’t wait to welcome Democrats next July. We are confident Milwaukee 2020 will be a world-class event that makes Wisconsinites proud.” – Democratic Party of Wisconsin

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