Milwaukee Might Bid for 2024 Republican National Convention
City already planning to bid for the Democratic National Convention.
Wisconsin — and Milwaukee specifically — has had its share of time in the limelight this year. From the Bucks championship to the Ryder Cup, hosting these major events has put the state on the map. And now the prospect of another major event is in the works as the city moves forward on a possible bid to host the 2024 Republican National Convention.
“We welcome any opportunity to create economic impact and put the eyes of the world on our city,” said Visit Milwaukee CEO Peggy Williams-Smith on Thursday.
“We are just starting to look at this and figure out how to, or if there is the appetite to, assemble a team that would then put forth a bid,” said Williams-Smith. “Right now we’re exploring all of our options.”
A spokesperson for Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett confirmed that the city is participating in efforts to attract the Republican convention.
The RNC isn’t the only political convention with its eyes on Milwaukee.
The Democratic National Committee invited Milwaukee to reapply for its 2024 convention. The city hosted the 2020 DNC, but because of the pandemic the event was largely virtual, depriving the city of hundreds of millions of dollars in potential revenue. The 2024 DNC could be a do-over, and the city has said it plans to apply.
Both conventions would coincide with the opening of an expanded Wisconsin Center, providing an opportunity for Milwaukee to show off the new facility while attracting even greater revenue.
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