Ald. Khalif Rainey
Press Release

Alderman Rainey makes pitch for Milwaukee to host Jay-Z’s annual music festival

"I am confident that working with other City officials and municipal departments, a welcoming home could be found for your event."

By - Jul 19th, 2018 05:23 pm

Today, Alderman Khalif J. Rainey sent a letter laying out compelling reasons why Milwaukee should host the 2019 Made in America festival, a multi-genre music event founded by entertainment mogul Jay-Z and his company Roc Nation. Made in America had been held in Philadelphia since its inception in 2012 until the city’s mayor just announced Philly would no longer play host.

The 7th District Alderman is encouraged by the tourism and positive economic impact that Made in America would bring Milwaukee.

“I and my community have known for years the entrepreneurial spirit and remarkable success of this event and admired particularly the way it built the foundations of this success in the minority community. A city-wide impact of $100 million does not come easily and, representing as I do an area of the city where people of color can struggle to find employment, your hiring of 1,000 people a day is equally impressive,” said Alderman Rainey in the letter (attached) to Desiree Perez, chief operations officer of Roc Nation.

In the letter, Alderman Rainey also touted Milwaukee as a City of Festivals, a reputation well-deserved by hosting dozens of small and large events including Summerfest, the world’s largest music festival.

He makes the case that with Milwaukee hosting Summerfest for more than five decades, the City is well positioned to accommodate Made in America. “I am confident that working with other City officials and municipal departments, a welcoming home could be found for your event.”

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