State Sen. Tim Carpenter
Press Release

In the DNC Selection Process, Milwaukee is the Crème de la Crème

"Milwaukee, Wisconsin would be the perfect location to host the upcoming Democratic National Convention in 2020!"

By - Jul 23rd, 2018 10:27 am

Madison – Today State Senator Tim Carpenter (D-Milwaukee) released the following statement endorsing Milwaukee as the best location to hold the Democratic National Convention in 2020:

“Milwaukee, Wisconsin would be the perfect location to host the upcoming Democratic National Convention in 2020! Currently in the middle of an economic renaissance, downtown Milwaukee is setting the stage for the Democrats to put the Midwest in a place of prominence in our national political dialog.”

“I am very excited to hear that Milwaukee is a finalist in the DNC selection process, and am looking forward to having the committee come and see why Milwaukee is the best choice! Having attended Democratic National Conventions in the past, I know what a positive impression it leaves on the attendees. For the city, this opportunity represents a $200 million economic impact, and a chance to spread the word that Milwaukee is a great tourism destination.”

“No location could provide a more welcoming atmosphere for the 50,000 visitors that will be making the trip. Wisconsinites are known for their friendly attitude, and are brimming with anticipation to show off the new downtown experience in Milwaukee.”

“At the center of all the new restaurants, businesses and hotels that make up the explosion of economic development, is the new Milwaukee Bucks Arena. With its design focused on guests’ comfortability, and inclusivity, as well as environmental sensitivity, the Arena provides an attractively modern venue for the convention.”

“On the western shore of Lake Michigan, Milwaukee is in the heart of our nation. With General Mitchell International Airport offering non-stop flights to cities all around the U.S., and it’s variety of transportation options for getting around town, Milwaukee is a very accessible location for travelers.”

“As a swing state with a high voter participation rate, Wisconsin is an imperative state to invite into the discourse of national politics. By holding the convention here, Democrats can foster the support that we need in the heartland of America.”

“Milwaukee would love the chance to host the Democratic National Convention for the first time in 2020. With its ease of access, affordability, great food and drinks, and many sights and activities, it definitely won’t be the last time you decide to come. A convention in Milwaukee would engage the Midwest at a significant moment in the next presidential election. Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with Wisconsin!”

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11 thoughts on “Eyes on Milwaukee: City Bidding for Democratic National Convention”

  1. Terry says:

    What should they pitch? Um, how about what a whole lot of us said in 2016 “Maybe if you actually show up in the state and you know, campaign here (unlike Hillary) the state won’t be conned and suckered and vote for Trump?!” Novel idea Democrats! BTW, Wasserman Schultz screwing Bern dog out of the nomination was a disaster for the country and now the entire world. Thanks Debbie!

  2. WashCoRepub says:

    If Milwaukee lands it, I’d recommend the vendors insist on up-front payments for major items. Most reports I see say the DNC is essentially broke.

  3. Troll says:

    If Milwaukee is truly open for business they would compete for both parties

  4. Terry says:

    @Russian Troll, We agree! Walker’s Wississippi is closed for business! Imagine that!? A Career Politician since he was 22 years old, who has never worked a single day in his adult life in the private sector or “free market” can’t figure out how to run an ACTUAL economy!

    Dump Trump
    Dump Walker
    Free Wisconsin!!

  5. Mike says:

    I just hope this doesn’t result in us putting more public money into convention space. I’d love if we sold that surface lot on Kilbourne that they want to expand on to, and let that get developed into something that’s actually active 24/7, instead of expanding an already monolithic building. If they did that, plus redevelop the current Bradley center lot, and come up with a way to make the McArthur square actually connect to the street grid, westown could be pretty vibrant.

  6. PMD says:

    The MMAC and Tim Sheehy, who supports Walker, is behind this. Ask him why they aren’t going after RNC.

  7. GRNPAKWH says:

    Hidden in this article is the expansion of the convention center.This underused building cannot even find a sponsor. Marc Lasry loved to spend our tax dollars for his benefit. I’ll drive to Chicago for the convention.

  8. max says:

    Anyone know what the GOP is planning for their convention, Moscow? St Petersburg, formerly Leningrad, formerly Petrograd, formerly a swamp connected to the Baltic? Or maybe Volgograd, formerly Stanlingrad?

  9. MidnightSon says:

    Appreciating the thoughtful comments here, despite the inevitable trolls.

    Yeah, I hear what some say about convention center expansion being a part of this move. Instead, I think this is more about getting a naming sponsor for the new Bucks arena. There was an article just yesterday in the Milwaukee Business Journal that speculated that it is getting a little late in the game for the Bucks not to have found a naming sponsor. (Ha! Someone was quoted as saying that not having a sponsor sewn up by now was “atypical,” but “not unusual.” Talk about mincing words!) This could simply be about hoping for it, and at least continuing to get Milwaukee’s name out there. I mean, you’re either on the list, or you aren’t.

    I think Milwaukee has a much better chance of landing this that of landing Amazon’s HQ2. We don’t have the hotel rooms, convention space or infrastructure of some cities. But, we have some and, to its credit, Milwaukee sure does know how to throw a party!

  10. Mike says:

    @midnightson, that’s an interesting observation.
    hopefully true.

    Re: convention center. I don’t see any outcome with an expanded convention center that improves quality of place for MKE residents. On the otherhand, there is an awful lot we could do with those dollars across the city/county still in the scope of the mandate to improve tourism. Eg. We’ve got so many festivals that are doing so much on boot strap budgets, that with 100k here and there we could add pretty major touring acts every weekend through the summer to them. Plus bring in the biggest art exhibits to MAM, etc. Plus test out tons of fun ideas: an annual domestic olympics, pond hockey championships on lake michigan, water skiing or sail events, etc. Etc.

    With the 15 million or so we would need to dump into the convention center each year to service those bonds, we could try out a lot of ideas for 5-10 years, and if it doesn’t work, then do the lame convention center expansion.

  11. Virginia says:

    A push to eventually land a major political convention could benefit Milwaukee if it includes significant efforts to revitalize Downtown’s public spaces, whixh Cleveland did…

    “The other was the way in which visitors and police were able to use [Cleveland’s] streetscapes, parks and other civic infrastructure that has taken decades to build, and without which the convention would have been inconceivable.”

    http://www.cleveland.com/architecture/index.ssf/2016/07/clevelands_revitalized_public.html

    http://www.cleveland.com/architecture/index.ssf/2016/06/rnc_and_the_nba_championship_a.html

    In any case, improving Milwaukee’s public realm will pay off beyond one big week.

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