Milwaukee 2020 DNC Convention Committee
Press Release

Milwaukee Named Finalist for the 2020 Democratic National Convention

"Milwaukee has everything the DNC needs to put on a great convention..." -Alex Lasry

By - Jun 20th, 2018 11:59 am
New Milwaukee Bucks arena and surrounding area. Rendering by Populous.

New Milwaukee Bucks arena and surrounding area. Rendering by Populous.

Milwaukee – This morning, the Democratic National Committee named four finalists for the location of the 2020 DNC Convention: Milwaukee, Denver, Houston and Miami Beach.

Right after the DNC’s announcement, Denver withdrew their bid citing scheduling conflicts.

Statement from Alex Lasry, Chairman of the Milwaukee 2020 DNC Convention Bid Committee:

“Milwaukee is very excited to be chosen as a finalist for the Democratic National Convention in 2020.

Milwaukee has everything the DNC needs to put on a great convention: a brand-new arena, co-located convention space, and plenty of hotel rooms.

Milwaukee knows how to handle big events and we know how to put on a great party. There is no place that will be more affordable for delegates and has better weather in July than Milwaukee.”

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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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