Detailed planning begins for Milwaukee's potential 2020 DNC bid

A day after the announcement that Milwaukee is bidding for the 2020 Democratic National Convention (DNC), now the detailed work begins.

The bid committee will rely on organizations like “Visit Milwaukee” to map out all the details involved in such a big event. 

Visit Milwaukee president Paul Upchurch says “think of this as another major event, so if you look at things like the Harley anniversary’s you draw almost a hundred thousand riders to the community.”

This event will be about half that size but much more complicated.

“Even if an event isn't the same size, some events require a lot of resources to make happen,” said Upchurch. 

Hotel rooms will be in high demand. 16,000 at the hight of the convention according to Visit Milwaukee. 1,200 of those hotel rooms in Downtown Milwaukee are owned by Marcus Hotels & Resorts, including the Pfister Hotel.

“We look to be sold out 6 or 7 days straight,” said Pfister General Manager Tim Smith. 

All groups involved with the bid committee will now work on the details of the request for proposal (RFP).

It’s expected a team from the Democratic National Committee will be visiting the city this summer and making a decision on a host city in the winter. No other city has publicly announced a bid for the DNC. 

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