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How you can cash in on the Democratic National Convention craze

Posted at 5:54 AM, Mar 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-27 17:49:06-04

MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee can expect a $200 million economic impact after four days of the 2020 Democratic National Convention.

TODAY'S TMJ4 found many people making money during the DNC.

Listings on Craigslist show entire homes ready to be rented out demanding $1,200 per night.

The owner of Stagecoach Inn Bed and Breakfast in Cedarburg said they already sold out for the DNC.

Anne Conley is staying tight-lipped on who will be staying at her nine room inn. She did however confirm improvements to her establishment will be made.

"Enhance our breakfast a little bit and we'll be running music in this little pub that we have on a nightly basis," she said.

She credits the fast booking to Visit Milwaukee. In fact, the Visit Milwaukee CEO says people are inquiring about hotels as far out as Kenosha and Madison.

"You're going to see a lot of people who come out of the convention or come out of their meetings and want to experience a little bit of Milwaukee, so I think it's going to be a great opportunity for those rideshares," said Paul Upchurch, Visit Milwaukee CEO.

Jerud Copus is a full-time Uber driver who says the opportunities to make money are endless. His advice to new drivers:

"Know the streets because some lights don't have left arrow signs so you don't get through them."

Visit Milwaukee expects about 1,500 events to be held in the four days of the DNC, creating more opportunities for temporary work.

"So people who are looking for extra work, I think the restaurants are gonna be hiring, the bars are gonna be hiring," said Upchruch.

If it's not so much about the money for you and you just want to say you were there, Visit Milwaukee says the DNC is looking for 12,000 volunteers. Click here to learn more.