Is Milwaukee ready for all that comes with hosting the 2020 Democratic National Convention? Community leaders, neighborhood groups, business owners and entrepreneurs came together Wednesday to talk about steps we can start taking.
The meeting was organized by the city of Milwaukee. Speakers included Jason Rae, Secretary of the DNC, along with Martha Love, the DNC Representative for Wisconsin.
Also sharing input were U.S. Congresswoman Gwen Moore, Mayor Tom Barrett, Milwaukee Common Council President Ashanti Hamilton, Alderwoman Milele Coggs, Milwaukee's Business Development Manager Ken Little, and Director of Small Business Development Nikki Purvis.
The main focus of the meeting was on diversity and inclusion in DNC planning. To make sure that people and businesses from all of Milwaukee's neighborhoods, even the most challenged, benefit form such a huge event.
"We want to give as many chances for people in our community to be involved in this, in as many different levels as possible," Mayor Barrett said. "That includes contracts, work, jobs, volunteering, logistics."
"There will be more than 2,000 events help outside of Fiserv Forum during the DNC," Congresswoman Moore said. "Think of all the supporting businesses we need - restaurants, caterers, florists, supplies, planners, security, car services, just to name a few."
The best thing you can do to stay up to date on the future meetings and potential opportunities is visit the website Milwaukee2020.com and register your name and/or business, so that you are included on the DNC planning list moving forward.