By Nyesha Stone
Clearly, Milwaukee is on the come up, at least downtown/east side is. And, with the National Democratic Convention 2020 coming here, which will bring around 50,000 additional people to Milwaukee, the DNC committee said their goal is to work with as many local and minority businesses as possible.
Last week Friday, April 5, Milwaukee Business Journal hosted the first forum for the DNC on how Milwaukee businesses can get involved in the convention, whether that’s through paid contracts or volunteers, they want locals.
On the panel sat Milwaukee Business Journal Editor-in-Chief, Mark Kass as the moderator, followed by the panelist: CEO of Milwaukee Urban League, Dr. Eve Hall; CEO of Wisconsin Center District, Jason Rae; Senior VP at Milwaukee Bucks, Alex Lasry; DNC member, Jason Rae; and President of Dynamic Events, David Caruso.
During the four-day convention—July 13-17—the DNC will need 12,000 volunteers and there will be around 500 national media reporters looking to cover every inch of Milwaukee, and maybe some parts of the state. Volunteers will be needed for everything, such as city guides or staff to help out at meetings.
As for paid contracts, the DNC committee encourages all interested businesses and entrepreneurs to sign up at www.milwaukee2020.com.
During the DNC, there are plans of running multiple shuttles services to get people around. The panelist recommends not driving your car during the convention because of the overload of traffic.
Other options of transportation are walking, bikes and even the trolley.
Along with the traffic there will be 1,500 events around the city. Everything can’t possibly be hosted downtown, so the committee’s looking for venues as well, and event organizers.
For more information on the Milwaukee DNC 2020, visit www.milwaukee2020.com
There will be three additional forums:
July 15, Sept. 10 and Nov. 21 from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Pfister Hotel.