MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is determined to bring the 2024 Democratic National Convention back to the Cream City.
On Tuesday, Barrett formally responded to the DNC’s invitation to compete to host its 2024 national convention by saying Milwaukee is “ready.”
“A convention of this scale will bring significant financial benefits to our community,” Barrett said. “The convention would also provide our city with a great opportunity to show the world our people, our natural beauty, our history and our accomplishments.”
Milwaukee is one of at least 20 cities the Democratic Party is considering for its next presidential nominating convention.
Barrett noted that having earned the designation as host city for the 2020 convention, Milwaukee is likely to receive consideration this time around. The 2020 event was diminished due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Milwaukee is familiar with the extensive work and coordination necessary to prepare for a big political convention,” Barrett wrote to the DNC. “Milwaukee was ready to put on a great event. And, we are set to do it again.”
Past conventions have drawn 35,000 delegates along with thousands of other attendees. The DNC said its previous host cities have seen economic impacts exceeding $150 million from their conventions.
After answering the initial invitation, interested cities will be asked to respond to a formal Request for Proposal process that is expected to begin later this year.
“We look forward to continuing the discussions and welcoming you to take a closer look at Milwaukee,” Barrett closed out the letter.