Milwaukee lands 2020 Democratic National Convention

The city of Milwaukee has landed the 2020 Democratic National Convention, and that could mean some convention-related economic development is coming Madison's way, as well.

Milwaukee was considered a long shot initially, but given the Democratic Party's interest in bringing Wisconsin back into its electoral-college fold, and woo blue collar workers taken away by Donald Trump, the city outlasted Houston and Miami Beach. The news will bring tens of thousands of visitors and millions of tourism dollars to southeastern Wisconsin over the next 16 months, and given the growing collaboration between Milwaukee and Madison, don't be surprised if the Capitol City is part of the festivities. Philadelphia hosted the 2016 convention, which reportedly brought $230.9 million in total economic impact to the city.

The convention’s impact and international buzz will provide a regional economic shot in the arm for Wisconsin and Dane County over the next 16 months, as well. The convention is scheduled for July 13-16 2020, with Fiserv Forum, the Milwaukee Bucks new arena, hosting many of the activities. The Convention determines which Democratic candidate will run against President Donald Trump in the 2020 general election campaign.