MILWAUKEE — The GOP site selection committee voted Friday to recommend Milwaukee as the host city for the 2024 Republican National Convention (RNC).
A final decision will be made by the full Republican National Committee at its August 2-5 summer meeting in Chicago.
In a statement Friday, Senior Advisor Richard Walters said, “Today the site selection committee voted to recommend Milwaukee to host the 2024 Republican National Convention and it’s a testament to the direct and professional demeanor exhibited by leaders. of the City of Milwaukee throughout the process. the final decision will be made by Chair McDaniel and the entire RNC in the coming weeks.
LOOK: Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson addressed the news at a Friday night press conference.
Mayor Johnson responds to GOP recommendation to have Milwaukee as host of RNC 2024
“In just four years, two of the world’s largest and most visible events have put Milwaukee at the top of the list,” said Peggy Williams-Smith, President and CEO of VISIT Milwaukee. “It’s no surprise the RNC chose Milwaukee. Our city offers world-class amenities along with premier sites and unparalleled hospitality, making us well-equipped to welcome tens of thousands of visitors.
Nashville is the other finalist to host the RNC. However, the Nashville Metro Council filed a bill to bring the RNC to the city. Some council members say the city doesn’t need the increased tourism and doesn’t want the added risk of violence.
The Milwaukee City Council passed the framework agreement for the 13-0 convention on June 1. The plan is being used as a way to define what thousands of convention attendees can expect in terms of services and resources should the RNC take place in the brewing city.
The includes a provision that there will be good faith efforts to discuss future compensation to the city at the end of the RNC. Several council members had previously pushed for a resolution requiring the Republican National Committee to pay the city $6 million, but that was dropped.
The RNC is estimated to have an economic impact of approximately $200 million and bring 45,000 people to Milwaukee. VISIT Milwaukee expects an additional 15,000 accredited media to cover the event.
The financial impact on the city is a major issue for those who have spoken about the agreement.
“I want them [Republicans] to spend all their money and put the eyes of the world on Milwaukee,” Mayor Cavalier Johnson said. “This is a commercial position. And future benefits for Milwaukee to attract other large-scale events.”
Milwaukee was chosen by Democrats to host the 2020 DNC, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, that meeting was almost entirely virtual.
LOOK: Former Gov. Scott Walker reacted to the news during an interview with TMJ4 News on Friday.
Scott Walker responds after GOP panel picks Milwaukee to host RNC
Walker also tweeted:
Rebecca Kleefisch, who is on the Republican primary ballot for governor of Wisconsin, reacted to the news on Facebook on Friday.
“The Democrats left Milwaukee in 2020, and when we can introduce Wisconsin to the nation in 2024, a Republican governor will be there to welcome them,” Kleefisch said. “The GOP was born here in Wisconsin, and we’re ready to celebrate our heritage of freedom and put a Republican back in the White House.”
Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC) President Tim Sheehy responded Friday. He said in part, “This represents another remarkable opportunity for the Milwaukee area, our businesses and our community. The direct economic impact of hosting this convention will be a vital boost to Milwaukee businesses and their employees, having been so hard hit by the pandemic and the resulting supply chain, labor shortages and inflation issues.And there may be even more value in the opportunity for Milwaukee to shine in the international spotlight again. Remember that every successful large-scale event we host helps us make the case for hosting even more great events in the future. And there are few larger events in terms of scale, visibility and impact than a national political convention.
Wisconsin Republican Party Chairman Paul Farrow previously said in a statement that the Milwaukee convention would bring in hundreds of millions of dollars for the state. Visit Milwaukee CEO Peggy Williams Smith agrees it would be beneficial.
“Imagine all of these people here being able to show off all the good things about Milwaukee and highlight some of the things we need to improve on. It’s just an opportunity we missed in 2020 that I’d like to bring back. in our community in 2024,” Williams-Smith said.
Fiserv Forum President Peter Feigin released this statement on Friday: ““As the Republican National Convention is scheduled to be held in Milwaukee, Fiserv Forum will significantly raise its profile as a major world-class event venue. In addition to creating substantial economic impact for Milwaukee, the Convention will further demonstrate that our city and arena can successfully host huge events en route to attracting other major events in the future.
This is a developing story and will be updated.
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