“I’m pleased to serve as the chief diversity and intentional inclusion advisor with the Host Committee,” Milner said. “I am committed to ensuring that the convention benefits as many members of our diverse communities as possible. We will work with vendors to develop innovative approaches to engaging a wide range of partners to build long-term success.”Milwaukee 2020, which is registered under its non-profit operator Good Land Committee Inc., also disclosed details about efforts to recruit local, diverse businesses– meaning minority-, women-, LGBT-, service disabled-, or veteran- owned businesses to contract products or services with the convention and its committee, and said it is currently working to determine necessary steps to meet the party's diversity and inclusion goals. The committee said it plans to vet vendors and suppliers via digital and in-person outreach in the coming weeks. Requests for proposals will be made on a rolling basis as needed. Vendors will be evaluated based on technical expertise, community engagement, environmental efforts, including carbon neutrality and recycling, and labor policies, including a $15 minimum wage and paid sick leave. "The Host Committee will place an emphasis on collaboration, alliances, and partnerships," according to the announcement. "The objective is to create capacity-building projects that align small business growth and market sustainability."
“We are proud that this will be a convention in and with Milwaukee. And we will go further—extending beyond downtown and beyond the city," said Liz Gilbert, president of the Milwaukee 2020 Host Committee. "We will focus on engaging all minority communities, as well as people with disabilities, veteran, and LGBTQ communities serving in a leading role, not as an afterthought. We will also hold our vendor partners accountable to our strong, working family values, and we will express that organized labor is a gateway to a stronger middle class. That’s why I’m thrilled to have Lafayette and Jim join the team. They will be intentional with their efforts to ensure that this is the most inclusive, diverse, and meaningful convention in history.”The DNC will take place July 13-16, 2020. The event is expected to attract about 50,000 visitors and generate about $200 million in economic impact to the Milwaukee area.