There are still 17 months to go before the 2024 Republican National Convention comes to Milwaukee, but the GOP and local organizers are already laying the groundwork to bring upwards of 45,000 visitors to the city for the four-day event.

Local officials and Republican leadership gathered Thursday to provide an update on fundraising efforts and opportunities for local businesses to cash in on the estimated $168 million to $280 million economic impact on the city and state economy.

“That’s the basket that every entrepreneur oughta be holding out to try to take advantage of,” said Steve King, CEO of the MKE 2024 Host Committee. “… Nobody is looking to make this city red or blue, we’re going to make the city green.”

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