Tourism leaders believe Door County is unlikely to find itself competing for workers with the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee next year. Local officials and restaurant and hotel owners in Milwaukee say they're already facing shortages of service industry workers and are looking at how to fill that gap to meet convention demand. Door County Visitors Bureau President and CEO Jack Moneypenny, however, doesn't believe traditional summer tourism areas will lose service workers to Milwaukee. He says the length of the convention won't make it worth most worker's time to forsake areas like Door County.
Moneypenny says Door County continual faces employment challenges during the travel season. Businesses have to adjust when big events, such as Fyr Ball, Fourth of July or the Pumpkin Patch Festival take place. Moneypenny expects Milwaukee businesses will do the same during convention week.