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National Governors Association meets in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE (WSAU-Wheeler News)  Milwaukee is getting ready to host the nation’s governors this week. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and local tourist officials expect a ton of national media coverage from the annual meeting of the National Governors Association. It runs from Friday through Sunday at the Wisconsin Center convention hall in downtown Milwaukee.

Walker says he hopes the buzz will encourage other groups to hold their conventions in the city. Franklyn Gimbel, who heads the Wisconsin Center district board, said the 1998 national governors’ meeting was the first event to be held in the facility. He said it generated a lot of great publicity which quote, “put us on the map.” It’s not known how many of the state executives will show up this week.

Walker says those who attend will have a great time. He’s planned three major social events for the governors – including batting practice with former Brewers on Thursday night at Miller Park, a motorcycle ride to the Harley-Davidson Museum on Friday, and a party at the Discovery World Museum on Saturday night which includes fireworks.

Protest groups also plan to show up. The head of the state A-F-L C-I-O will speak at a pro-jobs rally on Saturday. Occupy Milwaukee and the economic justice group Move-to-Amend also expect to have a presence.