By Tim Kowols
With just under two weeks to go before Memorial Day and the unofficial start of summer, Door County businesses are hoping they can find enough people to run their operations. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Door County businesses relied on over 400 J-1 student visa employees and several others on H-2B visas to get by last year. Door County Visitor Bureau officials were forced to lobby federal officials last fall to keep the programs intact after President Donald Trump’s immigration reform policies threatened their future. Jon Jarosh from the DCVB says they have even stepped up their efforts in other seasonal markets to attract workers to come to Door County for the summer.
According to the DCVB, tourism supported 3,225 jobs in Door County last year, generating $78.5 million in labor income.