Local cities part of new alliance

WARREN — Mayors from Warren and Youngstown are among a group of 30 city leaders from around Ohio who will be part of a newly formed Ohio Mayors Alliance.

Warren Mayor Doug Franklin and Youngstown Mayor John McNally are part of the bipartisan group formed to help Ohio cities colloborate, improve advocacy and strengthen partnerships with state and federal policymakers.

The organization is comprised of mayors from among Ohio’s 30 largest cities by population. Nearly one-third of the state’s total population, 3.4 million people, live in Ohio’s 30 largest cities.

In Ohio’s largest 11 metropolitan regions, cities help create 84 percent of jobs and 90 percent of Ohio’s total Gross Domestic Product. In 2015, a total of $850 million in private investment was announced representing 8,734 jobs, all of which were located in Ohio’s 30 largest cities. However, too many large and many mid-sized Ohio cities are facing significant economic challenges, according to information released by the new alliance.

The Ohio mayors’ group, which has 20 Democrats and 10 Republicans, said its effort is unrelated to Trump’s victory. Representatives of the alliance met this week with legislative leaders, Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine and members of Republican Gov. John Kasich’s staff to share their vision.