In 2016, a group of us came together to form the Ohio Mayors Alliance, a bipartisan coalition of mayors of Ohio’s largest cities. Since that time, we’ve worked together to advocate for our cities, build better partnerships with state leaders, and foster idea-sharing and collaboration among
This year has been one of continued growth for the Ohio Mayors Alliance. We’ve worked to advocate for a significant increase in resources for our transportation infrastructure. We also successfully advocated for the first increase in local government funding in over a decade.
In addition to our legislative advocacy work, we’ve also forged several important partnerships with other non-profits and philanthropic organizations. Through these efforts, we developed a grant program to help our cities champion educational attainment goals, helped to support small business leadership in our communities, and taken action to promote healthy communities across Ohio.
Our membership has also grown this year. In March, we welcomed a new coalition member, Mayor Steve Patterson of Athens, chair of the Mayors’ Partnership for Progress, which represents more than 60 communities in Southeast Ohio. By bringing the perspective of this coalition into our group, we are able to better advocate for the challenges and opportunities in all of Ohio’s communities.
As we take a look back at all we have accomplished this year on our key priorities, we are excited to tackle new challenges next year and continue to leverage our local leadership to make a statewide impact.