Meetings and Events

The power of the Ohio Mayors Alliance comes from convening leaders from around the state and beyond to share ideas, best practices and experiences on issues that are affecting Ohioans every day. Together, we have the power to enact real change at the local level. Below are some of the meetings we hold throughout the year. If you are interested in sponsoring an event or want to learn more about attending please contact Katherine Liming.

Mayors Education Advocacy Awards Luncheon

August 26, 2019

Thanks to the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the AT&T Foundation and Learn to Earn Dayton, the Ohio Mayors Alliance was able to award seven of our cities grants totaling more than $200,000 to support education attainment advocacy in their cities. 

Our mayors know that the future of their economic and workforce development lies in the students in their school today. Each proposed unique campaigns to address many aspects of this complex issue. Below you can see the campaigns of each of our cities.

By taking local action in their cities and bringing together community partners that impact and will be impacted by this work, our mayors are committing to ensuring their communities reach the state’s goal.

June Membership Meeting

June 7, 2019

The mayors gathered in Columbus to discuss important topics for our cities, including economic development partnerships and transportation infrastructure. By discussing these issues with our state government partners and other important stakeholders, we can ensure we are improving our cities for everyone. We were joined by Lieutenant Governor of Ohio Jon Husted to discuss the DeWine administration’s policy priorities, including our shared priorities in the state budget, and his new role as Director of InnovateOhio. The organization approved the membership of Mayor Steve Patterson from the City of Athens and chair of the Mayors’ Partnership for Progress, bringing an important southeastern Ohio perspective to the group.

March Membership Meeting

March 26, 2019

Among the activities for our first meeting of 2019, the Ohio Mayors Alliance presented House Speaker Larry Householder and House Minority Leader Emilia Sykes with the Ohio Mayors Alliance Commonsense Governing Award for their bipartisan leadership on passing House Bill 62 to help address Ohio’s transportation funding shortfall.

The group participated in the Complete to Compete Luncheon at the Statehouse to learn how mayors can help encourage college completion on the local level. Toledo’s work to provide universal pre-K was highlighted. The Mayors Alliance hosted both a press conference to discuss the transportation budget and academic distress commissions as well as a reception for mayors to socialize with state lawmakers and staff. 

December Membership Meeting

December 6, 2018

At our Mayors Winter Meeting in Dublin, Ohio we discussed our policy priorities for 2019 and released our annual report for 2018. We were also joined by Governor-elect DeWine and Lt. Governor-elect Husted to discuss policy priorities for our cities and the challenges and opportunities of Ohio’s cities. Additionally, we were joined by Rose Simmons, U.S. Census Bureau, to talk about local efforts for the 2020 Census and Rick Jacobs, Accelerator for America, to talk about investment in Opportunity Zones. Dr. Greg Browning and Steve Campbell also gave a presentation to the mayors on local infrastructure needs.

Ohio Mayoral Educational Attainment Summit

September 10, 2018

Mayors, education and business leaders from across the state gathered in Columbus to discuss how Ohio will reach its big goal: By 2025, 65% of Ohioans, ages 25-64 will have a degree, certificate, or other postsecondary workforce credential of value in the workplace. As the nature of work in Ohio changes, how can Ohio’s communities adapt to ensure a strong workforce and a nationally competitive economy?

July Membership Meeting

July 19, 2018

The Ohio Mayors Alliance used this quarterly membership meeting to release its Mayors’ Recommendations Report for Ohio’s next governor. We also invited the Nationwide Foundation to give a presentation on the Ohio Opioid Education Alliance, of which OMA is now a partner. We were joined by special guests, Mayor Stephen K Benjamin, City of Columbia and President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and Mayor Martin J. Walsh, City of Boston. Along with the release of our Recommendations Report, we released a joint report with the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Ohio Metro Economies: GMP and Job Growth. This report highlights the vital role Ohio’s metro economies play on the overall health of the state’s economy.

Mayors & Lawmakers Luncheon

March 13, 2018

Since it’s formation in 2016, the Ohio Mayors Alliance has hosted a Mayors & Lawmakers Luncheon. This unique event brings together Ohio’s big city mayors with Ohio House and Senate members from across the state. At our first luncheon in 2017, we focused on the importance of community partnerships. The following year, we highlighted the challenges and opportunities of Ohio’s cities. We look forward to the next Mayors & Lawmakers Luncheon and continuing to help Ohio’s state and local leaders builder stronger partnerships.