Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson meets in Columbus today with mayors from throughout Ohio in the newly formed Mayors Alliance.  The Alliance was created to strengthen Ohio’s cities and metropolitan regions through collaboration, communication, improved advocacy and stronger partnerships with policymakers.


“I’m proud to be among this group of 30 mayors from across Ohio who have joined forces to prepare and promote a united agenda that will be heard as we raise our voices together,” said Mayor Hicks-Hudson.


There is a national trend of urbanization of both jobs and talent according to the Mayors Alliance.  Ninety percent of Ohio’s gross domestic product is created in its 11 largest metropolitan areas.  In 2015 $850 million in private investment was announced in 158 deals representing 8,734 new jobs located in Ohio’s 30 largest cities.  Major Ohio employers are investing in new urban headquarters, as we have seen in Toledo, indicating interest in redeveloping downtowns as centers of economic and cultural activity.


Among the topics to be discussed today are how cities can be effective engines for job creation and economic growth.