What the Mayor of Youngstown Wants From Trump

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“Cities like ours in northeast Ohio are in desperate need of federal funds,” Mayor Jamael Tito Brown wrote in a letter to the White House.

Among the invited guests who sat in on President Trump’s State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday was the mayor of Youngstown, Ohio, who attended with U.S. Sen. Rob Portman.

Ahead of President Trump’s address, Mayor Jamael Tito Brown sent a letter to the White House making an appeal: Invest federal resources in Youngstown and Ohio’s Mahoning Valley and deliver on his campaign “promise to ‘bring jobs back’ and ‘fill those factories up’ in an effort to stabilize our region’s economy.”

More specifically, Brown said in his letter to Trump:

You have noted that you will be addressing infrastructure this evening. I look forward to hearing how you plan to address our fractured infrastructure. Please consider Youngstown, Ohio as a location to demonstrate what bold infrastructure improvements can accomplish. … Cities like ours in northeast Ohio are in desperate need of federal funds on a consistent basis to improve the lives of those who have been impacted by lost jobs, decaying infrastructure and our State’s failure to provide much needed investment for redevelopment.

Among other items in his letter, Brown is seeking additional federal funding to remove guns from the streets and relocate a local Veterans Administration health care facility to the recently vacated Northside Hospital in Youngstown.

Michael Grass is Executive Editor of Route Fifty and is based in Seattle.

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