New mayors from Cincinnati, Toledo meet with Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) — The new leaders for two Ohio cities are among 16 mayors who visited the White House for a meeting with President Barack Obama.

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley and Toledo's mayor-elect, D. Michael Collins, joined mayors from large cities in 11 other states at the meeting Friday.

The White House says the gathering was part of the administration's effort to partner with mayors on work that leads to "high-paying, high-skill" jobs and stronger economic situations in their hometowns.

Obama listed a variety of examples, including trying to ensure that transportation funding maximizes economic development. That's a potentially hot topic for Cranley, who initially vowed to end Cincinnati's $133 million streetcar project but said this week he'll agree to finish it if supporters find a way to pay for operating costs.

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