YOUNGSTOWN, OH – Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) hosted a roundtable discussion in Youngstown with members of the Mahoning River Mayors’ Association to hear about efforts to revitalize the Mahoning River Corridor and spur investment and job creation in the Mahoning Valley.
Brown has led efforts to help Ohio communities invest in infrastructure improvements and increase access to important services like broadband internet that encourage future development and outside investment.
“We have a chance to put Ohioans to work across our state. We can create jobs repaving and repairing our streets, rebuilding bridges, and building broadband networks across the state. I’m here today to hear from Valley mayors as we continue working with local, state, and federal officials to support communities across the state.”
Brown was joined at the roundtable discussion by several area mayors, including Mayor Brown of Youngstown, Mayor Franklin of Warren, Mayor Iudiciani of Lowellville, Mayor Melfi of Girard, Mayor Mientkiewicz of Niles and Mayor Waddell of Newton Falls.
“I am very pleased that the Senator is making sure that the Mahoning River Corridor Initiative’s projects are staying on the Federal agenda. Our efforts are to repurpose this natural resource that connects our communities – that once fueled the economic engine of the steel industry. We must clean up this corridor in an environmentally friendly way to attract recreational & economic development,” said Mayor Doug Franklin of Warren.
The mayors spoke with Brown about the need for infrastructure improvements, more public/private partnerships and more projects that encourage continued investment and create good-paying jobs.
Brown has joined Senate colleagues to release a blueprint for rebuilding and repairing the nation’s infrastructure while creating millions of construction jobs after President Trump promised a $1 trillion investment in American infrastructure. The President has yet to release his own plan.
Earlier this month, Brown and Sen. Rob Portman also introduced legislation that would apply Buy America rules to all taxpayer-funded infrastructure and public works projects. When Chinese- or Russian- made steel and other products are used instead of American products, it steals jobs from U.S. workers.
Last year, the President signed the 2018 Farm Bill with several Ohio-specific provisions Brown fought to secure, including provisions that would increase investments in expanding broadband internet.
Following the discussion, Brown will continue fighting for the Mahoning Valley and the priorities of Ohio working families in Washington.