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(12/13/13) - It was a big day for Toledo Mayor-Elect D. Michael Collins, as he joined a dozen other newly elected mayors from all different size cities across the country at the White House Friday.

"It was just overwhelming," said Collins, who was afraid the meeting with President Obama and Vice-President Biden would be a glorified photo-op, but he says it was anything but.  

Collins says the president sat with the mayors for an hour-and-a-half, discussing the important issues they and their cities face, like poverty, unemployment, and the shrinking of federal funding.

Collins made sure the president was aware of the problems back home.

"We discussed the issues in Toledo as it relates to the infrastructure and our aging water systems and sewers, and he seemed to understand that," said Collins.  "We discussed the issues of the algae, and the problem we have every summer."

President Obama said, "There are some basic things that we can do just to create a better economic environment for these outstanding mayors."

As Collins prepares to head back home and get to work at City Hall, he's feeling optimistic about the future.

"I have a new energy, to be honest with you – realizing that we're in a tunnel, but there is a light," said Collins.

President Obama says he hopes to continue his relationship with these mayors over his next three years.  He joked that some of them will be around a lot longer than he will be, and he hopes they will continue to have a relationship with the White House, no matter who the president is.

 

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