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Mayor-elect Warren visits White House

Washington, D.C. -- President Barack Obama has invited 16 newly-elected mayors, including Rochester's Lovely Warren, to the White House for a Friday discussion on urban issues.

He says the nation's cities are central to the economic progress of the United States and that he wants to work with mayors to provide an environment that makes them key job creation hubs.

According to the White House, this group of newly-elected Mayors from across the country will discuss the ways in which the Obama Administration can serve as an active partner on job creation and ensuring middle class families have a pathway to opportunity.

The following other mayors and mayors-elect are expected to attend:

Los Angeles, CA Mayor Eric Garcetti
St. Petersburg, FL Mayor-elect Rick Kriseman
Boston, MA Mayor-elect Martin Walsh
Detroit, MI Mayor-elect Mike Duggan
Minneapolis, MN Mayor-elect Betsy Hodges
Jersey City, NJ Mayor Steven Fulop
New York, NY Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio
Charlotte, NC Mayor-elect Patrick Cannon
Greensboro, NC Mayor Nancy Vaughan
Cincinnati, OH Mayor John Cranley
Toledo, OH Mayor-elect D. Michael Collins
Harrisburg, PA Mayor-elect Eric Papenfuse
Pittsburgh, PA Mayor-elect Bill Peduto
Chattanooga, TN Mayor Andy Berke
Seattle, WA Mayor-elect Ed Murray

Mayor-Elect Lovely Warren was able to speak to President Obama and Vice President Biden about her vision and agenda for the city of Rochester. 

Rochester NY has a proud tradition and history. But in recent years, the home of Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony, the Eastman Kodak Company, Bausch and Lomb and the Xerox Corporation has become two cities one of great prosperity and one of great suffering, said Warren. While we are still the home to visionary entrepreneurs, the loss of our traditional manufacturing base has tumbled many formerly middle class families into poverty. In some parts of our city, unemployment is greater than it was during the Great Depression. Only 5% of our children graduate ready for college or career. My vision and agenda is to work with all stakeholders to bridge the gaps, lessen the disparities, educate the children and repair the mid-level employment skills deficiency gap so that we can start to put people back to work. We have a strong base. Our people are resilient. I believe we can," Warren said in a statement.

Warren was with the president when staff informed him of the shooting in colorado. 13WHAM spoke with the Mayor-Elect.

"We were just all saddened, just really sad about what's happening across our country," said Lovely Warren. "We see it in our city every day, not every day but many times in our city with gun violence and it's just really impacting people across the board and the President, of course, was very shaken by that."

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