Local Leaders Head To Washington For White House Meeting

Aug 29, 2017

More than 80 county commissioners and other local officials from around Ohio are anticipated at a White House meeting aimed at building stronger relationships between President Donald Trump and U.S. communities.

A White House spokesman says the event Tuesday will feature policy discussions with White House staff members as well as presentations from various federal agencies, including Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue.

Not among the White House welcoming party: President Trump himself, who is currently in Texas to tour damage from Hurricane Harvey.

Tuesday's meeting is part of a series of meetings the Trump administration has sponsored in order to strengthen its local connections and to build stronger relationships. The Canton Rep reports the delegation hopes to talk about infrastructure, the oil and gas industry in Ohio, and farming.

Participants come from more than half of Ohio's 88 counties. They include 27 chairs of county commissions. According to the Toledo Blade, only eight of the attendees are Democrats.