Mayors Association of Ohio
- Cooperation with The Ohio Municipal League in the maintenance of a central bureau of information and research for the collection, analysis, and dissemination of information concerning municipal government;
- The fostering of conferences, meetings, schools and short courses for the discussion and study of municipal problems and the techniques involved in their solution; to provide an opportunity for mayors to meet as a separate group for the discussion of the special problems, responsibilities and experiences of the mayors as a special class of officers and as heads of cities and villages of the state; the rendering of such special and general services as may be deemed advisable; the publication and circulation of such bulletins and reports on municipal government as may be compiled from time to time; and
- The securing of harmony of action among the municipalities of Ohio and other agencies of government in all matters which affect the citizens of Ohio creating the awareness of all levels of government of the problems of municipal government in Ohio by presenting the facts and experiences upon which to formulate sound municipal policies.
I would like to extend to you a personal invitation to join the Mayors Association of Ohio. This organization, an affiliate of the Ohio Municipal League, was created to allow mayors across the state to network, share best practices and advocate before the state legislature on issues affecting municipalities. Membership will provide you with the distinct advantage of meeting fellow mayors in a collaborative atmosphere where ideas can be exchanged and solutions explored regarding issues confronting all local communities. The Association also gives mayors from municipalities that are small or large, urban or rural, to connect with members of the state legislature and advocate for their communities on a statewide level.
Recently, the governing board has changed the dues schedule. It is important to note that there has not been an increase in dues for the past ten years. The current dues schedule is as follows:
- $50 for municipalities with populations between 0-2,500;
- $75 for municipalities with populations between 2,500-5,000;
- $100 for municipalities with populations between 5,000-25,000;
- $150 for municipalities with populations between 25,000-100,000;
- $200 for municipalities with populations of 100,000 or more.
The Mayors Association has gone through some recent changes to improve and strengthen the impact and outreach of the organization. The governing board has been exploring new strategies to ensure greater financial flexibility with the association while increasing the association’s footprint through enhanced resources and more direct outreach. Incoming projects include creating a weekly newsletter informing Ohio’s mayors of the legislative initiatives around the statehouse, as well as increasing engagement with the legislature through written and in-person testimony. These initiatives will be instituted by Brad Barger of Capitol Square Advisors, who is now working with the Mayors Association of Ohio. Brad contracts with the Ohio Municipal League to lobby on municipal issues.
The makeup of the governing board is as follows: officers of the Mayors Association of Ohio are selected from the ranks of the Executive Committee on an annual basis. City and Village mayors alternate as officers to the extent possible. Executive Committee members serve 2-year terms and there are an equal number of city and village mayors represented. This plan assures that neither large nor small municipalities dominate the organization.Please find the membership application enclosed. More information for the association can be found by going to www.omlohio.org and selecting affiliates at the top page. I hope you will consider joining the association to have greater connectivity with your peers and to be better armed for future challenges.