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      Collins, other new mayors talk jobs with Pres. Obama

      D. Michael Collins

      Newly-elected leaders for two cities across the country visited the White House for a meeting with President Barack Obama, and that list of mayors including Toledo's D. Michael Collins.

      Collins, who edged out Mayor Mike Bell in the November election, joined mayors from large cities in 11 other states at the meeting Friday.

      The White House says the gathering was part of the administration's effort to partner with mayors on work that leads to "high-paying, high-skill" jobs and stronger economic situations in their hometowns.

      Obama listed a variety of examples, including trying to ensure that transportation funding maximizes economic development.

      Collins joined other winners in November's mayoral races, including Detroit's Mike Duggan, New York City's Bill deBlasio, Los Angeles' Eric Garcetti, Boston's Martin Walsh, Charlotte's Patrick Cannon, Pittsburgh's Bill Peduto, and others.

      A 27-year Toledo Police Department veteran, Collins has said he plans to boost morale in the city of Toledo once his administration begins their work.He is expected to announce his cabinet on Monday.