Mayor Tito Brown will be in the audience for the State of the Union address on Tuesday night. 

A press release was sent Monday morning to announce Mayor Tito Brown was invited by Republican Senator Rob Portman.

In the release, Portman said he was impressed with the work Brown has done for Youngstown.

Brown said in the release that they have built an incredible work relationship since he was elected as mayor. 

Brown tells us besides hoping to hear the president talk about what he’ll do to help autoworkers in Lordstown and elsewhere, he’d like to see what the administration can do to help small cities like Youngstown.

“Infrastructure, we want to talk about economic development. Also about local control in government. How cities like Youngstown can have monies from the federal level to improve the lives of the residents of Youngstown,” Brown said.

Besides the Mayor, United Autoworkers local president Dave Green and East Liverpool Police Officer Chris Green have also been invited as guests for the president’s speech.

Here is the entire release:

Portman Invites Mayor of Youngstown Tito Brown to Attend State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ahead of tomorrow evening’s State of the Union address, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) announced that Tito Brown, Mayor of Youngstown, will accompany him as his guest:

“I’m honored to invite my friend Mayor Brown to join me for the State of the Union address,” said Portman. “I’m proud of the work Mayor Brown has done for the community of Youngstown and continue to be impressed with his leadership that is moving this city forward. Recently, Youngstown received a federal BUILD grant that will be use to provide great multimodal access between key employers in the Mahoning Valley, and I’m excited about how these transportation improvements will strengthen economic growth and job creation in Northeast Ohio.”

“It is truly an honor to be invited by Senator Portman to attend the State of the Union Address,” said Mayor Brown. “Sen. Portman and I have developed a great working relationship since I’ve been elected Mayor of the city of Youngstown. I am honored and look forward to representing Youngstown and its citizens at the President’s State of the Union address.”

NOTE: Portman sent a letter of support to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao for the Youngstown BUILD Grant application in June of last year. Portman met with Youngstown leaders, including Mayor Brown, in January and September of last year to discuss the BUILD Grant.  He also discussed the merits of the BUILD Grant application with Secretary Chao in November. Last December, Portman met with Youngstown leaders in D.C. to discuss the BUILD project, which will enhance mobility, improve safety, and integrate technology into a modern and efficient multimodal transportation system in downtown Youngstown.