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WASHINGTON, D.C. – St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay is among the nearly 300 mayors from around the country in Washington D.C. right now for the annual mayors' conference.

Earlier on Thursday the mayor started a meeting with President Obama, and members of his administration. Mayor Slay says one big topic will be workforce development.

"We are seeing some improvements in the economy. There was a report issued by the conference showing modest growth in almost all metro areas, but it's not good enough. It's still too high an unemployment rate, and we would like to see support at the federal level by things like re-authorizing the Workforce Development Act and fully funding it so we can do things at the local level to prepare people who are unemployed or under employed, lost their jobs, to improve their lives at the local level," he said.

Mayor Slay says they also plan to discuss affordable health care and climate change.