PITTSFIELD — U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, met with Mayor Linda M. Tyer, elected city officials, and staff members at City Hall to offer an official welcome and engage in a discussion that highlighted key issues, according to a press release.

Attendees included state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier; City Council President Peter Marchetti; Ward 6 City Councilor John Krol; Matt Kerwood, director of finance; and Roberta McCulloch-Dews, director of administrative services.

Topics included workforce development, job creation, General Electric's relocation to the commonwealth in Boston and the opioid epidemic in the state.

"I had a very good and productive meeting with Mayor Tyer today on her vision for Pittsfield for the next four years," Neal said in the release. "She clearly has a strategic plan that focuses on economic development, job creation and reducing crime in the largest city in the Berkshires."

Tyer thanked the congressman for the collaboration.

"I deeply appreciate Congressman Neal's visit today," she said. "I believe it signifies the beginning of a thoughtful, working relationship ahead, and I look forward to the congressman's support as we work to build a better Pittsfield."