The Metropolitan Council is the regional policy-making body, planning agency, and provider of essential services in the seven-county Twin Cities metro area. Our mission is to foster efficient and economic growth for a prosperous region.
Policy-making, planning, and coordination
The 17-member Metropolitan Council is a policy-making board that guides the strategic growth of the metro area. We partner with 181 cities and townships, 7 counties, other government entities, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and others. Elected officials, local government staff, and residents share their expertise with the Met Council by serving on key advisory committees.
Strategic investments and services support regional economic vitality
The Met Council provides essential services and infrastructure — Metro Transit's bus and rail system, Metro Mobility, Transit Link, wastewater treatment services, regional parks, planning, affordable housing, and more — that support communities and businesses and ensure a high quality of life for residents. We rely on several funding sources, including user fees for wastewater treatment and transit services, state and federal funds, and a seven-county property tax.
Our staff represents a wide range of skills, knowledge, and expertise. Watch videos highlighting Council staff whose work supports transportation, wastewater treatment and water supply planning, housing, community development, planning, parks, and more.
The Met Council was created in 1967 as "a regional solution for regional problems." Learn how we have evolved over the years to meet the needs of a growing and changing region.