Who We Are

What We Do

Why We Matter

Council Investments in the Region

The Metropolitan Council is the regional policy-making body, planning agency, and provider of essential services for the Twin Cities metropolitan region. The Council's mission is to foster efficient and economic growth for a prosperous region. 

Policy-making, planning & coordination

The 17-member Metropolitan Council is a policy-making board, which has guided the strategic growth of the metro area for nearly 50 years.  Elected officials and citizens share their expertise with the Council by serving on key advisory committees.

Strategic investments & services support regional economic vitality
The Council also 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.

Our priorities

  • Create a financially sustainable 21st century transportation system

  • Promote housing opportunities for all

  • Invest in infrastructure that supports economic development

Our staff

Collage of Council staff photos and link to video interviews.The Council's staff represents a wide range of skills, knowledge, and expertise.  See several brief videos highlighting Council staff whose work supports transportation, wastewater treatment and water supply planning, housing, community development, planning, parks, and more.

Our history

The Council was created as "a regional solution for regional problems" nearly 50 years ago. Learn how the Council has evolved over the years to meet the needs of a growing and changing region.

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