Apply for a Seat on the Metropolitan Council

Serve the region


People interested in serving the Twin Cities metro region can now apply to be a Metropolitan Council member.

For more than 50 years, the Council, a political subdivision of the state of Minnesota, has played a key role in coordinating regional growth and planning. We also provide essential services such as transit and wastewater treatment. We convene partners to accomplish ambitious goals unrealistic for a single community, but possible as a region.

Council Members have the opportunity to guide policy decisions impacting the future growth and economic vitality of our region, with an eye toward five key outcomes identified in the region’s 30-year vision: stewardship, prosperity, equity, livability and sustainability. They do this in partnership with a wide array of stakeholders, from local governments to nonprofits to residents. The Council’s work is grounded in the principles of integration, collaboration and accountability.

The 17-member Council includes a Chair who serves at-large and 16 members who each represent a geographically defined Council district. The governor appoints all members, who serve at the governor’s pleasure (not for fixed terms). Members cannot hold elected public office and must reside within the Council district they represent. The Council is organized by committees, which make recommendations to the full board.

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How to apply for a seat on the Council

Interested applicants should apply on the Minnesota Secretary of State website. Applications are due Jan. 9, 2019.

Applications for the Chair position have closed.

About the Metropolitan Council

In 1967, the Minnesota Legislature charged the Council with fostering efficient and economical growth for a prosperous region and coordinating the efficient delivery of services that couldn’t be provided by any one city or county. Between 1967 and 1974, additional legislation created the Metropolitan Transit Commission (now Metro Transit); a regional sewer system; a unique tax-base sharing system; the regional park system and the Metro Housing and Redevelopment Authority.

The state’s Legislative Commission on Metropolitan Government reviews and provides feedback on the Council’s operating and capital budgets including the capital program. The Council’s preliminary 2019 operating budget is projected to be $1.107 billion, and its six-year capital improvement plan is $7.56 billion. The Council employs roughly 4,400 people.

The Council’s jurisdiction is the seven-county metropolitan area surrounding Minneapolis and Saint Paul and includes Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington counties and 180 municipalities.

The region’s population is 3.08 million (55% of the state) and has 1.74 million jobs (61% of all jobs in Minnesota). The metro area is home to 17 Fortune 500 companies and several of the largest private companies in United States. More than 60% of the population lives within 30 minutes of their job, with an unemployment rate of 3.2%. Compared with competing regions, our residents are healthier, more educated, and have greater access to parks and trails.

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