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Christopher Ferguson

Metropolitan Council Member, District 3  |   See District 3 map and cities

Ferguson is the Vice President of Business Development and Delivery for The Summit Group and President and CEO for Bywater Business Solutions. From 2010 to 2014, Ferguson served as Chair of the Central Corridor Business Resources Collaborative. Ferguson has also served on the Midway Chamber of Commerce, Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce, Minneapolis Workforce Council, and the Corridors of Opportunity Policy Board.

Q&A

Why did you apply for a seat on the Council?
My primary interests are around transit and reducing disparities in the region. Transit, housing, and planning are all critical issues to drive the regional economy for the next decade. I was motivated to apply for a seat on the Council to help create a region in which your children and my children can all be successful.

What are you most looking forward to during your service at the Council?
I am looking forward to finding new ways to partner to make a measurable impact on transportation, transit and disparities issues.

Within the Council’s work areas, what do you think is most on the minds of people in your district?
District 3 is most interested in transportation, particularly roads, and parks.

What will be your priority focus area in 2019?
As Chair of the Management Committee, my priorities include ensuring that we spend our resources effectively and efficiently to get a good value for the money we spend at the Council. I also want to increase the Council’s business spend with businesses owned by women, people of color, and veterans using the MCUB and DBE programs, to ensure everyone is participating in our region’s strong economy.

What are the biggest changes you would you like to see in the region by 2040?
Our biggest challenge as a region is our growing labor shortage and stubborn disparities in the region. If we can solve the disparity problem, it will help solve the labor shortage problem and help our economy to grow at the rate that it should grow.

More personally, what do you like to do when you’re not working?
Most winter days you can find me at a hockey rink where I coach PeeWee and Squirt Teams. In the summer, I enjoy golfing and tending to my vegetable garden when I have time!

Biography

Christopher Ferguson lives in Eden Prairie and represents District 3, which includes the cities of Chanhassen, Deephaven, Eden Prairie, Excelsior, Greenwood, Long Lake, Minnetonka, Minnetonka Beach, Minnetrista, Mound, Orono, Shorewood, Spring Park, St. Bonifacius, Tonka Bay, Wayzata, and Woodland.

Ferguson is the Vice President of Business Development and Delivery for The Summit Group and President and CEO for Bywater Business Solutions. From 2010 to 2014, Ferguson served as Chair of the Central Corridor Business Resources Collaborative, leading a group of organizations in successfully supporting small businesses along the METRO Green Line with an innovative marketing and forgivable loan program to minimize closure of businesses during construction. Ferguson has also served on the Midway Chamber of Commerce, Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce, Minneapolis Workforce Council, and the Corridors of Opportunity Policy Board.

“When we think about transit and making the region a better place, equity is key for the Met Council,” Ferguson said. “Our region needs to address the disparities that exist and break down the barriers that are preventing people from accessing opportunities. I look forward to working with our district’s local elected officials as well as engaging the broader community to make sure their perspectives are included and they have a voice at the table.”

“Over the last 25 years, I have built my expertise in sales and finance, advocated for a strong transit system, and developed a deep understanding of our region and worked to eliminate racial disparities to drive economic growth,” Ferguson said.

Ferguson received his master’s degree in environmental engineering from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. He went on to earn his law degree at Osgoode Hall Law School and an MBA from Schulich School of Business, both part of York University in Toronto.

Since 2011, Ferguson has coached youth teams in the Eden Prairie Hockey Association. He enjoys golfing, gardening and spending time with his two sons.

Contact Information
390 Robert St. N.
Saint Paul, MN 55101
Phone: 651-602-1395

christopher.ferguson@metc.state.mn.us

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Ferguson was appointed to the Metropolitan Council by Gov. Tim Walz in March 2019.