Why We Matter

Fostering a prosperous region

The educated, mobile workforce of the future can choose to live anywhere. Successful regions attract skilled workers by providing a high quality of life: a healthy environment, clean water, convenient transit options, parks for recreation and exercise, and housing options.

The Twin Cities region is a great place to live, work, raise a family, and do business. We aim to keep it that way, and we continue to improve it.

50+ years of partnerships

The Met Council was created more than 50 years ago as "a regional solution for regional problems." We've evolved to meet new challenges over time. In a speech marking the 50th Anniversary of the Metropolitan Council, Chair Alene Tchourumoff cautioned that the Twin Cities region could fall behind peer cities if leaders do not continue to make long-term investments in vital infrastructure like affordable housing and transportation.

Our 50th Anniversary celebration highlighted how partnerships help ensure a prosperous, sustainable, competitive region.

Our work enhances our quality of life and economic competitiveness:



  • Our Metro Transit bus and rail systems get people to work, school and services, and help reduce road congestion so businesses can move their goods efficiently.

  • Our Metro Mobility and Transit Link services transport people unable to use regular-route transit.

  • Our transportation planners play a key role in creating our vision for roads and transit to ensure effective and cost-efficient investments.

Plant Water Tanks

Clean water and wastewater treatment

Gateway Lofts

Planning and development

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New Building


  • Our Housing Policy Plan identifies regional housing needs and priorities, connects housing to other Council system plans, and provides guidance for local housing planning.

  • Our Metro HRA provides affordable housing for 6,500 low-income households in nearly 100 communities.