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 continue to improve it.


Created nearly 50 years ago as "a regional solution for regional problems," the Council has evolved to
meet new challenges over time.  Read the History of the Council.

The Council's work enhances our quality of life and economic competitiveness: 

 

Bus

Transportation 

  • 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

Biker In Park

Parks 

New Building

Housing

  • 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.