Celebrating 50 years!

Partnerships help ensure a prosperous, sustainable, competitive region

50 years: 1967 - 2017Council Chair urges region to choose innovation

Chair Alene Tchourumoff, Governor Mark Dayton, and more than 200 local officials and former Council members gathered January 25, 2018 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Metropolitan Council at McNamara Alumni Center on the University of Minnesota campus.  

A panel discussion between former Council Chairs Sue Haigh, Ted Mondale, and Curt Johnson, with moderator Brian McDaniel (former Council member), reflected on their service and discussed how to tackle the regional challenges of the future.  Learn more about the role regional partnerships and long-term planning have played in building a high quality of life for the region.

Chair Tchourumoff at podium.Chair Tchourumoff's remarks: "The Next 50 Years: Choosing Innovation"

"We are here today to celebrate the accomplishments and partnerships we have built together with the Metropolitan Council over the past 50 years." - Alene Tchourumoff

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. 

Panel discussion: Regional Challenges of the Future

Celebrating our successful partnerships

Then and Now

See how our infrastructure has grown since the Council began 50 years ago!  "Then and Now" maps show regional parks, highways, and wastewater treatment plants in 1967 and 2017 (pdf).

Fifty years of making a difference

Photos from the event

Gov. Mark Dayton at Council's 50th Anniversary event.

Panel discussion with former Council Chairs Ted Mondale, Susan Haigh, and Curt Johnson with moderator Brian McDaniel.

200+ members of the audience listening to Chair Tchourumoff at 50th Anniversary event.