Minneapolis St. Paul 2010

For more than four decades, the Twin Cities have functioned under a regional government, the Metropolitan Council, that operates the regional wastewater and transit systems and develops long-range plans integrating land use and transportation. While the Twin Cities region is home to almost double the population of Central Texas, traffic congestion is no worse there as measured by the Texas Transportation Institute. Additionally, Minnesota has been at the leading edge of medical research and health care as the home to many bio/life science companies and the Mayo Clinic. As the site of the nation’s first charter school, the Twin Cities have pioneered innovative strategies for education, teacher preparation, and student success. Minneapolis continues to implement ambitious plans transforming its once-industrial riverfront to a vital, mixed use downtown offering employment, residential, and recreational opportunities for residents at all income levels.


Metropolitan Council: A Regional Government at Work

  • Peter Bell, Chairman, Metropolitan Council

How Health Care Needs to be Transformed, and it's Role in the Vitality and Economic Strength of a Community

  • Douglas L. Wood, M.D., Medical Director, Quality Academy Chair, Division of Health Care Policy Research, Mayo Clinic

Metropolitan Transit System Planning and Funding

  • Abby McKenzie, Director, Office of Investment Management, MNDOT
  • Peter McLaughlin, Hennepin County Commissioner
  • Tom Weaver, Regional Administrator, Metro Council

Regional Mayors Perspective

  • Mayor Chris Coleman, City of Saint Paul
  • Mayor James Hovland, City of Edina
  • Mayor Elizabeth Kautz, City of Burnsville

Growing the Bio Life Sciences Sector

Building a Vibrant Downtown to Live, Work & Play

Corporate Engagement in Community Issues

  • Mary Brainerd, President & CEO, HealthPartners; Chair Itasca Group
  • Charlie Zelle, President & CEO, Jefferson Lines; Co-Chair, Itasca Transportation Initiative
  • Jay Cowles, President, Unity Ave; Co-Chair, Itasca Transportation Initiative

Guaranteeing Teacher Success and Managing Tough Choices in K-12

The Fabric of America's 'Most Affordable Place to Live Well'

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Other Trips