LEADING INTO THE FUTURE: The nationally recognized Regional Council of Mayors (RCM) is a nonpartisan coalition building civic trust through connected relationships, inquiry, positive intentions, and collective action focused on issues of regional significance.
Equip mayors for unifying, complex, adaptive leadership
Exchange of ideas and emerging innovation
Seek to understand and find the common good
Foster access, inclusion, diversity, and equity
The nationally recognized Regional Council of Mayors (RCM) was formed in 2004 as a voluntary opportunity for regional mayors to convene and focus on issues of regional significance. The RCM provides a nonpartisan platform for networking, learning, collaboration, and action that supports the region’s overall economic competitiveness, prosperity and quality of life. The RCM forms initiative advisory committees to catalyze action strategies focused on relevant and timely issues, e.g., housing, environment, transportation, jobs, healthy communities. The RCM is supported by ULI Minnesota.
Held the second Monday of each month and hosted by Dorsey & Whitney.* Mayors are encouraged to participate on a consistent basis.
*COVID: Until in-person events are possible we are hosting RCM meetings via Zoom.
The RCM operates without a formal legal structure. It is guided by two co-chairs, an RCM Executive Committee, (current and former chairs and the ULI Minnesota RCM Program Director and ULI Minnesota Executive Director), set agendas and recommend leadership positions. Initiative advisory committees are co-chaired by a mayor and a private sector leader. Initiative committee terms are open ended.
There are no dues. The RCM is supported by contributions from Comcast, Dorsey & Whitney, and Target; parking, lunch and staff support are provided. RCM mayors are encouraged to join ULI as individual members or under the public agency package program.
The RCM, as an informal organization, will not take actions that obligate or act on behalf of participating mayors or their city. From time to time, Mayors and/or their cities will lend their support on matters of regional significance, which have been vetted by the RCM, through resolutions, testimony or letters.
Minnesota Mayors Together
In 2017, the RCM launched Minnesota Mayors Together seeking to break down the urban/rural divide by bringing MN mayors together in conversation to build civic trust. The goal is to shift a negative culture, not to build a structure. On October 11-12, thirteen mayors, including five members of the Regional Council of Mayors, gathered in Bemidji, MN for the first of a series of conversations across the state.
In The News
Cities say it’s time to step it up
By Mary Jane Smetanka | Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011
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Regional Council of Mayors: A Vacation From Bitter Partisanship
By Steve Berg | Monday, Feb. 28, 2011
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Mayor Kautz takes the lead at the US Conference of Mayors (USCM)
RCM co-chair Mayor Elizabeth Kautz (Burnsville) serves as the 68th president of the USCM.
Read or watch Mayor Kautz’s inaugural address or read the USCM press release.
ULI MN Executive Director
Regional Council of Mayors