Our Vision

A Council of Governments dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of the people of our metropolitan area through collaboration among regional partners.


Our Mission

The mission of the Grand Valley Metropolitan Council is to advance the current and future well-being of our metropolitan area by bringing together public and private sectors to cooperatively advocate, plan for, and coordinate the provision of services and investments which have environmental, economic and social impact.

In pursuit of this mission, it is understood that the well-being of the metropolitan community relies on good government and springs from a shared vision that encompasses many elements, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Preparing now for the challenges of the future
  • Planning for orderly growth and development
  • Minimizing urban sprawl
  • Preserving and enhancing the natural, social, and physical environments
  • Promoting economic vitality and employment opportunities
  • Equitably sharing responsibility for community needs
  • Recognizing the strengths and benefits of diversity
  • Promoting quality lifelong educational opportunities
  • Promoting quality cultural and recreational institutions and facilities
  • Developing a sensible and environmentally sound transportation system to serve all population groups
  • Vigilantly preserving the health and safety of the general public
  • Effectively utilizing and enhancing existing infrastructure
  • Eliminating unnecessary duplication of services
  • Effectively advocating for financial equity and other assistance with the State and Federal governments
  • Conserving and enhancing healthy neighborhoods, business districts and employment centers
  • Promoting a high quality of life now and for future generations