Dan Keyport introduced Deb Barber the Metropolitan council representative for most of Carver and Scott counties. Deb in a bio-mechanical engineer and partners with Dan’s wife Georgiann in Canopy Medical, a medical device consulting company (www.canopymedical.com). She is a Shakopee resident, and has been active in her community for many years, serving on Boards for school, city and county. She was appointed as the District 4 representative by Governor Dayton to the Met Council four months ago, replacing Gary Van Eyll. Deb described the process she followed to receive her position, and explained the goal of the Council which is a unique form of collaborative government that joins the cities and communities of the Twin Cities and surrounding area to achieve growth and prosperity through coordinated resources, services and planning. These include community development, water resources, wastewater treatment, transportation, and parks. Deb started to explain a planning document “Thrive MSP 2040” which describes a vision for the metropolitan counties and cities. Our meeting is one of her first public encounters as she forms relationships within her large and diverse constituency. She asked for questions, and many of us obliged with discussions about the Southwest light rail project and affordable housing.
Deb Barber can be contacted at [email protected], phone 612-819-0848. To find out more about the Met Council: http://www.metrocouncil.org/