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As the only directly-elected regional government in the United States, Metro has helped shape the political, economic, social and built landscape of the Portland metropolitan area since 1979. Working with communities, businesses and leaders across 24 cities and 3 counties, Metro addresses issues related to land use, transportation, garbage and recycling, parks and nature, economic development and cultural amenities.
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Metro's archives and special collections preserve the history of the agency for current and future generations. Metro is committed to the proper stewardship of public records and is working to increase public access by identifying, preserving and cataloging historically significant records and adding them to a digital archive.
Metro Archives and Special Collections is the official repository of records that have enduring value to the agency and the public. The primary mission is to appraise, collect, organize, describe, preserve, and make available records documenting the history of Metro and its predecessor agencies.