A regional council is a public organization created to foster coordination among neighboring communities and to provide a regional approach to those concerns crossing local boundaries.

A regional council serves a district of local communities whose residents are joined as a unit economically, socially, and geographically. The local governments representing these communities have joined together voluntarily to address common economic and social concerns through the efforts of regional councils.

Regional councils are multi-purpose organizations with legal status. Most are voluntary associations and do not have the power to regulate or tax. Primarily funded by local governments and with state and federal funds, the councils are responsible to the representatives of the communities in their regions. The governing bodies of regional councils are primarily composed of local government officials and/or appointed representatives of local and county government.

Nationwide there are more than 670 of these , representing almost all 50 states. These councils are a vehicle for local governments to share their resources and to make the most of funding, planning and human resources.

Through communication, planning, policy making, coordination, advocacy, and technical assistance, regional councils serve the local governments and citizens in their region by dealing with issues and needs that cross city, town, county, and in some instances, state boundaries.

The regional view encourages an impartial, bipartisan conduit for the exchange of information, and fosters objective recommendations for the resolution of problems, including the ability to interrelate many key areas of concern.