Established in 1954, the Ramat Hanegev Regional Council is Israel's largest regional council. The Council stretches over roughly 4.3 million dunams (4300 sq. km - about 22% of the total area of the State of Israel), extending from the Negev Junction in the north to the Ramon Crater in the south (Machtesh Ramon), and from Highway 10 in the west (along the border with Egypt) to Hamachtesh Hagadol (the Big Crater) in the east. 12 settlements are under its territorial jurisdiction: 4 kibbutzim – Revivim, Mashabei Sadeh, Telalim and Sde Boker; 5 communal settlements – Midreshet Ben-Gurion, Ashlim, Azuz, Merhav-Am, Retamim; 3 moshavim (cooperative settlements): Kadesh Barnea, Kmehin and Beer Milka. In Ramat Hanegev there are 3 settlement-educational projects: Kfar Hanoar Nitzana (Nitzana Youth Village), Ruah Hamidbar, and Shanti Bamidbar.
The Ramat Hanegev Regional Council boasts a population of 5500, according to 2010 statistics.
Treasurer: Eliezer Ben Said; Tel.: 08-6564180