Welcome to the Southwestern Commission
- your regional council of government. We serve as a technical, economic, and planning resource to local towns and counties in our western region.
Officially known as the Southwestern North Carolina Planning and Economic Development Commission, we cover the counties of Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, and Swain and the 17 municipalities therein.
Southwestern North Carolina continues to change rapidly, and as the population increases, so does demand on local government to provide the needed services and infrastructure. The Southwestern Commission remains on the leading edge of this growth, providing expertise in land use planning, economic and workforce development, and elderly services. Our work, and your love of this region, ensure that regional growth occurs in a healthy and sustainable manner that benefits us all.
For the last year, the Southwestern Commission has worked to develop the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy for Region A as part of our partnership with the U.S. Economic Development Administration. This was done with input from a variety of stakeholders through both surveys and through the formation of a steering committee made up of public, private, and non-profit stakeholders in the region. The goal of the project has been to identify goals and objectives that would move the region forward over the next five years and support funding requests for local projects.
We are taking public comment through September 25th and would appreciate your comments on the plan. We would also appreciate if you would share this with other stakeholders in your community. You can follow the link below to access the plan.
Comments can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed anonymously to:
125 Bonnie Lane
Sylva, NC 28779
Southwestern Commission is now offering regional e-newsletters, and our goal is to feature updates from across the region! If you have news about your community, please send it our way! In the meantime, check out our most recent newsletter HERE.
If you would like to sign up to receive our e-newsletter, please contact Becca Scott at email@example.com!