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, the 17 municipalities therein, and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

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.

Featured Posts

New “Harvest” Video is Released

The newest in a series of videos from the Southwestern Commission along with with the Mountain West Partnership is now available to view online.  This film grew out the Rural Food Business Assistance Project, which ran a series of community meetings in small towns across WNC last year, and also provided over $20,000 worth of scholarships to over 80 local food businesses in the region. That project aimed to both capture a snapshot of what was happening in the local food scene across WNC’s western counties, and also connect farmers and food businesses with their local Small Business Centers to ensure that they could grow and prosper.

Click HERE to see the video.

Transportation Priorities Survey Open until April 30

The Southwestern Rural Planning Organization provides transportation planning services for the six far western counties of North Carolina – Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Jackson, Macon, and Swain.

We are seeking YOUR opinion on which potential transportation projects should be prioritized for future funding from NCDOT.

Click HERE to access the survey.