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.

Featured Posts

PBS documentary, “Alzheimer’s: Every Minute Counts”

In case you missed it, you can view the full episode of the powerful PBS documentary, Alzheimer’s: Every Minute Counts – an urgent wake-up call about the national threat posed by Alzheimer’s disease. Many know the unique tragedy of this disease, but few know that Alzheimer’s is one of the most critical public health crises facing America.

RFP: Opt-in Implementation Fund



The Southwestern Commission is seeking proposals for funding from local governments and non-profits in its seven county service area (Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, and Swain).  The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) “Opt-In Implementation Fund” is providing $10,000 mini-grants to implement strategies from the Opt-In Regional Vision Volume 1.  For detailed grant guidelines, please visit the link below.  Applications for this round of grants will be due by Friday, March 3, 2017 at 5 PM.  The project period will run from April 1 through December 31 of 2017.  For more information, contact Russ Harris via email at russ@regiona.org.  Please read the grant guidelines before contacting the Southwestern Commission.

Opt-In Grant Guidelines-2017