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

Several Dementia Friends Workshops to Be Held In Region A

A Dementia Friendly Community is one that cares about its neighbors; one that listens to the feelings of its residents with dementia; one that recognizes the signs; one that understands the needs; and one that acts.

It’s a place where people with dementia will live as independently as possible and be valued and respected. Where they can engage in activities that we take for granted and be supported as these activities become more difficult. Where these changes will be noticed, understood, and accepted.

This Spring, various community partners are sponsoring Dementia education events in both Jackson County and Macon County.   These events are for anyone interested in learning about dementia and how to make our community a more Dementia Friendly Community.

For more information on dates, time, and locations, please click on the flyers below.

Macon County Flyer

Jackson County Flyer

Region A Broadband Assessment

In 2017, the Southwestern Commission and the MountainWest Partnership contracted ECC Technologies to conduct an assessment of broadband availability and demand in the 7 western counties of North Carolina.  The entire report is attached below for viewing.

Contact Sarah Thompson with questions: sarah@regiona.org


Region A Broadband Assessment