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

Upcoming Community Workshop

Registration is open for the May 18 learning workshop led by Dr. Vaughn Grisham.  Dr. Grisham is a leading community development expert who has done work in more than 30 states and two Canadian provinces.  The workshop is scheduled from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Hinton Center in Hayesville, NC.

This workshop will be a tremendous opportunity for community leaders in Region A to learn from a renown expert who has helped small communities accomplish amazing things!  Registration for this event is $10, and lunch is provided!

Click here to register for this workshop.

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.