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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

Request for Proposals: Region A Community Broadband Assessment

The Southwestern Commission is seeking the professional services of a qualified consultant to conduct a Community Broadband Assessment for the seven western counties of North Carolina.  For  detailed RFP, please visit the link below.  Deadline for proposals has been extended to July 10th, 2017 at 5:00 pm.

RFP: Community Broadband Assessment

Dementia Friends USA

The work of the Area Agency on Aging encompasses various topics that affect our older adults and their caregivers.  One area that has been a focus of the AAA has been dementia sensitivity training, primarily offered for those who provide care for older adults who might be suffering from dementia, including family members and extending all the way to Emergency Medial Services personnel.

Along the same line as the work of the AAA, a group called Dementia Friends USA has started a global movement that is changing the way people think, act, and talk about dementia.  The Dementia Friends initiative is helping to make a difference for people touched by dementia by helping everyone in a community understand what dementia is and what effects it can have on a person.

To read more about this initiative, please visit the Dementia Friends USA website, and be sure to watch the video to learn more about this important work and what we can all do in our own communities to help those who are living with dementia.  And feel free to contact the Area Agency on Aging to learn how you can get involved as well!