Our Work

The Southwestern Commission provides invaluable services to the member governments to which we serve. We answer the changing needs of the aging population by serving as the Area Agency on Aging. The goal of the AAA is to enable older adults to live independently in their own homes for as long as possible. We do this by providing key direct services that support not just the aging adult, but those that care for them. We make sure that their legal rights are protected with our Long Term Care Ombudsman program, and we work to ensure they live a long, healthy life with health promotion programs, health insurance education, and legal services.

We are the regional resource for Community and Economic Development, working to ensure that our communities have dependable infrastructure, safe and affordable housing and a workforce that can meet the changing expectations of our new economy. We partner with education and economic groups, and have a revolving loan fund to boost the creation of jobs in local business and industry.

The Southwestern Commission serves as the Regional Planning Organization for the region, providing transportation planning and mapping/GIS support to all the counties and municipalities within our region.

Finally, our role within the region is one of Workforce Development. We are the Southwestern Workforce Development Board and we are one of 23 such boards in the state of North Carolina. Our workforce development board is empowered to make important decisions regarding funding and governance of employment and training services.