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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, the 17 municipalities therein, and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

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.

 

 

News and Updates

Macon County CTP

The Southwestern Rural Planning Organization (RPO) is seeking public input on the 2021 Macon County Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP).   Macon County Comprehensive Transportation Plan Draft April 2021 Comments may be…

The Senior Resource Guide Is Online!

The Southwestern Commission Area Agency on Aging is honored to once again provide the region with EMBRACING AGING: A Senior Resource Guide for the Southwestern Mountains of N.C. This guide…

2021 Council of Government Orientation Recording

On January 27, 2021, the Southestern Commission held an orientation session for elected officials and local government staff.  This session was designed to introduce the Southwestern Commission and inform our…

March 2021 COVID Resource Guide Update

The Southwestern Commission has compiled new information and new resources for an update to our COVID Resource Guide.  In this document, you will find information relevant for businesses, nonprofits, local…

2020 Virtual Funders Forum

On Tuesday, October 27, the Southwestern Commission premiered a Virtual Funders Forum video! The event featured representatives from local, state, and federal organizations who shared important information about the funding…

Long-Term Care Facilities Reopened for Visitors

On March 13, 2020, visits by the general public to long-term care (LTC) facilities were restricted by Executive Order from Gov. Cooper due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While essential medical…