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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

Appalachian Leadership Institute

Applications are now being accepted for the Appalachian Leadership Institute, which is a new leadership and economic development training opportunity for community leaders who currently live and/or work in Appalachia. …

NC ARC 2020 Pre-Application

The North Carolina Appalachian Regional Commission Program is now accepting applications for Fiscal Year 2020 Projects.  The deadline for these pre-applications is 5:00 PM on April 12, 2019. Our staff…

Thank You for Attending Our COG Orientation

 Last month, Southwestern Commission employees held two different sessions of our “Council of Government Orientation,” where we presented information on our organization, including programs and services that our different departments…

Request for Letters of Qualifications

Your firm is invited to submit Letters of Qualifications to become eligible for a possible interview for architectural/engineering services relative to design and construction requirements for the Southwestern NC Planning…

February Newsletter

Have you seen our February e-newsletter?   It is full of information about what is happening throughout our region, including workshops and other events, current and future funding opportunities, and updates…