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

Now Hiring – Project Manager

The Southwestern Commission is seeking a resourceful, community-minded candidate to fill the position of Project Manager. The Project Manager will assist local governments with various community and economic development-related projects,…

Opioid Settlement Planning Process

The Southwestern Commission Region will receive approximately $29mm over an 18-year period to address the region’s opioid crisis.  To ensure that these funds are utilized as effectively and efficiently as possible,…

Opioid Focus Group Sessions

Join us for a 1.5-hour virtual focus group to discuss opioid use, resources, treatment, and prevention in your community. Your experience is a critical part of the opioid needs assessment…

Evergreen Regional Economic Impact Report

Strong Partnerships and Sustained Efforts Help Region in Times of Uncertainty  The news that Pactiv Evergreen Packaging would close its Canton facility after 115 years sent shockwaves throughout western North…