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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

October Newsletter

Have you seen our October e-newsletter?   Be sure to check it out to learn more about what is happening throughout our region, including workshops and other events, current and future…

Public Input Requested on Transportation Priorities

P5.0 SWRPO Local Input Points Division Needs Category Southwestern Commission’s Rural Planning Organization is seeking public comment on the list of transportation projects that have been selected for potential funding…

Thank You to Senior Celebration Sponsors

Senior Celebration is a day set aside to honor older adults in the seven westernmost counties of North Carolina. The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians’ Tsali Manor led this effort for…

Housing & Economic Development Summit

On Tuesday, August 28, 2018, for a one-day summit, “Housing and Economic Development: Bridging the Gap.”  This event will feature presentations on the connection between housing and economic development as…

2017 Annual Report Released

Our 2017 Annual Report is now available!  The Annual Report is full of information about the projects and programs that the Southwestern Commission has been working on in the last…