Input Needed to Prioritize Community Needs for Housing Funding

The Southwestern Commission Council of Governments (the Southwestern Commission) is planning multiple public engagement activities and stakeholder consultations to develop an Allocation Plan that will detail community priorities for use of the region’s Home Investment Partnerships Program American Rescue Plan (HOME-ARP) funding. This supplemental funding is part of The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, … Read more

Public Comment for HOME Consortium CAPER Report

The Southwestern NC HOME Consortium is accepting public comment for its Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report.  This public comment period will remain open until November 11, 2022, at 5:00 PM.  The report is available below: Southwestern NC HOME Consortium CAPER

Request for Proposals – Grant Writing Services

The Southwestern Commission invites qualified candidates to submit proposals for contractual grant writing services.  The Commission is seeking to contract with an individual or firm that specializes in the writing and management of the overall grant process and can assist the Commission to maximize the benefits of grant funding and augment the work already being … Read more

2022 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy

The Southwestern Commission serves as the Economic Development District for the U.S. Economic Development Administration.  One of the functions that we carry out as part of that role is to create the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for the region.  The plan is a 5-year strategy, and updates are completed annually to reflect implementation and … Read more

AAA Discusses the Elder Abuse Awareness Walks

On May 26, several members of the Southwestern Commission Area Agency on Aging staff were able to take part in a radio session on WKRK.  Lisa Allen, Health and Community Educator, and Anna Rogers, Long-term Care Regional Ombudsman, joined Denise Cross, Director of Cherokee County Senior Services, to discuss the topic of elder abuse in order … Read more

ARPA Reporting Deadline Approaching

An important reporting deadline is approaching regarding the American Rescue Plan (ARP) and the State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund program. The Project and Expenditure Report is due April 30, 2022. For many local governments, this will mark the first time filing reports with the U.S. Treasury. It is crucial that all North Carolina cities … Read more

Rural Transformation Grants Now Available

The NC Department of Commerce has announced a new funding program– Rural Transformation Grants.  Applications for these grants are due on May 2, 2022, and they should be submitted through the Rural Connect Portal. Rural Transformation Grants can support: Main Street and downtown investment and revitalization efforts; Initiatives that help create resilient neighborhoods; Community enhancements … Read more

Anna Rogers Shares Visitation Guidance on WKRK

Anna Rogers, Regional Long-Term Care Ombudsman for Southwestern Commission’s Area Agency on Aging, was recently a guest on the WKRK radio show.  Anna joined Denise Cross, Cherokee County Senior Services Director, to talk about Visitation Guidance for Assisted Living Facilities. The full audio file of the show is available below:

Now Hiring – Project Manager

The Southwestern Commission is the regional Council of Government that serves the seven counties of North Carolina.  The Commission is seeking a resourceful, community-minded individual to fill the position of Project Manager.  This is a full-time position with a comprehensive employee benefits package. The Project Manager will have the opportunity to provide support and technical … Read more

New Grants Make Public Internet Access Available for Many Across the Region

It’s no secret that broadband connectivity is a challenge in western North Carolina, directly affecting the education system. But the Southwestern Commission is working with our regional partners to alleviate some of those challenges. In the last quarter of 2021, more than $180,000 was distributed across project sites in six counties for public internet access. … Read more