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, the region’s seven counties are joining together to create a strategic plan that will help guide their investment.  The Southwestern Commission is overseeing this effort and has … Read more

Now Hiring – Project Manager

The Southwestern Commission, the regional Council of Government that serves the seven westernmost counties of North Carolina, 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 assistance to local … Read more

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 that is happening in your region. The needs assessment will then inform how opioid settlement funds will be spent to combat the opioid epidemic in … Read more

RFQ Fontana Dam

The Town of Fontana Dam is seeking SOQs from qualified respondents for engineering services for water system improvements on an ‘as needed’ basis as outlined in this solicitation. As a Request for Qualifications (RFQ), responding respondents are not required to submit price information nor work product with submittal packages. Compliance with N.C.G.S. 143-64.31 is required. … Read more

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 Carolina. Concerns quickly spread beyond Haywood County, and within 48 hours we were hearing that companies as far away as Cherokee County would be closing … Read more

Seeking Proposals for Resilience Planning Process — Phase II

The Southwestern Commission is seeking the professional planning services of a qualified consultant to explore approaches to Resilience Planning for the 7-County Region (Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, and Swain Counties in North Carolina).  The Southwest region is vulnerable to multiple hazards, and Phase II of this Resilience Planning effort is the continuation of … Read more

Request for Proposals – Strategic Plan for Opioid Settlement Funds

The Southwestern Commission requests proposals to create a strategic plan for the utilization of opioid settlement funds for Region A. Geographic area to be served: The Region A counties in North Carolina to include Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, and Swain. Background: In the summer of 2021, national settlements were reached with opioid distributors … Read more

Please Share Your Thoughts on the Region’s Housing Needs

In September 2021, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) allocated $1,965,737 in Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) American Rescue Plan funding to the Southwestern NC HOME Consortium, which consists of Haywood, Jackson, Macon, Swain, Clay, and Graham counties. This supplemental funding (HOME-ARP) is part of The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 that … Read more

Request for Proposals- Broadband Mapping Fabric

The Southwestern Commission (SWC) seeks the professional services of a qualified consultant to conduct a Community Broadband Assessment for the seven western counties of North Carolina.   To ensure that the counties within North Carolina are correctly represented in the new FCC data, and to ensure that the state of North Carolina receives appropriate grant funding … Read more

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