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.  This is an extensive nine-month program (October – July), and it includes skill-building seminars, best practice reviews, and field visits during six separate sessions across … Read more

Rural Center’s “Homegrown Leaders” Program Coming to Cullowhee

Homegrown Leaders is a regional leadership and economic development training that develops and supports highly-skilled, highly-motivated leaders who are committed to building regional collaboration across multi-county regions in the state. Homegrown Leaders addresses the need for high-quality, professional leadership and economic development training that equips community leaders with the skills they need to lead long-term economic advancement in their … Read more

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 and Economic Development Commission.  Letters of Qualifications should be emailed to the following addresses not later than 5 p.m. on Friday, March 29, 2019: Mr. … Read more

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 from staff and regional partners.  If you’d like to be added to our e-newsletter list, simply fill out the form on our Home page.  

Workforce Development Board RFP

The Workforce Development Board of the Southwestern Workforce Development Consortium is seeking proposals for the operation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Adult, Dislocated Worker, and Youth programs in Tri-County (Cherokee, Clay, and Graham) and the Youth programs in Jackson, Macon, and Swain Counties.  Please note all bidders can bid for all counties … Read more

Southwestern Commission RFP

The Workforce Development Board of the Southwestern Workforce Development Consortium is seeking proposals for the operation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Adult, Dislocated Worker, and Youth Programs for program year 2019. Proposals should be for Adult, DW and Youth programs in Tri-County (Cherokee, Clay, and Graham) and the Youth programs in Jackson, … Read more

Resources from Division of Water Infrastructure

On September 25th, the Southwestern Commission hosted the North Carolina Division of Water Infrastructure for a two-hour training in our office. In this training, geared toward county and municipal staff, representatives from Division of Water Infrastructure highlighted “North Carolina’s Statewide Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Master Plan: The Road to Viability”.  Representatives also highlighted funding opportunities … Read more

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 funding opportunities, and other updates from staff and regional partners.  If you’d like to be added to our e-newsletter list, simply fill out the form … Read more