Request for Proposals for Auditing Services

Southwestern Commission Regional Council of Governments is seeking proposals for audit services from qualified independent auditors with sufficient governmental accounting and auditing experience. Request for proposal packages can be downloaded below: Southwestern Commission Audit Request for Proposals 2020 Acknowledgment of intent for proposal must be received by the Southwestern Commission by Friday, June 5, 2020. … Read more

New US Economic Development Administration Resources Available

The US Economic Development Administration (EDA) has announced several new resources available.  Thanks to Hillary Sherman with the US EDA for providing the information about these resources as well as several other relevant resources below: EDA announces availability of funding to support communities impacted by Coronavirus Pandemic The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) released an … Read more

Now Hiring – Finance Officer

The Southwestern Commission is hiring for the position of Finance Officer.  The position is open until filled.  Salary and benefits are commensurate with experience.  Cover letter and resume should be emailed to sarah@regiona.org or mailed to Executive Director Southwestern Commission 125 Bonnie Lane Sylva NC 28779  See the full job description for this position.

Interactive Map of Wifi Hotspots

The Southwestern Commission has undergone an effort to collect and map all wireless internet hotspot locations throughout the region that are currently free to the public.   Please use this interactive map to access the address and other pertinent information for each location.    Click to view the interactive map.  

Economic Analysis of a Freight Rail Transload Facility – Request for Letters of Interest

The Southwestern Commission, in partnership with NCDOT, requests letters of interest from pre-qualified consulting firms to conduct an Economic Analysis of a Potential Freight Rail Transload Facility in Southwestern NC. Letters are due by April 30, 2020. For details, visit https://regiona.org/rpo-plansprojects/transload/

COVID-19 Resource Guide

During the coming weeks and months, the Southwestern Commission will be working to ensure that our communities have access to the most up-to-date information on the response to COVID-19 from the local, state, and federal government, non-profits, and foundations. This will be a difficult time for everyone, and our communities will suffer from the negative … Read more

Proposed Amendments to Graham County Comprehensive Transportation Plan

The Southwestern Rural Planning Organization (RPO) is seeking public input on proposed amendments to the 2015 Graham County Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP). The original CTP and the proposed amendments are available for review online and hard copies are available at the Southwestern Commission office (125 Bonnie Lane, Sylva NC) or the Graham County Administration office … Read more

Region A Housing Update

It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year since partners from around the region gathered for the “Bridging the Gap: Housing and Economic Development Summit”. One of the main goals for that day was to explore ways that local governments can partner with the private sector to help address the region’s housing issue, so … Read more

Thompson to Serve on Board of Directors for Dogwood Health Trust

Southwestern Commission’s Executive Director, Sarah Thompson, has been selected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Dogwood Health Trust. Dogwood Health Trust is a private non-operating foundation with the sole purpose of dramatically improving the health and well-being of all people and communities of Western North Carolina.  It was established to receive the … Read more