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

NC ARC 2020 Pre-Application

The North Carolina Appalachian Regional Commission Program is now accepting applications for Fiscal Year 2020 Projects.  The deadline for these pre-applications is 5:00 PM on April 12, 2019. Our staff is happy to help with these applications as needed, so please do not hesitate to let us know if we can offer any assistance.  You … Read more

Thank You for Attending Our COG Orientation

 Last month, Southwestern Commission employees held two different sessions of our “Council of Government Orientation,” where we presented information on our organization, including programs and services that our different departments can offer our local governments.  Thank you to all who were able to attend either in Sylva or in Marble! If you were unable to … 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.  

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

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 25 years, and this year, agencies that support older adults in each county across the region have joined together to revive the event. It will … Read more

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 well as examples of successful housing strategies from around the region.  State and federal resource providers will be on hand to discuss potential funding opportunities.  … Read more