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

Request for Proposals

The Southwestern Commission seeks the professional services of a qualified consultant to conduct a Wireless Propagation Study for the seven western counties of North Carolina. The purpose of this project is to identify existing broadband infrastructure assets throughout the region that could be used to locate transmitters that would extend wireless service into the region … Read more

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

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