AAA Discusses the Elder Abuse Awareness Walks

On May 26, several members of the Southwestern Commission Area Agency on Aging staff were able to take part in a radio session on WKRK.  Lisa Allen, Health and Community Educator, and Anna Rogers, Long-term Care Regional Ombudsman, joined Denise Cross, Director of Cherokee County Senior Services, to discuss the topic of elder abuse in order … Read more

Rural Transformation Grants Now Available

The NC Department of Commerce has announced a new funding program– Rural Transformation Grants.  Applications for these grants are due on May 2, 2022, and they should be submitted through the Rural Connect Portal. Rural Transformation Grants can support: Main Street and downtown investment and revitalization efforts; Initiatives that help create resilient neighborhoods; Community enhancements … Read more

Anna Rogers Shares Visitation Guidance on WKRK

Anna Rogers, Regional Long-Term Care Ombudsman for Southwestern Commission’s Area Agency on Aging, was recently a guest on the WKRK radio show.  Anna joined Denise Cross, Cherokee County Senior Services Director, to talk about Visitation Guidance for Assisted Living Facilities. The full audio file of the show is available below:

New Grants Make Public Internet Access Available for Many Across the Region

It’s no secret that broadband connectivity is a challenge in western North Carolina, directly affecting the education system. But the Southwestern Commission is working with our regional partners to alleviate some of those challenges. In the last quarter of 2021, more than $180,000 was distributed across project sites in six counties for public internet access. … Read more

Graham County Students Receive Upgraded Equipment

Eighty Graham County students are sporting new Chromebooks to assist in their academic growth, thanks to a grant from the Southwestern Commission. The $30,000 Graham County award was one of six projects the Southwestern Commission funded within its service area, which includes the seven far-westernmost counties in North Carolina. The state of North Carolina awarded … Read more

Swain County Residents Have New Hotspot

Swain County residents can now find a new hotspot to connect to at the Swain County Recreational Park, thanks to a grant from the Southwestern Commission. Leonard Winchester, a member of the Swain County Broadband Committee, says the addition of a hotspot at the Swain Rec Park is an ideal location. “It’s conveniently located, everybody knows … Read more

Strong Local Partnerships Lead to Public Broadband Access for Downtown Sylva

The new year brings free Wi-Fi internet to downtown Sylva, providing a safe, public space for students and residents who may not have access in their homes, and allowing visitors to stay in town longer. The new service is a result of a partnership between SkyFi, Inc., BalsamWest, the Southwestern Commission, Jackson County Economic Development, … Read more

Bryson City Land Use Plan Update

The Town of Bryson City is updating its Land Use Plan to guide future changes that will affect residents and visitors. The Bryson City 2045 Opportunities and Challenges Survey will be open from August 10 – September 17, 2021.  Visit www.regiona.org/brysoncity2045 to complete a survey, leave comments on a map, and follow along with the planning … Read more