American Rescue Plan – Housing

Summary of “American Rescue Plan: Local Government Funding for Affordable Housing Development” by UNC School of Government’s Tyler Mulligan The Federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 established Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (FRF) which will distribute substantial amounts of funds to state and local governments for the purpose of responding “to the … Read more

Public Input Requested on Transportation Priority Methodology

The Southwestern Rural Planning Organization has published a draft methodology for assigning local input points to potential transportation projects. Local input points are used to improve the quantitative score in an effort to obtain funding for a particular project in NCDOT’s State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). Public comments are requested on the local input point … Read more

The Senior Resource Guide Is Online!

The Southwestern Commission Area Agency on Aging is honored to once again provide the region with EMBRACING AGING: A Senior Resource Guide for the Southwestern Mountains of N.C. This guide connects older adults and their caregivers to resources within our region in an easy-to-navigate format. The articles and information—along with simply knowing whom to call … Read more

March 2021 COVID Resource Guide Update

The Southwestern Commission has compiled new information and new resources for an update to our COVID Resource Guide.  In this document, you will find information relevant for businesses, nonprofits, local government units, and residents in our region.  Please continue to check back as we will continue to update this resource guide as needed! 

“WNC Food Route” Released

A new tool has been released that will allow users to identify local food businesses, farms, and markets as well as food pantries and community eating sites. FoodRoute: Region A is a collaborative project with Empowering Mountain Food Systems, the Southwestern Commission, and The Rivendell Farms of the Carolinas, spearheaded by Southwestern Commission intern Anne … Read more

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 [email protected] 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.