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.  

Regional Broadband Summit October 25

On Friday, October 25, from 9:00 AM  to 2:30 PM, we will be hosting a Regional Broadband Summit for stakeholders across the region.  Please join us to hear from our regional and state partners who are working toward improving broadband access in the seven western counties of NC. Experts in the field will be on hand to … 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

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

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