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The Southwestern Commission is driving digital inclusion and broadband expansion in Western North Carolina. Our 2022 Digital Inclusion Plans address the digital divide, equipping rural residents with essential access and skills. Explore our comprehensive plans, broadband profiles, and resources to see how we’re enhancing regional connectivity.

2022 Digital Inclusion Plans

2023 Broadband Profiles by County

Additional Broadband Resources


The Southwestern North Carolina HOME Consortium secures federal HOME funds to provide affordable housing and support low-income households across six counties. These funds, managed by the Southwestern Commission, cover new construction, rehabilitation, rental assistance, and more. Annual funds are awarded based on priority needs, with the next application cycle in Spring 2025.

HOME Consortium

Housing Specialist
LeNay Shular
828.586.1962 ex. 218
[email protected]


North Carolina will receive $1.5 billion from a national opioid settlement to support treatment, recovery, and harm reduction programs statewide. The Southwestern Commission, partnering with Ten Biz, Inc. and the Omni Institute, is crafting a strategic plan for the seven-county region, guided by public input from focus groups and surveys. This initiative, supported by Dogwood Health Trust, aims to effectively address the opioid crisis and foster positive change in Region A.

For more information on our process and results, CLICK HERE. 



The Community and Economic Development Department hosts a variety of programs and resources to support regional growth. Explore detailed information on our Directed Grants Program, Master List of Existing Plans, Disaster Recovery Financial Administration Training, Revolving Loan Fund and various data reports. Use the links below to dive into the resources that drive economic development in our region.

Directed Grants Resources

Master List of Existing Plans

Disaster Recovery Financial Administration Training

Revolving Loan Fund

Regional Data and Reports