Southwestern North Carolina Planning and Economic Development Commission
The Southwestern North Carolina Planning and Economic Development Commission (Southwestern Commission) is the council of government (COG) for North Carolina’s Region A, covering the western most part of the state; Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, and Swain Counties and the 17 municipalities therein.
The state is divided into 16 regions, each region encompassing a cluster of counties and towns. COGs blanket the entire United States and are alternatively known by many terms; regional commissions, councils of local government, area-wide planning districts, lead regional organizations, and economic development regions. Whatever the name, each is structured similarly and serves a similar purpose- to assist and provide technical support for local governments within the region, ensuring that they partner with one another toward regional goals.
Creating a Community Revitalization Plan for Southwestern North Carolina
Start Date: Aug 2015 — End Date: Oct 2015
The Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC), in partnership with the University of Northern Iowa’s Institute for Decision Making, helped the Southwestern North Carolina Planning and Economic Development Commission complete a Community Revitalization Plan.