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The Isothermal Planning and Development Commission (Isothermal Regional Commission/The Commission) is the council of governments for the Isothermal Region which includes Cleveland, McDowell, Polk and Rutherford Counties in Western North Carolina. The membership of the Commission consists of the local governments within the Isothermal Region.

The Commission serves its members and their citizens by fostering regional collaboration and providing professional and technical expertise. The Commission houses the region’s Area Agency on AgingHousing Programs, Rural Planning Organization, Workforce Development Board and provides services through its Economic, Community and Workforce Development programs and Technical Assistance programs.  For more information, check out our About page!


Foothills Launch Heads to McDowell County for Next PopUp Office

After a successful popup office in Cleveland County, offering two Foundations Business Planning Courses, coaching sessions, and numerous loan consultations, Mountain BizWorks is headed to open their next popup office in McDowell County in September 2019. This popup office will offer open office hours for two days a week, one-on-one coaching services, and support for Marion Business Associations’ GEM Program.

Learn about the upcoming classes being offered across the four-county region by clicking here.

Learn more about Mountain Biz Works’ Foothills Launch! For the Isothermal Region here.


On June 4, 2019, the Isothermal Regional Commission Board of Directors approved the 2019-2020 Budget. Click here to view the 2019-2020 Budget Message.


Upcoming Board Meetings

  • Executive Committee – August 29, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. IPDC Rutherfordton Office. Click here to view the agenda.
  • Full Board – September 10, 2019 Economic Development Day (Location and Time TBD)
  • Executive Committee – November 14, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. IPDC Rutherfordton Office

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