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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!


Employment Opportunities

We are accepting applications for four open positions: Finance Director, Safe Routes to School Coordinator/RPO Planner, Project Manager (Economic and Community Development), and Receptionist.

Visit our Employment Opportunities page for more information: https://regionc.org/about/employment-opportunities/


Invitation to the Isothermal Housing Summit

The Isothermal Regional Commission will hold its first Regional Housing Summit, scheduled for November 7, 2019, 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM at the Rutherfordton Club House. Please click here to view the invitation and for additional information.


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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