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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 and Receptionist.

The Isothermal Regional Commission has an opening for the Director of Finance.  (New, 11-25-2019)

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


Successful First Annual Isothermal Housing Summit held in Rutherfordton

Isothermal Regional Partners working on Housing Issues at First Annual Housing Summit

The Isothermal Regional Commission held its first Regional Housing Summit, scheduled for November 7, 2019, 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM at the Rutherfordton Club House. Click here to go to our Housing Summit Data Page to find out more and to get to Housing Data and Presentations

Isothermal Housing Task Force, Interested in Serving?

IPDC Board Approves creation of Housing Task Force.  The Committee will consist of four (4) people per County (Polk, Rutherford, McDowell, and Cleveland) for a total of 16 members to work with the Isothermal Staff on Housing Issue Solutions for the Region.  If you are interested in serving on this committee, please go the this link: Housing Task Force, to put your name in the hat.  The IPDC Board will be looking at this list and also in consultation with our Membership to put together the task force.


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.


IPDC Hires New Staff

IPDC has hired three new staff members into the Economic, Workforce, and Community Development division.  Karen Davis has joined our team as the new Worker Wellness Program Manager, and she will be working with industry partners across the Isothermal Region to promote workplace wellness initiatives that benefit both the workers and the businesses.   Karen most recently worked at Freedom Life Ministries in Marion, NC, and has degrees from Lenoir Rhyne University and Gardner Webb University. 

In January, IPDC will be welcoming two new Project Managers to our team, who will be working to strengthen and expand IDPC’s capacity to provide technical assistance services to our members.  Nick Byrd will be rejoining IPDC as one of the Project Managers, after recently receiving his Masters Degree from Clemson University.  Sarah Kopkin, our other new Project Manager, has strong experience working with local governments and non-profits, and has her MPA from Appalachian State University. 

We are extremely glad to welcome Karen, Nick, and Sarah to the IPDC team, and we look forward to introducing them to our members.  IPDC will be increasing its technical assistance efforts in 2020 through member outreach and support from ARC and EDA.  If you are working on a project and would like assistance from IPDC, please review our Membership Capacity Building and Technical Assistance page for information on our available services.

Upcoming Board Meetings

  • IPDC Board Meeting – January 14, 2020. Agendas will be posted here and in our newsletter.

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