The Isothermal Planning and Development Commission (IPDC) is the regional Council of Government for Region C in western North Carolina.  Region C consists of Cleveland, McDowell, Polk and Rutherford counties, and the municipalities of each county.

IPDC functions to aid, assist and improve the capabilities of local governments in administration, planning, fiscal management and development.  The membership of the Commission consists of the region’s four counties and 23 municipalities.  Each member government is entitled to the services provided by the Commission.  IPDC is involved in a range of activities, which, directly or indirectly, affect the lives of Region C residents.

IPDC serves its members and their citizens by fostering regional collaboration, and by providing professional and technical expertise.  IPDC houses the region’s Area Agency on Aging, Housing Programs, and also provides services through its Economic, Community and Workforce Development programs, and Local Government and Technical Assistance programs.

The Benefits of a Regional Council

As members of the Isothermal Planning and Development Commission, local governments:

  • Share information to solve common problems
  • Avoic duplication of efforts and better coordinate services
  • Work through a single agency to obtain and administer funds from numerous federal and state agencies, as well as from private foundations and corporations
  • Use the Commission’s professional expertise to aid in local operations
  • Promote cooperation between the public and private sector
  • Determine ways of improving our quality of life


IPDC was created in 1966 as a Local Development District (LDD) serving McDowell, Polk and Rutherford counties, under the Appalachian Regional Development Act.  The State of North Carolina enacted legislation in 1969 creating 16 regional Councils of Government (COGs), adding Cleveland county to Region C.

IPDC depends on a variety of funding sources, including membership dues, as well as state, federal and other grants and funding sources.