Local Government and Technical Assistance


The Commission provides assistance in the areas of land use planning, economic development, transportation planning, public participation and meeting coordination, public policy development, financial and administrative workflows, strategic planning, economic sectors and impact analysis.

We also offer GIS and data services as part of our role as a Regional Data Center, providing current and historical demographic and other socio-economic data to our local governments, private industry and the general public.  The Commission can also provide GIS services, including data collection, mapping and analysis to our member municipalities.

Commission/Technical Assistance

The Board of Directors of the Isothermal Planning and Development Commission (the Commission) are pleased to announce that the Commission offers pay as you go Technical Assistance Program.

While we ramp back up our services, Steve Lockett, Director of Economic, Community and Workforce Development and I will be the main points of contact for the membership.  These services include:

  1. Project Development
  2. Community Development
  3. Back office support to include finance, accounts payable, payroll services
  4. Local Government Administrative Services

Commission staff has been in training to become certified under the Community Development Academy in order to better serve our membership.  While our folks are working on this program, IPDC still has the services of Western Piedmont Council of Governments and Land of Sky Regional Council to assist our membership in Grant Writing and Grant Administrative Services.  These services include:

  1. Grant Writing – including CDBG
  2. Environmental Review
  3. Grant Administration
  4. Compliance
  5. Close out
  6. Public Meetings
  7. Official Notifications

These services are provided on a pay as you go method with agreement for services directly between the member government and the COG of your choice.

Your Commission staff will assist in developing projects and other technical services in order to put you in touch with the best grant sourcing that may be applicable.  We do have access a wide variety of grant resources through our association and a program called META SOFT, which is grant search software.

In addition to Grant Services, the Commission is also re-staffing to provide other technical services in the areas of Land Use Planning, Economic Development Project Development, Public participation and meeting coordination, Public Policy Development, Financial and Administrative Services, Local Transportation Studies, Economic Sectors Studies and Impact Studies, Public and staff Surveying, Strategic Planning and GIS services.

The Office of Economic, Community and Workforce Development is here to help assist our membership in developing projects, managing projects or assisting in local government matters, to include back office and administrative services.  Back Office Services, including finance, payroll, accounts payable, are also available.

For Commission members who are in the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), we will be matching resources we receive from the Appalachian Regional Commission in a 50/50 matching costs for local technical assistance (50% from ARC and 50% paid by local government).  This will allow us to stretch limited dollars and assist members who want and need the services.

Parks and Recreation Planning

Click here to learn more about how IPDC can help member governments with System-wide parks and recreation master planning and view our work.

Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Resources

2019 ARC Pre-application (due April 16th 2018)

ARC North Carolina Fact Sheet  (updated map here)

ARC Project Guidelines

ARC Strategic Investment Goals, Objectives and North Carolina Strategies

Checklist for ARC Non-Construction Project Applications

Checklist for ARC Construction Project Applications

ARC ADHS Access Road Project Application and Checklist

Guide to ARC Project Performance Measures

Executive Summary Template for ARC Applications

Grant Administration Manual for ARC Non-Construction Projects