Isothermal Planning & Development Commission



About IPDC

Documents for Public Review are at the bottom of the page

Serving Cleveland, McDowell, Polk and Rutherford Counties

The Isothermal Planning & Development Commission is a regional council for Region C in western North Carolina.  Region C consists of Cleveland, McDowell, Polk and Rutherford Counties and the municipalities of each county.  IPDC seeks to serve its members, and their citizens by fostering regional collaboration and by providing professional and technical expertise.  The Commission houses the region's Area Agency on Aging, Workforce Development programs, housing programs and also provides planning and technical services.

IPDC is a local government agency created by, and serving the municipal and county governments in Region C.  IPDC depends on a variety of funding sources, including membership dues, state, federal and other grants, state and federal funding and service fees.

The Isothermal Planning and Development Commission was created in 1966 as a Local Development District 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, adding Cleveland County to Region C.

Documents for Public Review

STI Projects Viewer

IRPO's Final List of Regional Projects to Receive Local Input Points
IRPO's Final List of Division Projects to Receive Local Input Points

IRPO's Letter to NCDOT-Final Methodology

IRPO's Public Comments

IRPO's Prioritization 3.0 Project Solicitation, Local Point Assignment and Ranking Process

WIA Plan 2014

IPDC Audit FY2014
Audit Report to the Board
Financial Statements

Green River Watershed Assessment

Official 221 Bypass/Widening Maps:

Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (PDF):

2012 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy

Cleveland County Demographic Appendix
McDowell County Demographic Appendix
Polk County Demographic Appendix
Rutherford County Demographic Appendix

2010 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy

2008 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (PDF)

2005 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (PDF)

IPDC is one of 16 regional agencies in North Carolina.  For more information about the other regional agencies (or Councils of Governments), visit

Updated: 04/01/2015

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April 25, 2015

IPDC Contact Information
(828) 287-2281
Fax: (828) 287-2735

IPDC Programs