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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.