Who We Serve

The Western Regional Office (WRO) offers economic development planning services to the twenty-five westernmost counties in North Carolina and the 125 municipalities located within those counties.  While our service area includes urban areas such as Asheville, Hendersonville, Catawba County, and Gaston County, we work primarily with the smaller, less urbanized towns and counties. 

Our Expertise

Our staff has expertise in economic and community development planning, geographic information systems (GIS), , local government management, downtown revitalization, and historic preservation.  Our office also provides regional and customized training for planning boards and boards of adjustment.  Contact our office to discuss these and other services we offer.

In addition to the Community Development Planners in our office, the WRO is home to the Small Towns Main Street (STMS) Western Coordinator,  STMS Western Designer and the Main Street Designer.

Request Services

To request planning services from the Western Regional Office, please contact Karen Smith, Chief Economic Development Planner, at (828) 251-6914 or ksmith@nccommerce.com.

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