How We Operate

Our mission is to promote regional cooperation, coordinate the regional activities and policies of member local governments, and provide technical assistance to local governments in their planning and development activities upon their request. Planning district commissions can be catalysts for strategic planning in communities. They help identify local needs and priorities. And, because they are flexible, PDC’s are often more creative in seeking innovative solutions to local problems.

Our Work

Planning district commissions provide economies of scale and are the most efficient way to deliver services, particularly in areas with low population density and limited resources. Our regional staff has the technical expertise to assess the area’s overall resources and to help implement short and long term solutions.

In addition to coordinating some government services, the Cumberland Plateau PDC cooperates with the private sector and with community-based nongovernmental organizations, such as volunteer agencies, senior citizen groups, and civic associations. We identify community needs, and work with others to find a grassroots solution.

Planning district commissions also provide the link between federal and state programs and the local level where development actually occurs. Funding sources vary by project and reflect local priorities. The Cumberland Plateau PDC receives federal, state and local funding to carry out its mission.

The Cumberland Plateau PDC’s Board of Directors, made up of 32 members, eight appointed from each county, meets quarterly, and the Cumberland Plateau PDC’s Executive Board, made up of eight members, two appointed from each county, meets on the last Thursday of every month to direct commission business. Buchanan, Dickenson, Russell and Tazewell counties are all member localities of the PDC. We also serve the twelve towns located within those counties, including Bluefield, Cleveland, Clinchco, Clintwood, Cedar Bluff, Grundy, Haysi, Honaker, Lebanon, Pocahontas, Richlands and Tazewell.

CPPDC's Overall Goal:

To improve the quality of life for the District’s Citizens and all Southwest Virginians.


To initiate and provide successful programs designed to accomplish the commission’s overall goal through:

  • Job Creation
  • Technical Assistance
  • Grantsmanship
  • Management Services
  • Data Center (GIS)
  • Transportation Planning
  • IT Development