Isothermal Planning Development Commission's executive director is Scott Dadson. He accepted the position following the retirement of Jim Edwards in February. But Dadson describes himself as a behind the scenes kind of guy, so he has been working in the background and letting others within the organization do much of the public work.
Prior to coming to Rutherford County, Dadson had been working in city management. Dadson said there were several reasons why he chose to get out of city management and come to IPDC.
"There were two reasons on the personal side, we wanted to be back in North Carolina and we like this area. And this gave us an opportunity to do that," he said. "And on the professional side the challenge of working with a regional government, the perspective was very interesting to me personally. And so that's why we're here."
The IPDC was begun in the 1960's as a regional government with four main divisions that have six basic responsibilities. The four counties that IPDC serves are Rutherford, Polk, McDowell and Cleveland. The four divisions of responsibility are: a public housing authority which includes Section 8 housing; senior and aging services; the Workforce Development Board, which is on-the-job training, dislocated worker, youth work programs, and working with local industries.
"Those are the three big state and federal ones that we deal with," he said.
The fourth division is the Community Economic Development Planning Services.
"Things like grant writing and grant administration for housing, infrastructure grants for our members, which are the counties and municipalities and sanitary districts within our four county region," explained Dadson.
IPDC also operates the local work of the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), that includes grant writing, grant administration, emerging grants and other types of opportunities that come through ARC.
IPDC acts as the administrative entity for the Isothermal Rural Planning
Organization, the partnership between NCDOT and McDowell, Polk and Rutherford Counties.
Dadson said he likes the challenge of the job more than anything.
"The challenge of regionalism, the challenge of working with all of our members to help them be the best that they can be at what they do, and that's public good, quality of life and economic development efforts," he said.
Dadson appreciates that the work IPDC does ultimately benefits every person in the member communities that it serves.
Dadson received his undergraduate degree from Appalachian State University and earned his MBA from Mercer University in Georgia. He is married with two children, but the family is still living in South Carolina so the boys can finish high school there. Then they plan to live in Tryon.
For more information about the Isothermal Planning and Development Commission go to www.regionc.org.