Southeast Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission
The Southeast Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission (SEARP&DC) was created in 1969 under legislation passed by the Alabama State Legislature. The Commission is administered and governed by a group of 35 individuals from the seven member counties. These individuals act as liaisons for the citizens in their counties. The needs of the citizens are given to SEARP&DC and goals are established. The staff of SEARP&DC are constantly striving to make Southeast Alabama a better place to live.
The Southeast Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission was formed to assist communities with a number of services. A number of departments fall under the umbrella of SEARP&DC. These include Community and Economic Development, Head Start, Senior Aides, and Wiregrass Transit.
Head Start Program - The SEARP&DC Head Start Program is a child development program licensed by the State of Alabama Department of Human Resources to provide services to 324 children ages three - to - five years old enrolled at six Head Start Centers located in four rural Alabama counties. The Head Start Program, operating with HHS federal funding and local in-kind support, has provided continuous services to children in Southeast Alabama for over 34 years. Enrollment information can be obtained by calling Center Directors at the following Head Start Centers:
Eufaula Head Start Center - (334) 687-2796.
Florala Head Start Center - (334) 858-3060.
Geneva Head Start Center - (334) 684-6168.
Headland Head Start Center - (334) 693-2925.
Opp Head Start Center - (334) 493-4451.
Andalusia Head Start Center - (334) 881-0181
Transit Services - The Wiregrass Transit Authority is a public non-profit organization providing essential transportation services as well as tailored transportation to the general public in Dothan and Houston County. We currently operate a fleet of 20 vehicles and provide a range of capabilities to transport individuals, groups and to accommodate the disabled. All of our vehicles are ADA accessible and are equipped with wheel chair lifts and stations.
As well as providing transportation services to the general public, we also provide contract transportation to social service agencies within the community and non-emergency medical transportation. The Wiregrass Transit Authority is an active and vital part of the growing community of the Wiregrass region and is prepared to expand transportation services as the need is identified and defined. We stand ready to work with local governments to identify strategies to implement public transportation within their communities. We are totally dedicated to improving the quality of life for all our citizens.