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.