Dothan’s metropolitan status on the line


DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — An important decision regarding the future of the Circle City is currently on the table.

Several Dothan agencies are asking our state-elected officials about blocking the Office of Management and Budget from changing Dothan’s metropolitan status.

They are asking the state delegation to support Senate Bill 2057 and House Measure 3999. The legislation would cap the threshold for MSA, or Metropolitan Statistical Area, designation at 50,000 residents.

Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce’s, Executive Director Dean Mitchell, said this would make the case that a metropolitan designation should depend on the community, and not national trends. Mitchell said a cities’ health care, local economy, rural communities, and funding drives a great quality of life.

“Our efforts to attract and retain quality companies and quality individuals who want to live in a place that has metropolitan status,” Mitchell said. “That’s what we are. We are the regional economy and the MSA for Henry, Houston, and Geneva county.”

Mitchell encourages Wiregrass residents to call Senator Richards Shelby, Senator Tommy Tuberville, and Congressman Barry Moore and ask them to back the bills.

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