South Western Oklahoma Development Authority

The South Western Oklahoma Development Authority (SWODA), headquartered in Burns Flat, was created in 1971 in a joint effort by municipalities, counties and conservation districts in Beckham, Custer, Greer, Harmon, Jackson, Kiowa, Roger Mills and Washita counties. From these governmental units and from other population segments in the region, 30 representatives are elected to serve on SWODA's governing board. The board of trustees determines policy for SWODA. Leaders in these communities recognized that some problems shared by many of these governments could be better solved if they worked together.


  • Strengthen local governments by providing services and technical assistance.
  • Promote orderly growth and development through job creation and the preservation of the environmental integrity.
  • Improve the quality of life by maximizing economic and social opportunities for the region and its population.

News and Announcements

  • Public invited to the Quarterly SWODA Aging Services Advisory Council Meeting The Advisory Council for the South Western Oklahoma Development Authority (SWODA) Area Agency on Aging will convene for a regular meeting at 1 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 1, in the ...
    Posted Nov 21, 2016, 11:18 AM by Mary Peck
  • Take a few minutes during the holidays and visit the elderly Nursing home volunteers often see first-hand how the holidays affect residents. For many, the holiday season is a joyful time, but for some it can be sad and even ...
    Posted Nov 21, 2016, 11:17 AM by Mary Peck
  • Family caregiving for seniors November is National Family Caregivers Month  to honor family caregivers for their hard work, compassion and tireless efforts in caring for their loved ones. While many caregivers live with the ...
    Posted Nov 7, 2016, 11:15 AM by Mary Peck
  • SWODA Aging Services offers respite to caregivers Many caregivers struggle to provide care for their loved ones on their own. The South Western Oklahoma Development Authority (SWODA) Area Agency on Aging (AAA) believes it is important that ...
    Posted Nov 7, 2016, 11:14 AM by Mary Peck
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    Posted Nov 7, 2016, 1:34 PM by Mary Peck
  • Area fire departments receive operational grants Mark Gardner, SWODA fire manager, and legislators presented area fire departments with operational grants during presentations held during September in Elk City and Hobart. Annually, the Oklahoma Forestry Service distributes ...
    Posted Oct 24, 2016, 7:37 AM by Mary Peck
  • iPod donations needed to provide healing music Long-term care facilities enhancing residents’ lives are in need of iPods.  You may have one in a drawer calling to be used in a special way.  Music helps people ...
    Posted Oct 17, 2016, 7:49 AM by Mary Peck
  • Learn how to advertise on social media from a pro Everyone is welcome to attend training on how to advertise on social media. Key speaker is Stephen Koranda, Back to You Marketing. The training will be held on Thursday, Sept ...
    Posted Sep 26, 2016, 11:22 AM by Mary Peck
  • SWODA recruiting volunteers to work with elderly South Western Oklahoma Development Authority of Burns Flat is recruiting volunteers to protect the rights of many residents living in 22 nursing homes and assisted living facilities.  The goal of ...
    Posted Sep 12, 2016, 10:59 AM by Mary Peck
  • Free training on business planning and obtaining financing Prospective, new and established business owners are encouraged to attend free training on business planning and obtaining business financing. The program will be held Thursday, September 15, 7 – 8:30 ...
    Posted Sep 12, 2016, 10:58 AM by Mary Peck
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