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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

  • SWODA Press Release: Low Income Subsidy, Medicare Savings Program, Medicare Part D answers at free event on July 28th Free assistance with questions about Low Income Subsidy (LIS), Medicare Savings Program (MSP) or Medicare Prescription Drug benefits (Part D) available at the Western Technology Center in Elk City on ...
    Posted Jul 20, 2015, 11:36 AM by Mary Peck
  • How heat affects the elderly and how you can help Gail Wilcox, ombudsman supervisor at South Western Oklahoma Development Authority Area Agency on Aging (SWODA AAA), advises that the elderly are more likely to experience the effects of hot weather ...
    Posted Jul 13, 2015, 8:26 AM by Mary Peck
  • SWODA Seeking Applicants for a Director of Workforce South Western Oklahoma Development Authority (SWODA) is seeking applicants for a Director of Workforce. The Director is responsible for leading the Southwest Workforce Development Board efforts to coordinate local workforce ...
    Posted Jun 30, 2015, 3:19 PM by Michael Ryburn
  • SORTPO Public Hearing for Custer County Long-Range Transportation Plan The Southwest Oklahoma Regional Transportation Planning Organization (SORTPO) will be conducting a public hearing on Thursday, June 25, 2015, at 10:15 a.m. The meeting will be held at ...
    Posted Jun 22, 2015, 1:48 PM by Mary Peck
  • Resident rights of long term facilities By Gail Wilcox, SWODA Ombudsman Individuals moving to  long-term care facilities need to know their rights including admission, living in the facility and discharge. Resident Rights include such opportunities ...
    Posted Jun 8, 2015, 1:30 PM by Mary Peck
  • Free training on hiring/terminating employees and leading your team effectively Everyone is invited to the free business classes hosted by Leadership Elk City Class 1, South Western Oklahoma Development Authority, City of Elk City and the Elk City Chamber of ...
    Posted May 29, 2015, 7:02 AM by Mary Peck
  • Free assistance with Medicare coming this summer Free assistance with Medicare is coming to Southwest Oklahoma this summer. Welcome to Medicare events will provide assistance to those who are already signed up on Medicare and to those ...
    Posted May 29, 2015, 6:58 AM by Mary Peck
  • Quarter 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 on Thursday, June 4, 1 p.m. This meeting ...
    Posted May 18, 2015, 9:07 AM by Mary Peck
  • OBN PROVIDES MEDICATION LOCK-BOXES TO PREVENT HOME DRUG THEFT The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics (OBN) is providing 500 lock-boxes to Oklahomans at no cost as part of an effort to prevent home medication theft.  OBN purchased the lock ...
    Posted Apr 23, 2015, 3:31 PM by Mary Peck
  • SWODA seeks Workforce Monitor South Western Oklahoma Development Authority (SWODA) is accepting resumes for a full time workforce program monitor. Duties include monitoring and overseeing participant information for programmatic and financial compliance. Some travel ...
    Posted Apr 23, 2015, 10:11 AM by Michael Ryburn
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