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

  • Free entrepreneurship training sessions begin September 8th in Altus A five-session entrepreneur training begins Thursday, September 8, for prospective, new and established business owners. Sessions are each week from 7–8:30 p.m. at the Southwest Technology ...
    Posted Aug 22, 2016, 8:55 AM by Mary Peck
  • 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, Sept. 1, in the ...
    Posted Aug 22, 2016, 6:20 AM by Mary Peck
  • Intergenerational Connections Now is the perfect time to develop intergenerational relationships between the younger and older. All ages in our communities, from the very young to the old, should be valued. But ...
    Posted Aug 15, 2016, 6:29 AM by Mary Peck
  • REAP APPLICATION PERIOD OPEN The Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) Grant was created through legislation in 1996 to improve life in rural Oklahoma. It’s purpose is to assist small communities, towns, counties and ...
    Posted Aug 10, 2016, 12:34 PM by Michael Ryburn
  • REAP MEETINGS Please make plans to attend one of the annual REAP MeetingsAUGUST 9, 1:30 p.m., Hobart Vo-Tech, 1000 S Bailey St, Hobart, OKAUGUST 16, 1:30 ...
    Posted Aug 8, 2016, 12:54 PM by Michael Ryburn
  • 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 18, 2016, 8:14 AM by Mary Peck
  • You’re invited to the Oklahoma Regional Housing Forums Register now to attend one of five regional housing forums hosted by the Oklahoma Coalition for Affordable Housing. Learn more about the Oklahoma Statewide Housing Needs Assessment and future housing ...
    Posted Jun 7, 2016, 10:47 AM by Michael Ryburn
  • Minnie Ruth, veteran Ombudsman volunteer, leaves a powerful message Minnie Ruth Bellew, 93, of Canute is one of the longest-serving volunteers for the South Western Oklahoma Development Authority (SWODA) Ombudsman program. The program recently celebrated Minnie Ruth’s ...
    Posted Jun 7, 2016, 10:44 AM by Michael Ryburn
  • QUARTERLY SWODA AGING SERVICES ADVISORY COUNCIL MEETING FOR QUESTIONS, CALL ADA AT SWODA, 580-562-4882 The Advisory Council for the South Western Oklahoma Development Authority (SWODA) Area Agency on Aging will convene for a regular meeting ...
    Posted May 24, 2016, 6:54 AM by Mary Peck
  • Free dental assistance coming to southwest Oklahoma in June and July Call today and make your appointment for free dental assistance provided by MobileSmiles, an RV-style dental office on wheels. They will be in Altus on June 27-July 1 ...
    Posted May 9, 2016, 6:46 AM by Mary Peck
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