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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

  • 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. 3. This meeting ...
    Posted Nov 18, 2015, 7:50 AM by Mary Peck
  • Family Caregivers Month honors grandparents raising grandchildren Oklahoma ranks second in the nation in the percentage of grandparents raising grandchildren. November is National Family Caregivers Month 2015 and honors this often-overlooked group of caregivers. More ...
    Posted Nov 16, 2015, 6:13 AM by Mary Peck
  • Training for ombudsman volunteers at SWTC in Altus Have you ever heard that strange word “Ombudsman”? Ever wonder what it means?  A Long-Term Care (LTC) Ombudsman is an advocate for residents that reside in nursing homes, assisted ...
    Posted Nov 9, 2015, 11:00 AM by Mary Peck
  • National Caregivers Month Honors Families November is National Family Caregivers Month. This month has been set aside to honor family caregivers for their hard work, compassion and tireless efforts in caring for their loved ones ...
    Posted Nov 9, 2015, 10:59 AM by Mary Peck
  • Annual Coat Drive needs youth sizes Thank you to everyone donating new and gently-worn jackets and coats to the TEAM SWODA Annual Coat Drive; however, we are still needing lots more youth-sized coats. Donations ...
    Posted Nov 9, 2015, 10:58 AM by Mary Peck
  • SWODA and Burns Flat/Dill City FFA to Host Community Planning Activity: Everyone Invited The Burns Flat/Dill City FFA and the South Western Oklahoma Development Authority have teamed up to host a four-day community planning activity for Burns Flat. Attendance is open ...
    Posted Nov 2, 2015, 7:56 AM by Mary Peck
  • Long-Term Care Residents Honored During Residents’ Rights Month, October 2015 CARE Matters Across the country, residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities along with family members, ombudsmen, citizen advocates, facility staff and others will honor the ...
    Posted Oct 19, 2015, 7:37 AM by Mary Peck
  • Donations needed for TEAM SWODA Annual Coat Drive South Western Oklahoma Development Authority (SWODA) is sponsoring its annual coat drive which benefits children and adults within this area. New or “gently used” coats of any size may be ...
    Posted Oct 12, 2015, 8:39 AM by Mary Peck
  • Make a Difference--Announcing Available Ombudsman Training Does the idea of nursing home residents not receiving proper care or never having any visitors, family or friends pull at your heartstrings? You can help alleviate this situation by ...
    Posted Sep 8, 2015, 9:34 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 Aug 24, 2015, 1:02 PM by Mary Peck
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