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.

Mission:

  • 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 quarterly SWODA Aging Services Advisory Council meeting By Ada Vanderford, SWODA AAAThe Advisory Council for the South Western Oklahoma Development Authority (SWODA) Area Agency on Aging will convene for a regular meeting at 1 p.m ...
    Posted May 16, 2017, 9:05 AM by Mary Peck
  • Communicating with people who have dementia By Gail Wilcox, Ombudsman Supervisor, SWODA Area Agency on AgingAlzheimer’s disease and dementia gradually diminish a person’s ability to communicate. Communication with a person with dementia Alzheimer ...
    Posted May 15, 2017, 8:52 AM by Mary Peck
  • Older Americans Month 2017: Age Out Loud Since 1963, Older Americans Month (OAM) is a time to celebrate older Americans, their stories, and their contributions. Led by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), the annual observance offers ...
    Posted May 1, 2017, 11:32 AM by Mary Peck
  • Springtime activities for seniors Spring is a perfect time to do activities with seniors. People can have fun at any age. The weather is nicer than just a few weeks ago. Sunny warm days ...
    Posted Apr 17, 2017, 1:10 PM by Mary Peck
  • Volunteer advocates needed! The Southwestern Oklahoma Development Authority Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program is looking for people who are empathetic, diplomatic, assertive and skilled communicators to be Volunteer Ombudsmen. Volunteer Ombudsmen perform invaluable ...
    Posted Apr 10, 2017, 4:18 PM by Michael Ryburn
  • Caregiver shortage threatens for baby boomers By the year 2030, this nation’s 72 million baby boomers will have reached age 65. This many baby boomers reaching retirement age at the same time will create a ...
    Posted Feb 27, 2017, 9:30 AM by Mary Peck
  • Public engagement invited in development of long-range transportation plan for Jackson County You are invited to a stakeholder meeting to engage the public in the early stage of developing a regional long-range transportation plan. Scheduled for Tuesday, March 7, 10 a ...
    Posted Feb 13, 2017, 8:02 AM by Mary Peck
  • Remember the aging during the Month of Love - February The aging residing in long-term care facilities can feel more involved in this special month of love in several ways. Since around the 14 century, the offering of gifts ...
    Posted Feb 13, 2017, 8:00 AM by Mary Peck
  • SWODA Area Agency on Aging 2018 Area Plan update The South Western Oklahoma Development Authority Area Agency on Aging has updated its Area Plan. This four-year area plan update reflects services provided under the Older Americans Act, as ...
    Posted Feb 7, 2017, 2:07 PM by Michael Ryburn
  • Public invited to 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 1p.m., Thursday, Feb. 9. This meeting will ...
    Posted Jan 30, 2017, 6:07 AM by Mary Peck
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