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

  • 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
  • The Voice of Aging Training at Cordell Community Center The eight-area SWODA Ombudsman Volunteers encourage everyone to join them in the rewarding effort of advocacy for residents within long-term care homes.  A free training is planned at ...
    Posted Apr 25, 2016, 6:28 AM by Mary Peck
  • Legislators present over $1 million in grant funding The South Western Oklahoma Development Authority (SWODA) and Oklahoma legislators presented over $1 million to 41 different communities on Friday, Feb. 19. Senator Mike Schulz, Representative Harold Wright, Representative David ...
    Posted Apr 18, 2016, 6:11 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 11, 2016, 7:27 AM by Mary Peck
  • Senior sites offer more than meals South Western Oklahoma Development Authority (SWODA) area senior meal site programs offer a variety of services along with noon meals to seniors in Altus, Cheyenne, Granite, Hollis, Mangum, Mountain View ...
    Posted Apr 11, 2016, 7:25 AM by Mary Peck
  • PUBLIC NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS LEGAL NOTICE  PUBLIC NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS  The South Western Oklahoma Development Authority (SWODA) Area Agency on Aging (AAA) is currently accepting bids to provide caregiver services to elderly ...
    Posted Mar 29, 2016, 2:07 PM by Mary Peck
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