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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 Accepting Applications for Case Management Position The South Western Oklahoma Development Authority is seeking a qualified individual as case manager providing service planning to the frail elderly and disabled.  Applicants can complete a SWODA application and ...
    Posted Sep 24, 2014, 2:26 PM by Mary Peck
  • Uplifting Business Training on October 14 in Hobart, OK The General Tommy Franks Leadership Institute and SWODA are sponsoring the L.I.F.T. Business Expo. L.I.F.T. stays for Leadership: Integrity Focused Training. The event is ...
    Posted Sep 24, 2014, 7:18 AM by Mary Peck
  • REAP Applications and Workshops In 1996, Oklahoma legislators created the Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) program to provide funding assistance to rural areas in communities of less than 7,000 in population with priority ...
    Posted Jul 15, 2014, 11:15 AM by Michael Ryburn
  • DHS names Martinez Aging Services Professional of the Year The Professional of the Year for the Department of Human Services is Anita Martinez, ADvantage case management director, with the South Western Oklahoma Development Authority (SWODA). The award was presented ...
    Posted Jun 25, 2014, 2:38 PM by Mary Peck
  • May is Older American Month: Safe Today. Healthy Tomorrow Older adults have made countless contributions and sacrifices to ensure a better life for future generations. Since 1963, communities across the country have shown their gratitude by celebrating Older Americans ...
    Posted May 13, 2014, 1:00 PM by Mary Peck
  • SWODA honors Representative Frank Lucas with Congressional Partnership Award By Mary Peck, SWODA Business Development and Marketing Associate (Burns Flat, OK—April 16, 2014) Representative Frank Lucas (R-OK) received the 2014 NADO Congressional Partnership Award for his leadership ...
    Posted Apr 15, 2014, 2:07 PM by Mary Peck
  • SWODA CEDS 2014-2017 The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy compiled by SWODA is now official and can be viewed online at http://agyouth.com/CEDS_2014/ For a printed copy, give us a call
    Posted May 13, 2014, 1:11 PM by Mary Peck
  • SWODA CEDS DRAFT AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW Download a draft of the 2014 SWODA CEDS and review it before the WIB Board Meeting on Wednesday, March 26, 9 a.m., at SWODA in Burns Flat. If you ...
    Posted Mar 20, 2014, 8:33 AM by Mary Peck
  • SWODA provides tips on recognizing abuse and neglect in nursing homes Nursing home residents have the right to protection from criminal acts, which includes abuse and neglect. Caregivers, friends and family need to know the signs of abuse and neglect to ...
    Posted Feb 19, 2014, 3:48 PM by Mary Peck
  • Volunteers needed for residents in long-term care facilities Residents in long-term care facilities in Southwestern Oklahoma need volunteers to ensure they are experiencing the best care possible. If you have a concern about older people, can spend ...
    Posted Feb 19, 2014, 3:46 PM by Mary Peck
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