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

  • Area fire departments receive operational grants Mark Gardner, SWODA fire manager, and legislators presented area fire departments with operational grants during presentations held during September in Elk City and Hobart. Annually, the Oklahoma Forestry Service distributes ...
    Posted Oct 24, 2016, 7:37 AM by Mary Peck
  • iPod donations needed to provide healing music Long-term care facilities enhancing residents’ lives are in need of iPods.  You may have one in a drawer calling to be used in a special way.  Music helps people ...
    Posted Oct 17, 2016, 7:49 AM by Mary Peck
  • Learn how to advertise on social media from a pro Everyone is welcome to attend training on how to advertise on social media. Key speaker is Stephen Koranda, Back to You Marketing. The training will be held on Thursday, Sept ...
    Posted Sep 26, 2016, 11:22 AM by Mary Peck
  • SWODA recruiting volunteers to work with elderly South Western Oklahoma Development Authority of Burns Flat is recruiting volunteers to protect the rights of many residents living in 22 nursing homes and assisted living facilities.  The goal of ...
    Posted Sep 12, 2016, 10:59 AM by Mary Peck
  • Free training on business planning and obtaining financing Prospective, new and established business owners are encouraged to attend free training on business planning and obtaining business financing. The program will be held Thursday, September 15, 7 – 8:30 ...
    Posted Sep 12, 2016, 10:58 AM by Mary Peck
  • Eyeglasses Assistance Healthy eyes are something most people take for granted. But there are millions of elderly people in this country who have severe vision impairments. These impairments could be treated and ...
    Posted Sep 6, 2016, 7:28 AM by Mary Peck
  • 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
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