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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.

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

  • SWODA has free coats for children and adults in Southwest Oklahoma The South Western Oklahoma Development Authority (SWODA) has lightweight coats, heavyweight coats, hoodies and sweatshirts for children and adults thanks to the generosity of area citizens. New and “gently” used ...
    Posted Jan 25, 2016, 9:54 AM by Mary Peck
  • Masonic Fraternity of Oklahoma Provides Funding to Oklahoma’s Area Agencies on Aging The Masonic Fraternity of Oklahoma has once again partnered with the South Western Oklahoma Development Authority (SWODA) Area Agency on Aging (AAA), along with other Area Agencies on Aging across ...
    Posted Jan 20, 2016, 8:37 AM by Michael Ryburn
  • Partners in Progress Conference Partners in Progress Conference is designed for SWODA Regional Municipal Governments Mayors, Clerks, Treasurers, Administrators, Managers, Board & Council Members.RSVP TO NEWS@SWODA.ORG OR CALL 580-562-4882. Download ...
    Posted Jan 11, 2016, 11:37 AM by Mary Peck
  • Disaster Preparedness Disasters strike anytime, anywhere and do not discriminate as to who is touched by devastation, not even our most vulnerable citizens--residents of long-term care facilities. Oklahoma people with ...
    Posted Jan 4, 2016, 2:45 PM by Mary Peck
  • Harris honored as Floodplain Manager of the Year The Oklahoma Flood Managers Association recently honored Jana Harris, South Western Oklahoma Development Authority (SWODA) director of community and economic development and E911, as the J. Gavin Brady Floodplain Manager ...
    Posted Dec 21, 2015, 8:15 AM by Mary Peck
  • ODOT Grant Opportunity: Transportation Alternatives Program Opens Jan. 1, 2016     The Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) has announced the statewide Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) will be open for applications Jan. 1 through Feb 29, 2016.  The application process for this ...
    Posted Dec 17, 2015, 9:39 AM by Mary Peck
  • Your visit to a nursing home can help depression It’s time for the holidays and thoughts of helping others enter our hearts. It’s a time of helping and giving. Remember, there are many nursing home residents that ...
    Posted Dec 7, 2015, 7:27 AM by Mary Peck
  • 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
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