SWODA NEWS


Comment period on 2040 Tillman County Long Range Transportation is open for 30 days

posted Oct 19, 2017, 7:54 AM by Mary Peck

The Southwest Oklahoma Regional Transportation Planning Organization (SORTPO) is seeking public comment on the 2040 Tillman County Long Range Transportation Plan.  The Long Range Transportation Plan establishes the goals and transportation strategies for addressing the County’s transportation needs.  Prior to adoption of the plan there is a 30-day public comment period which will end on November 28, 2017. During this comment period individuals, agencies, and organizations are encouraged to review the document and submit comments. The Plan is available from the SORTPO offices located at

 

ASCOG

Steve Kelly, SORTPO

802 W. Main

Duncan, OK 73534 or kell_st@ascog.org

 

SWODA

Becky Cockrell, SORTPO,

420 Sooner Dr., PO Box 569,

Burns Flat, OK 73624 or to becky@swoda.org

 

If you have any questions, please contact Becky in Burns Flat or Steve in Duncan in www.sortpo.org (see “Publications” page) for review. 

Comment period on 2040 Cotton County Long Range Transportation is open for 30 days

posted Oct 19, 2017, 7:52 AM by Mary Peck

The Southwest Oklahoma Regional Transportation Planning Organization (SORTPO) is seeking public comment on the 2040 Cotton County Long Range Transportation Plan.  The Long Range Transportation Plan establishes the goals and transportation strategies for addressing the County’s transportation needs.  Prior to adoption of the plan there is a 30-day public comment period which will end on November 28, 2017. During this comment period individuals, agencies, and organizations are encouraged to review the document and submit comments. The Plan is available from the SORTPO offices located at

 

ASCOG

Steve Kelly, SORTPO

802 W. Main

Duncan, OK 73534 or kell_st@ascog.org

 

SWODA

Becky Cockrell, SORTPO,

420 Sooner Dr., PO Box 569,

Burns Flat, OK 73624 or to becky@swoda.org

 

If you have any questions, please contact Becky in Burns Flat or Steve in Duncan in www.sortpo.org (see “Publications” page) for review. 

Public engagement invited in development of long-range transportation plan for Washita County

posted Oct 9, 2017, 5:39 AM by Mary Peck

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, Oct. 17, 10 a.m., at the Western Technology Center in Burns Flat, OK located at 621 Sooner Dr, the meeting will introduce the long-range transportation process and provide opportunities to share your areas of concern for Washita County with the Southwest Oklahoma Regional Transportation Planning Organization (SORTPO). Transportation programs to meet the needs of the future will also be identified.

SORTPO, the regional transportation planning organization for 16 counties in southwest Oklahoma, is in the process of developing a regional long-range transportation plan. The region includes the eight counties within the Southwestern Oklahoma Development Authority (SWODA) Council of Government and the eight counties comprising the Association of South Central Oklahoma Government (ASCOG).

Please share this invitation with your associates, as all are welcome. Direct inquiries to Becky Cockrell, SWODA transportation planner, at (580) 562-4880 or becky@swoda.org

Public engagement invited in development of long-range transportation plan for Kiowa County

posted Oct 9, 2017, 5:38 AM by Mary Peck

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, Oct. 10, 10 a.m., at the Western Technology Center in Hobart, OK  located at 1000 S. Bailey, the meeting will introduce the long-range transportation process and provide opportunities to share your areas of concern for Kiowa County with the Southwest Oklahoma Regional Transportation Planning Organization (SORTPO). Transportation programs to meet the needs of the future will also be identified.

SORTPO, the regional transportation planning organization for 16 counties in southwest Oklahoma, is in the process of developing a regional long-range transportation plan. The region includes the eight counties within the Southwestern Oklahoma Development Authority (SWODA) Council of Government and the eight counties comprising the Association of South Central Oklahoma Government (ASCOG).

Please share this invitation with your associates, as all are welcome. Direct inquiries to Becky Cockrell, SWODA transportation planner, at (580) 562-4880 or becky@swoda.org.

2017 Excellence in Regional Transportation Award

posted Sep 25, 2017, 6:47 AM by Mary Peck

The Southwest Oklahoma Regional Transportation Planning Organization (SORTPO) which is comprised of 16 counties in Western Oklahoma has been awarded a 2017 Excellence in Regional Transportation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) for Partnership in Planning.

Award winners received national recognition at the 2017 National Regional Transportation Conference in Denver, Colorado, this summer. The Excellence in Regional Transportation Awards showcased organizations for noteworthy projects and practices in rural and small metropolitan transportation planning, program delivery and special initiatives.

According to South Western Development Authority (SWODA) Executive Director Debora Glasgow, “The Excellence in Regional Transportation Awards highlight the important results of programs and projects like Partnership Planning. Such initiatives are central to fostering quality of place, facilitating economic vitality and improving mobility in our nation’s communities by promoting effective transportation planning and networks.”

SORTPO is comprised of the following counties: Beckham, Caddo, Comanche, Cotton, Custer, Grady, Greer, Harmon, Jackson, Jefferson, Kiowa, Kiowa, McClain, Roger Mills, Stephens, Tillman and Washita.

The objective of SORTPO is to coordinate with rural stakeholders and the public to compile a statewide list of capacity/mobility projects, develop scoring criteria and prioritize a list of rural roadway projects. Non-highway modes will also be a part of the SORTPO Regional Transportation Plan.

The primary goals of the SORTPO Regional Transportation Plan include enhancement of rural transportation system connectivity, promotion of rural mobility/congestion relief and enhancement of rural transportation safety. When complete, the SOPTPO Regional Transportation Plan will represent ODOT’s long-term transportation goals for rural areas of the state.

For more information about the award-winning Partners in Planning project, contact SORTPO at 580-562-4882.

Elk City and SWODA Stars of the Southwest

posted Sep 25, 2017, 6:20 AM by Mary Peck

Impactful projects emanating from EDA’s Austin region were honored during the “Star of the Southwest” ceremony held as part of the 2017 Southwest Region Executive Directors Association (SWREDA) Annual Conference in Baton Rouge (July 26-28, 2017). SWREDA is a voluntary association of executive directors of Councils of Governments and Economic Development Districts across the five-state EDA Austin region.

City of Elk City and South Western Oklahoma Development Authority recognized for having made a measurable and positive impact. EDA’s investment of $2.25 million, part of a $3 million effort, helped the 160 acre Elk City Industrial Park make structural improvements that resulted in 200 jobs retained 150 jobs created. Internal paving of streets with curb and gutter provided improved access.

Other improvements included paving, grading, and adding drainage and intersection lighting to existing streets. Private investment into the Park’s original businesses totaled $7,750,000. The project was made possible through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Seeking Qualified Individual as Case Manager

posted Sep 18, 2017, 9:29 AM by Mary Peck

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 submit a resume at the Workforce Oklahoma Office in Clinton or Altus, or may print out an application at www.swoda.org and e-mail or mail application and resume to SWODA, attention Marsha Shelton. Applicants who are certified case managers for the Medicaid ADvantage program preferred. SWODA is an equal opportunity employer.

Volunteer advocates needed – Free training in Burns Flat!

posted Sep 18, 2017, 7:34 AM by Mary Peck

The Southwest Oklahoma Development Authority (SWODA) 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 work with residents and their families to resolve complaints or provide information and other assistance.

A free training for volunteers will be held September 27-28 in SWODA’s Small Conference Room, 420 Sooner Drive, Burns Flat, Oklahoma. Training times are 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day. If you can attend, please RSVP to Gail Wilcox, SWODA ombudsman supervisor, at (800) 627-4882.

“Our focus on residents’ rights provides a vital link to quality of life and care for residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities within the SWODA service area,” said Gail Wilcox, SWODA ombudsman supervisor. By our regular presence, trust develops between the residents and the Ombudsman. The residents know someone is there to speak up for them.”

Some of the key functions of Volunteer Ombudsmen are:

·       Identify, investigate and resolve complaints made by or on behalf of residents;

·       Provide information to residents about long-term care services and their rights;

·       Advocate for changes to improve residents’ quality of life and care

“Our Volunteer Ombudsman are in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities working pro-actively to make sure that minor complaints and concerns don’t develop into major quality of life problems for residents,” said Wilcox.

The SWODA Ombudsman Program serves nursing homes in Beckham, Custer, Greer, Harmon, Jackson, Kiowa, Roger Mills and Washita Counties. For more information about the Ombudsman Program or to become a volunteer in your area, contact Gail Wilcox at (580) 562-4882.

 

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SORTPO is seeking a qualified consultant

posted Aug 28, 2017, 1:15 PM by Mary Peck

SORTPO is seeking a qualified consultant to provide assistance in the development of transportation planning process and to provide transportation planning training to staff. Details for applying can be found http://sortpo.org/2017/08/28/request-for-proposal. Direct questions to Becky Cockrell, transportation planner, 580-562-4882, ext. 118 or becky@swoda.org.

Building and Strengthening Intergenerational Relationships

posted Aug 28, 2017, 7:26 AM by Mary Peck

Never in the history of America has the population had more older adults than children. The increasing number of aging family members increases the need for support. Many adults are in the “sandwich generation.” More individuals find themselves responsible for raising children, caring for parents and/or grandparents, and own responsibilities. Science tells us that nurturing relationships with adults are essential healthy human development beginning from birth.

Individuals forced to reside in long-term care and assisted living facilities desire the continued close connection to family and friends. The connection, philosophers’ state, may ward off poor health and premature death. Loneliness is the number one risk factor for functional decline.

The return to school for children brings wonderful opportunities to develop a quality relationship with wise, independent and knowledgeable individuals. Cherish a relationship with loving individuals. Soon the organization activities begin. Leaders with great effort work to provide different and meaningful activities for the members.

Be the entrepreneur of your community that facilitate and encourage intergenerational relationships between children and older adults. Here are some activities that could assist in nurturing a most giving relationship:

1.     Storytelling: Listening to historical stories from the aging community helps build a strong connection.

2.     Letter writing: If transportation presents a problem, write letters or send cards are great options. Each facility has a staff member willing to assist in such an endeavor.

3.     Learning skills: Even though declining health require individuals to reside in nursing care facilities, talents and skills continue to exist. Perhaps the children could learn to take care of animals, crochet, bake or draw.

4.     Reading: Aging individuals with less than perfect vision long for the opportunity to read. Children can practice reading skills and develop a relationship at the same time.

5.     Planting seeds or gardening: Gardening illustrates the life cycle and teaches responsibilities. Create a container garden if space allows. Children learn how to care for the plants.

6.     Weather watching: Aging individuals know much about clouds, stars and weather in general. Cloud watching with descriptions formulates a bond between young and aging.

 A lasting memorable relationship is the quality of time spent together that is the most important. Continued and consistent visits enable two generations to build a non-forgettable relationship. Many of my strongest and fondest memories are those spent with grandparents and aging community members. The conversations, stories, generous love and strength shown to me carry me through my day-to-day living now as well as molded my character as I grew.

In the effort to create lasting memories and relationships, contact the local Ombudsman Supervisor of your area. The SWODA Ombudsman Program serves nursing homes in Beckham, Custer, Greer, Harmon, Jackson, Kiowa, Roger Mills and Washita Counties. For more information about the Ombudsman Program or to become a volunteer in your area, contact Gail Wilcox at 580-562-4882, ext. 132.

 

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