SWODA is an eight-county community and economic development organization providing assistance to municipalities, counties and conservation districts throughout Beckham, Custer, Greer, Harmon, Jackson, Kiowa, Roger Mills and Washita Counties.
Trustees play critical roles in identifying problems and issues in the region for all local governments and assisting SWODA professional staff in crafting activities and programs to address these needs and to take the most advantage of opportunities.
Trustees installed for the 2011-2012 terms are:
Beckham County: Sayre Mayor Eddie Tom Lakey, County Commissioner Carl Don Campbell and North Fork Conservation District member Andy Partain.
Custer County: Weatherford Mayor Mike Brown, County Commissioner Lyle Miller and Custer County Conservation District member Burke.
Roger Mills County: Hammon Board of Trustee Myrna Ashby, County Commissioner Jerry Dean and Roger Mills County Conservation District member Sterling Moore.
Washita County: Cordell Mayor Alex Damon, County Commissioner Leo Goeringer and Washita County Conservation District member Edie Brown.
Current SWODA activities include digital maps integrated with orthodigital aerial photography, global position systems (GPS) to identify latitude and longitude locations of key points, technical assistance with planning and zoning, assisting with a wide range of needs of the elderly, training and employment for youths, adults and older workers, improving rural fire protection, reducing risks from natural and manmade disaster and developing ordinances and codes.
Additionally, SWODA administers E 911 emergency telephone services throughout Beckham, Custer, Harmon, Kiowa, Roger Mills and Washita counties.
In developing these programs and activities and providing these numerous services, SWODA and several of its staff has received numerous honors and several national awards.
For more information about SWODA and its services, go to swoda.org.
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