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In April 2012, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation entered an agreement with OARC to oversee development of the regional transportation planning process and the regional public participation process in the non-metropolitan areas of the state. Three Councils of governments were selected as pilot projects: SWODA, NODA, and COEDD. The goals of the RTPO are to provide a regional forum for cooperative decision making about transportation issues and to serve as liaison between the local governments and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. The exposure of the RTPO through Oklahoma Association of Regional Councils has allowed for an interest in collaborating planning among county commissions, mayors, circuit engineering districts, ODOT Division Engineers, city officials, business owners, and local citizens. 



Transportation Plans, Mapping, Community Improvement



Provide technical assistance to local municipalities, create a forum for public participation, coordinate plans and programs with other organizations. 


Counties in the Region

Pottawatomie County

Seminole County

Hughes County

Okfuskee County

Lincoln County

Payne County 

Pawnee County



All county plans have been completed and the Long Range Transportation Plan is in process currently.

Listing Title: Rural Fire Coordinator

Listing Description: Job description: Rural Fire Coordinator for
Central Oklahoma Economic Development District (COEDD)
The Rural Fire Coordinator works with all Municipal, Rural and County Fire Departments under the 10,000 population requirements in COEDD’s 7 county service area consisting of Hughes, Lincoln, Okfuskee, Pawnee, Payne, Pottawatomie, and Seminole Counties. The Fire Coordinator helps in improving all aspects of local fire protection including but not limited to improving local insurance ratings, obtaining grants and equipment, fire training, and actions necessary to improve the fire department’s ability to respond and protect the public from multiple fire threats.
Education Requirements
Rural Fire Coordinator to be employed shall have a minimum of an associate degree in fire protection or related field and a minimum of one year experience working with fire departments or a fire related agency or organization. Two additional years of experience may be substituted for the associate degree requirement.
Rural Fire Coordinator is an employee of COEDD and is exclusively directed by the Executive Director and Assistant Director of (COEDD) Central Oklahoma Economic Development District, the Rural Fire Coordinator through COEDD is under contractual provisions with the Oklahoma Council of Governments and in association with the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry.
Coordinator duties in COEDD 7 county region
A.  Rural Fire Coordinator must become certified in the administration of Community Development Block Grants within 2 years of employment date.
B.  Rural Fire Coordinator shall be a certified FST level 1 instructor (minimum) to instruct ISO apparatus training and provide technical assistance, and other training programs.
C.  Rural Fire Coordinator will be required to attend meetings after regular work hours with local Fire Departments, Forestry Department staff and other Rural Fire Coordinators and state agencies to develop and maintain a comprehensive Rural Fire Defense Program in the state of Oklahoma.
D.  Rural Fire Coordinator serves as a primary source of information to rural fire departments on programs and services within the state of Oklahoma, agencies of the federal government, and private industry, including promoting compliance and participation in the programs of the Office of the State Fire Marshal, Oklahoma State University Fire Service Training, Career Tech.
E.  Rural Fire Coordinator serves as a Liaison with State and Federal legislators and Federal agencies to enhance and maintain the Rural Fire Defense Program. Rural Fire Coordinator shall coordinate efforts as Liaison to rural fire departments between the Department’s Forestry Services Division and OEM to manage fire suppression efforts throughout the state during periods of emergency or declared disaster.
F.  Rural Fire Coordinator shall work with rural communities within the district and representatives of the insurance industry to lower homeowner insurance rates. Rural Fire Coordinator will be required to travel across the State of Oklahoma, to coordinate compliance with all state laws and mandates for the fire departments.
G.  Rural Fire Coordinator will be required to conduct a physical inventory of Federal Excess Personal Property pursuant to the USDA Forest Service standards on the equipment assigned to its rural fire protection coordination district.
H.  Rural Fire Coordinator will closely track all expenditures of operational and grant funding through the Rural Fire Defense Program.


Please submit your resume, cover letter and references to the address listed below, those selected will be contacted for an interview.

David Hinkle, Executive Director
Rural Fire Coordinator Position
COEDD 400 N. Bell
Shawnee, OK 74801

(Job) Location:
Shawnee, Oklahoma

Contact Information -
Central Oklahoma Economic Development District

400 N. Bell

Shawnee, Ok., 74801

Phone Number: 405-273-6410 x100

Fax Number: 405-273-3213

Contact Job Title: Executive Director

David Hinkle

Email Address

Listing Expiration Date:

Estimated Total Program Funding $7,00,000,000
Award Floor $500,000

The Charging and Fueling Infrastructure Discretionary Grant Program (CFI Program) is a new competitive grant program created by President Biden's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to strategically deploy publicly accessible electric vehicle charging and alternative fueling infrastructure in the places people live and work, urban and rural areas alike, in addition to along designated Alternative Fuel Corridors (AFCs). CFI Program investments will make modern and sustainable infrastructure accessible to all drivers of electric, hydrogen, propane, and natural gas vehicles. This program provides two funding categories of grants: (1) Community Charging and Fueling Grants (Community Program); and (2) Alternative Fuel Corridor Grants (Corridor Program). The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law provides $2.5 billion over five years for this program. This first round of funding makes $700 million from Fiscal Years 2022 and 2023 funding available to strategically deploy electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure and other fueling infrastructure projects in urban and rural communities in publicly accessible locations, including downtown areas and local neighborhoods, particularly in underserved and disadvantaged communities.

Through the latest federal legislation, IIJA-BIL and the Bridge Formula Program, funds were made available to every state to assist in improving bridge conditions as part of the transportation infrastructure.  This funding is available for improving not only highway bridges, but also city and county owned structures.


With intentionality, ODOT has made great strides in addressing Structurally Deficient bridges on the state highway system, moving Oklahoma from number 49 in the nation for worst highway bridges to number 7, however, there are still over 1700 SD bridges on the city and county system.  In an effort to reduce the number of structurally deficient bridges in our state, ODOT is making funding available to address as many structurally deficient bridges that funding will permit.


As part of this funding, ODOT has established the SD City Bridge Program with the goal of providing financial assistance to replace or rehabilitate SD bridges on the city system.  If you have an SD bridge(s) within your city limits and you are interested, please fill out the notice of interest at this link: .  This will help us prioritize the participation so that we can address as many SD bridges as possible.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to myself or Luke Bustos at . We hope to hear from you soon!




Melissa Davis, PMP®, Program Manager

Local Government Division

Cell 405-249-0829

In 2023, the AARP Community Challenge is accepting applications across three different grant opportunities, two of which are new this year. Organizations are eligible to apply for more than one grant opportunity and may submit multiple applications.

Important Dates in 2023

  • January 18: Application window opens

  • March 15: Applications are due by 5 p.m. (ET)

  • Mid-May: All applicants will be notified by email of their status

  • June 28: Public announcement of the selected grantees — and work on the projects begin!

  • November 30: All funded projects must be completed

  • December 31: Deadline for after-action reports

Applicants and others with questions can look at the Frequently Asked Questions or email

1. Flagship Grants

The flagship AARP Community Challenge grants have ranged from several hundred dollars for smaller, short-term activities to tens of thousands of dollars for larger projects. Since 2017, AARP has funded projects ranging from $500 to $50,000 with an average grant amount of $11,900 (83 percent of grants have been under $20,000.) AARP reserves the right to award compelling projects of any dollar amount.

We are accepting applications for projects that benefit residents — especially those age 50 and older. Projects can:

  • Create vibrant public places that improve open spaces, parks and access to other amenities

  • Deliver a range of transportation and mobility options that increase connectivity, walkability, bikeability, and access to public and private transit

  • Support housing options that increases the availability of accessible and affordable choices

  • Ensure a focus on diversity, equity and inclusion while improving the built and social environment of a community;

  • Increase digital connections by expanding high-speed internet and enhancing digital literacy skills of residents

  • Support community resilience through investments that improve disaster management, preparedness and mitigation for residents

  • Increase civic engagement with innovative and tangible projects that bring residents and local leaders together to address challenges and facilitate a greater sense of inclusion

  • Improve community health and economic empowerment in support of financial well-being and improved health outcomes

2. NEW! Capacity-Building Microgrants

By combining $2,500 grants with additional resources — such as webinars, AARP Livable Communities publications, cohort learning opportunities and/or up to two hours of one-on-one coaching with leading national organizations — this new grant opportunity will benefit residents (especially those age 50 or older) in the following categories:

  • Walkability: Implement a walk audit to assess and enhance the safety and walkability of a street or neighborhood with support from America Walks, using the AARP Walk Audit Tool Kit.

3. NEW! Demonstration Grants

By supporting demonstration efforts that encourage the replication of promising local efforts, this new grant opportunity will benefit residents (especially those age 50 and older) by:

  • Advancing solutions that build capacity towards transportation systems change. This opportunity for grant funding of approximately $30,000 to $50,000 per project is sponsored by Toyota Motor North America.

  • Implementing accessory dwelling unit (ADU) design competitions that increase public understanding of this housing option and encourage the implementation of ADU supportive policies. This opportunity for grant funding  will provide approximately $10,000 to $15,000 per project.

FY 2023 RAISE Application FAQS

The RAISE program is a competitive grant program for investments in surface transportation infrastructure that will have a significant local or regional impact. RAISE Grant Funds were authorized under the Local and Regional Assistance Program in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL). 

2. When is the application deadline?

The deadline for all application materials is February 28, 2023 at 11:59:59 PM Eastern.

3. How many applications can an eligible applicant submit?

Applicants may submit a total of three (3) project applications (planning and/or capital) for RAISE grants. If a lead applicant submits more than three applications as the lead applicant, only the first three received will be considered. 

4. Where can I submit the application?

Final applications must be submitted through

Eligible Applicants for RAISE grants are: 

  • States and the District of Columbia;

  • any territory or possession of the United States;

  • a unit of local government;

  • a public agency or publicly chartered authority established by 1 or more States;

  • a special purpose district or public authority with a transportation function, including a port authority;

  • a federally recognized Indian Tribe or a consortium of such Indian Tribes; a transit agency; and

  • a multi-State or multijurisdictional group of entities.

Applications are open 

Applications close on February 28, 2023 at 11:59:59 PM Eastern 

Municipal Road Drilling Activity Funds (MRDAF) Application

To encourage and assist municipalities with a population of less than 15,000 in efforts to repair or improve roadways that have sustained damage due to oilfield activity. 

Criteria Reviewed in the Selection of a Municipal Roads Drilling Activity Funded Project:
1.  Municipality population under 15,000 as of the 2020 US Census.
2. Municipality commitment of 75/25 split of project cost; ODOT participation capped at $500,000 per project.
3. Funds must be utilized within 1 year of award.
4. Project must be exclusively on public right-of-way. 
5. Right-of-Way and utility relocations to be furnished at no cost to the Department.
6. Maintenance of project will be responsibility of the municipality.
7. Projects are reviewed on a statewide basis in the order received. 
8. Funding is limited to $5 million annually. 

An official request through the application website from the municipality having jurisdiction over the roadway. The local unit of government must have the authority to sign an agreement with the Department, assuming maintenance of the road upon completion of the project. Application should include each of the following:
1. Resolution of local participation in the awarded project and scope, including commitment to repay any unused funds and final audit of project. 
2. Project description including engineering estimate based on a n engineer's recommendation of repair. Scope of work should include recommended repair, beginning and ending points, surface type, length, and width of roadway. Identify well locations contributing to the damage. (Can be provided by District Personnel)
3. A map showing the location of the proposed project. 
4. Current ADT (Average Daily Traffic)
6. Indicate if damaged roadway is on a designated truck route.
7. Sponsor should expect an on-site scoping to be performed with the Department prior to selection for award. 

Applications for Projects open October 1, 2022, Open Ending

Questions should be directed to:
Ms. Melissa Davis
Oklahoma Department of Transportation
200 N.E. 21st St
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105

COEDD REAP Funding for the 2022-2023 Year is subject to change during a special meeting in October


The REAP Amount for EDA applications is currently $75,000.00
The REAP Amount for Community Grants is currently $50,000.00

Application Period Closed

Oklahoma Active Transportation Survey

ODOT will work with stakeholders and you to create the state’s first Active Transportation Plan with statewide policies and resources that will support and guide local communities’ active transportation efforts. Your voice is essential in this process!

Submit a response for our ongoing SURVEY and attend upcoming public workshops January 23-28, 2023.

Long Range Transportation Survey


400 North Bell Avenue, Shawnee, OK, USA

405-273-6410 ext 146

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