ELK CITY — An $2.2 million infusion into this far-western Oklahoma town will structurally improve an industrial park and bring jobs to an area hurt by the freefalling economy. The Economic Development Administration recovery grant for the Beckham County community is one of the first to be announced, said Bryan Borlik, a public affairs spokesman with the U.S. Commerce Department. The grant is for storm water drainage and infrastructure improvement at the Elk City Industrial Park. The project is made possible through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which is providing federal money to states, municipalities and families. "The Obama administration is committed to creating jobs, encouraging innovation and improving our nation’s economic competitiveness,” said U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, who is a member of President Barack Obama’s economic team. "This grant will help to create new jobs and boost private investment in the region by building the infrastructure needed to improve and expand the Elk City Industrial Park.” Elk City officials said the grant money will go toward much-needed road improvements leading to and inside an 80-acre portion of the 160-acre business park. The renovations will also include expanding utilities and adding traffic lighting, said interim City Manager Anita Archer. Archer said it’s unknown at this point how many jobs would be created from the projects. But construction on a Walmart Supercenter, and a contract for a Hampton Inn, on the second 80-acre portion of the park that is expected to begin in August will offer job opportunities, she said. And building and staffing the Walmart store will bring 150 jobs to the city. "That will be quite a boost,” she said. Because of the slowing economy "we’ve lost a lot of oil-field jobs this year,” Archer said, although no other major employers have shut down or cut workers. Beckham County’s unemployment rate rose in April to 5.1 percent, up from 4.7 percent in March.