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.