Senate committee approves funding
WASHINGTON, DC -- A McCook program will receive a $2 million military appropriations under language included in the Department of Defense Appropriations bill approved by a Senate committee today. Nebraska's Senator Ben Nelson, a member of the Armed Services Committee, requested funding for the project, which will be led by 21st Century Systems, Inc.
The funding is targeted for the development of Expeditionary Logistics for the 21st Century (EXLOG21). EXLOG21 is a software product that uses computer-based "intelligent agents" as a decision support planning tool to process timely and very accurate information on the operational status of tactical equipment and weapons systems on the battlefield.
"As our military men and women protecting our national security around the world, it is of the utmost importance that they have the most up-to-date technology and equipment at their disposal," said Nelson. "This funding will ensure the development of such technology while assisting efforts to bring resources to McCook to continue our efforts to promote rural development."
With the completion of work by the Senate Appropriations Committee, the bill will move to the floor of the Senate for further consideration. Nelson will continue to monitor the legislation to ensure the project's continued success in Congress.
Dr. Alex Stoyen, co-owner of Century 21 Systems of Herndon, Va., said today he is grateful to Sen. Nelson for his work on the project as well as to McCook Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Kay Lavene and McCook Mayor Jerda Garey who have worked diligently to bring the program to McCook.
While the defense bill which includes the Century 21 funding still has to be reconciled in the House and Senate before it is passed to the full floor for a vote, Stoyen is optimistic President Bush will sign the bill into law on Nov. 4.
Stoyen said he hopes to have an office manager and two assistants hired for the McCook-based program sometime this fall. His company is working closely with the University of Omaha and Mid-Plains Community College to develop an internship program for students wishing to become a member of the Century 21 team and complete their bachelors degree through the two colleges.
"I'd like to see the McCook office grow to 20 to 35 people over the next 2-3 years," he said.
Once approved, funds for the project will be available in fiscal year 2004.