The City of McCook was awarded US$505,000 in federal funds to help set up a data centre for Omaha-based 21st Century Systems, which designs and builds intelligent software. Gov. Dave Heineman said 21CSI’s data centre will create 21 new jobs. State officials approved McCook’s request for money from the federal Community Development Block Grant program. “This expansion into southwest Nebraska will generate job opportunities in technology and new economic opportunities in this part of the state,’’ Heineman said in a press release.
The company plans to build the data Center in the former Keystone Hotel, which is being renovated by the McCook Economic Development Corp. Computer equipment will be installed in the basement, and 21CSI also will operate on the building’s fourth floor.