By DON AINES
Staff Writer, Martinsburg
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A consolidation of U.S. Coast Guard computer centers could increase the number of jobs at the Operations Systems Center by 140 in the next few years, according to the center's commanding officer.
"There's a government-wide initiative to consolidate computer centers," Capt. Bill Ashforth said Tuesday. He said the Coast Guard plans to consolidate much of its computer operations at the Liberty Business Park center over the next five years.
Monday night the Berkeley County Planning Commission reviewed a preliminary plan for the three-story, 74,000-square-foot addition to the center. Ashforth said groundbreaking on the addition, which is actually larger than the existing center at the park, could be held later this fall, perhaps in November.