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U.S. DataSource donates computers to Calexico for use by citizens, agencies

June 27, 2002|By AARON CLAVERIE

Staff Writer

CALEXICO — Marty Madden, owner of Los Angeles-based data production company U.S. DataSource, has donated 40 computers to the city of Calexico.

Two computers will be hooked up in the lobby of City Hall for the use of city residents. Others will be utilized at Camarena Memorial Library to augment the library's youth computer programs. A bank of the computers will be at the Community Center so senior citizens can e-mail their families.

Some of the computers will be donated to various Imperial Valley non-profit agencies, including Calexico's Hotel De Anza, Aurora Continuation High School, the Alegria Adult Day Health Care Center and the Brawley Lions Club.

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Madden said Wednesday he will donate 20 more computers after the initial 40 are in use.

The high-speed computers featuring Pentium III chips had been used at Madden's U.S. DataSource operation in Calexico, which employs some 55 people who punch information into computer data bases.

Speaking of his Calexico operation, Madden said, "I want to stress one thing. It is managed and supervised by local people from the community and all the training is being conducted by Imperial Valley Regional Occupational Program."

He added, "I have been in this industry for 35 years and have never been in a community which has been so cooperative and provided such a high level of competent employees."

The Calexico City Council, seated as the city Redevelopment Agency board, recently gave Madden a $200,000 grant and a $200,000 loan to expand his operations at his Yourman Road operation. A portion of the loan will be forgiven if Madden follows through with his plan to hire Calexico residents.

Madden said Wednesday, "I plan to have 150 employees by the end of the year. We're currently training 20 people, which is ongoing. As of now we are right on schedule."

>> Staff Writer Aaron Claverie can be reached at 337-3419 or aclaverie@aol.com

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