A story in Wednesday's Business section on the Software Productivity Consortium omitted the names of two member companies, Vitro Corp. of Silver Spring and the Northrop Corp.
The executive committee of the Software Productivity Consortium, a group of 13 leading aerospace corporations, has agreed to locate the group's new facility in Fairfax County at the Center for Innovative Technology, pending approval by member companies.
The decision represents a major victory in Virginia's efforts to lure high technology companies to the state, said Scott Eubanks, director of the Department of Economic Development.
"This will be an extremely large and prestigious project whose dimensions will equal, if not exceed," those of the Microelectronics & Computer Technology Corp., he said. The corporation, headed by former National Security Agency director Bobby Inman, is a research and development consortium of more than 20 leading computer and technology companies working on state-of-the-art computer technologies. The consortium, which was wooed by dozens of communities across the country, finally agreed in 1983 to locate in Austin, Tex.
The Software Productivity Consortium would focus its efforts on developing software tools to aid computer programmers in designing better programs significantly faster. TRW Inc.'s Ed Jones, executive director of the software consortium task force, has said that the group's research also would help develop "conversion mechanisms" to enable software developed by one company be used on another company's computers.
Similarly, the companies would share research on artificial intelligence software techniques such as "expert systems" to improve programmer productivity.
If the proposed move is approved by consortium members, Virginia will provide the group with space at the center for up to three years until permanent office facilities for the consortium are built. Eubanks said that no special tax incentives were offered.
The consortium and the state estimate that about 200 jobs would be created initially by the move.
The consortium now includes TRW Inc., Boeing Co., E-Systems, General Dynamics Corp., Ford Aerospace & Communications Corp., GTE Government Systems Corp., Lockheed Missiles and Space Co., McDonnell Douglas Astronautics Co., Rockwell International Co., United Technologies Corp. and Science Applications International Corp.