A tech firm has moved into part of the large downtown Eugene building formerly occupied by Sykes Enterprises’ call center. Downtown supporters are hoping that the firm will be the first in a series of tenants that will turn the 106,000-square-foot building on West Broadway into a high-tech hub.

Inseego Corp., the new name of the San Diego-based company that acquired Feeney Wireless almost three years ago, moved from west Eugene and is leasing 12,500 square feet — about half of the building’s third floor, broker Tim Campbell said. In the past few months, four out-of-area tech companies have toured sites in downtown Eugene, including the Sykes building, said Matt Sayre, vice president of the Technology Association of Oregon, a trade group.

Other private companies and government entities also have toured the building, which has three floors and a basement, Campbell said. Last summer, the building was connected to EUGNet, the fast, low-cost fiber network that is connecting to more downtown buildings.

Six private sector companies provide Internet service to customers through the publicly funded fiber network, Sayre said. So far 24 buildings are connected to EUGNet, he said.

The goal is to connect to 125 by the end of the year. Tech firms are attracted to the former Sykes’ building’s fast fiber connections and proximity to other tech companies, Sayre and Campbell said. Read more from registerguard.com…

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