Tech Crawl: 'Over 1,000 jobs that will be available by the end of the year'
EUGENE, Ore. - Eugene is hosting the first Tech Crawl downtown Thursday night in conjunction with similar events happening in Bend and Portland at the same time.
The concept mirrors popular bar crawls where people travel from pubs or bars in a single night, usually arriving by foot or public transport to each destination.
In this case, organizers from the Technology Association of Oregon say potential job candidates will travel to various tech companies like Fertilab, Pipeworks and IDX.
"We have about 55 employees and have 5 open positions right now," said IDX CEO Chad Barczak.
TAO estimates a 30 percent growth over the next two years, in turn creating thousands of jobs.
"There are 418 tech companies right here. We have over 1,000 jobs that will be available by the end of the year," said Allison Weatherly, events coordinator for TAO. "That is a huge growing part of the tech center in Lane County."
Tech leaders said the next big step for their sector is to install high-speed internet downtown.
City leaders recently passed the idea as part of its urban renewal plan.
Organizers are hosting an after party happening at Level Up Arcade at 12th and Oak streets.
You can still register at the event for $5.