A Look Inside Old Dell Building
"This place is absolutely what we call plug and ready."
You may have wondered what lies behind the walls of the old Dell building.
You might expect a big empty space, not even close.
Gary Garnand, Urban Renewal Agency Board Chair says "its fiber optic, its got all the computers at every work station."
When Dell left, it didn't pack up all and go. It left nearly everything needed for a call center operation. From computers to furniture, its in the Dell building.
"Turn on the power and this place is ready to rock and roll." Garnand says "the opportunity here with a company similar to Dell allows us to bring larger number of people to work at higher pay rate and that would then bring more money into our community and it would give us better service long run."
Plus the city says there is already a trained work base that could be hired immediately, around 250 former Dell employees. And ever since dell announced its leaving, the city has gotten calls of interested companies, and has had several on site visits.
"it is being slowed slightly by the economy but there is interest."
In the meantime the city is paying between $6,000 and $8,000 a month for basic operations, so it doesn't want to hold on to the building for too long. It is being marketed as a ready to go call center, but the city is still keeping other options open. It could easily be turned into a retail location but it wouldn't bring as many employees or as high a pay along with benefits. Even selling it out right is an option.