Silicon Shire

Supporting the technology community in Eugene & Springfield, OR

What is the Shire?

The Silicon Shire is home to a vibrant and growing technology community. Located in the southern Willamette Valley, the Silicon Shire encompasses the Eugene-Springfield metropolitan area. With a “University town feel,” outdoor-oriented community, and a rich talent pool fed by two universities, the Silicon Shire is a great place to live, work and play. The Silicon Shire offers technology businesses of all kinds the supportive infrastructure to build and grow their business along with the desirable quality of life to attract and retain great talent.

And like any proper Shire, the local beer is fantastic!

Eugene

Eugene is the second largest city in the state of Oregon, and home to the University of Oregon, US Olympic Track and Field Trials, birthplace of Nike and a growing collection of technology companies. Eugene sits near the confluence of the McKenzie and Willamette Rivers, in a lush, green valley about 50 miles from the Oregon Coast and the Cascade Mountains. It’s a beautiful place to live.

Eugene’s slogan is “A Great City for the Arts and Outdoors” because of the relaxed, open culture that actively supports music and arts in addition to recreational pursuits. Runners, kayakers, cyclists, skiers, fishermen, rafters, artists, musicians, dancers, and people who love the great outdoors come here to live, work and play.

Technology companies of all kinds also come here to live and play. They come because the University of Oregon, Oregon State University, and Lane Community College provide them with a steady stream of talented professionals. They stay because their employees love the community and quality of life Eugene offers. They grow and prosper because the Eugene-Springfield area has the infrastructure to support their technology and business needs.

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Springfield

Springfield is Eugene’s sister city. Bordered by the McKenzie River, Springfield shares a beautiful, green valley with Eugene.

Springfield is known for its association with the popular TV show The Simpsons. Matt Groening, the show’s creator, confirmed this year for the Smithsonian that he named the fictional show after the city.

The Medical industry is rooted in Springfield, with Peace Health being Springfield’s largest employer. Springfield is home to two hospitals, McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center and Peace Health’s Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend - a brand new regional hospital with cutting edge technology and medical professionals.

Springfield supports a growing technology community, and because of its proximity to Eugene, offers many of the same benefits.

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