Missoula County, AT&T agree to new lease deal on call center

AT&T, one of the largest employers in Missoula County, recently decided to re-up a lease for a DirectTV call center that will run through 2026.

Last week, the Missoula County Commissioners approved another five-year lease with the multinational company, which operates a call center in Missoula. The location employs around 1,000 people and sits in a tax increment financing district.

AT&T decided to renew the lease for a second time over the summer. 

The county owns the land the facility sits on and acts as landlord. The call center, a 72,000 square-foot building, opened in 2006 as AT&T got nearly $18 million in incentives from local and state agencies. That included a $9.2 million loan from the Montana Board of Investments to Missoula County.

The new lease stipulates that AT&T pay the county $63,267.09 per month in rent. However, all but approximately $7,000 of that will go back to the state. Additionally, there are $245,579 in TIF funds that will also go to the state as part of repayment on loans taken out and will reduce AT&T’s rent, Emily Brock, Missoula County’s director of economic and land development, told the county board of commissioners last week.

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