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Business group upbeat on Montana tech industry’s future

Missoula-based outdoor tech company onX helps users navigate backcountry roads. File photo.

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana business group is optimistic about the future of the technology industry in the state.

Christina Henderson of the Montana High Tech Business Alliance says she’s encouraged by 2018 developments at three companies with a presence in Missoula.

The Missoulian reported Sunday that Advanced Technology Group, which employs 130 in Missoula, was acquired by Cognizant Technology Solutions, an internet technology company. Henderson said the company’s Missoula workforce could grow. Founded in 2000, ATG also has delivery centers in Kansas, Missouri and Ohio.

Henderson said Missoula-based outdoor tech company onX closed on $20.3 million in venture capital funding in February. The company has an app allowing hunters and others to help mobile GPS users navigate in the backcountry.

Henderson also cited a decision by fitness tech company ClassPass to hire more than 100 workers in downtown Missoula.

Montana’s tech businesses are also hosting popular events to build community. Earlier this month, onX and Advanced Technology Group hosted a speed networking event covering diversity and inclusion, particularly focused on women in the tech industry.

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