Montana was recently recognized as among the states with the strongest innovation and high-tech “scenes” in the nation in a new report from the Chamber of Commerce. Montana was ranked fourth among the states best for entrepreneurship and innovation, following New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah. Texas was fifth.

The fastest growing in jobs, income and economy were Alaska, the Dakotas and Wyoming.

“The Atlantic” recognized that the top states tend to be “resource-rich and people-light” and as such most are in the Western US, including Arizona, Idaho, California and Washington which also filled out the top ten.

“The Eastern Time Zone entrants are Virginia and Maryland, the bread in the federal government sandwich, and the beneficiaries of government largesse in the form of science investment, IT consulting, and defense contracting,” wrote “The Atlantic.”


In the various categories Montana ranked 1st for Budget Gap, 2nd for Export Intensity Growth, 2nd  for Export Growth, 2nd Entrepreneurial Activity, 4th Per Capita Income Growth, 4th STEM Job Growth, 4th for Transportation Infrastructure Performance, 5th for Long-term Job Growth, 5th for Small Business Lending, 5th for Higher-ed Efficiency, 6th Business Birth Rate, 6th Business Tax Climate, 7th Academic R&D Intensity.


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