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.

She 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.

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