Is Montana the Next Big Data Hub?
Being from Montana, and having been involved in the startup scene there, I can say that these developments are definitely an improvement but it still has a long ways to go.
The main hangups for Montana are:
-Remoteness (expensive to fly into / out of)
-Lack of competitive talent (all the talent moves to bigger cities for work)
But the pluses are substantial:
-Great taxes (both current and previous governor, senators did a lot to improve tax situation for small-mid sized businesses)
-Attractive work environment: proximity to Glacier Park, Yellowstone, lots of other great places to explore
-As the article mentions, plenty of relatively cheap space to work in
If they can manage to make the travel situation more fluid and less expensive, and find ways to keep top talent from moving to San Francisco or New York, they'll do well.