This weekend marked the start of the first biannual High Tech Jobs Summit in Bozeman and close to 300 people showed up for the event.
The kickoff welcome reception took place at Jabs Hall on the Montana State University campus. Monday will feature over 40 guest speakers, including U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, who will talk about ways Montana can advance in technology.
The summit is expected to bring in some of the greatest tech leaders in the nation to discuss ways to create more tech jobs in Montana.
“These high tech jobs are so important for Montana. They pay twice the average, they are growing ten times faster then any other job in this state. And this is a way to keep Montana kids in Montana,” Daines said. “You know we educate our kids and then we export them. This is a chance to educate Montana kids and then create good high paying jobs to keep those kids right here in Montana.”
A commissioner from the Federal Communications Commission also attended the event and will be one of the keynote speakers Monday on ways Montana can stay competitive in technology.