iConnect Montana is Here to Support Montana Entrepreneurs
iConnect Montana http://www.iconnectmontana.com , a Billings-based high tech company founded by three rural Montana cooperatives, is proud to announce 12 months of cloud service credits (a value worth up to $250/month) for Montana startups, non-profits, and students. These cloud credits are to be used for personalized cloud options that are flexible, scalable, secure, and provided right here in Big Sky Country.
"Montana is gaining a growing reputation as an ideal place for colocation and cloud operations as well as other high tech businesses," said Mike Sheard, CEO of iConnect. "We want to be at the forefront of supporting these innovative companies from the beginning."
This announcement is following iConnect’s participation in the third annual Innovate Montana Symposium held on August 9th. The Symposium is an event focused on supporting and educating Montana’s small businesses and entrepreneurs.
"We sincerely appreciate the support of iConnect at the Innovate Montana Symposium," expressed Ken Fichtler, Chief Business Development Officer at the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. "Their cloud service is an outstanding fit for not only many of our attendees, but any high-tech business in the state."
iConnect strives to provide services across Montana, with special consideration for rural Montana due to the founder’s ties to Scobey, Havre and Sunburst, where they are headquartered. They also provide free consulting services to their customers to assist them with technological, regulatory, and compliance needs.
"We understand the importance of ensuring Montanans are not left behind in this digital age," said Sheard. "These rural telcos are aggressively deploying wireless and fiber-based broadband services throughout rural Montana service areas, and we are pushing for connectivity across the state."
According to the Montana High Tech Business Alliance, Montana’s high tech companies are growing at rates up to nine times faster than the statewide economy as a whole. Furthermore, wages for high tech jobs are growing faster than other job in the state. The Innovate Montana Symposium highlighted workforce development during one of their panels, showcasing the network of statewide programs that provide customer focused employment and training opportunities for local businesses. As iConnect prepares for a large growth strategy in the coming years, they urge students to consider a career in technology and to take advantage of one of the excellent academic programs offered in state.
"Now is the time to prepare for the future workforce," urged Sheard. "We look forward to expanding our operation, hiring tech skilled Montanans, and investing in the Montana workforce."
About iConnect Montana:
iConnect Montana was founded in 1999 and is owned by three of Montana’s most respected and financially stable telecommunications companies: Triangle Communications, Nemont Communications, and Northern Communications. They identified a need for neutral network hubs where they and other companies could collocate their technology platforms in a common "hardened" facility equipped with specialized power, HVAC and security infrastructure, as well as fiber connectivity. The first facility became operational in Billings in 1999, and they have since built facilities in Helena and Missoula. Recently, a second Billings facility was added, which is a world class data center.
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