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Rep. Greg Gianforte meets with tech executives in Missoula, August 20, 2018.
Katy Spence

These are high times for Montana’s high-tech sector. According to the Montana High Tech Business Alliance, the industry is growing at almost 10 times the state’s overall economy, pays its workers nearly twice the median wage, and last year generated nearly $2 billion in revenue.

But some say the industry has a glaring problem, and point to an August roundtable in Missoula featuring high tech executives and Congressman Greg Gianforte. Ten executives participated in that meeting with Gianforte; all were white men.

Woman working at a computer. File photo.

Women make up about 40 percent of the nation’s overall high-tech workforce; including positions in marketing, accounting and human resources, according to Christina Henderson, executive director of the Montana High Tech Business. But that figure shrinks to 15 percent when it comes to high level executive and specialized technical positions.

Three Montana women talk about what it's like working in the state's high-tech sector.

The cover of a new report released by the Montana High Tech Business Alliance Monday
Montana High Tech Business Alliance

In the last several years, studies have shown that Montana is hotbed for entrepreneurs, people starting up new companies. A new study released yesterday examined what’s different about the so-called entrepreneurship ecosystem here.