Technical huckleberries to Missoula’s increasingly bright future in the tech industry. The latest company to announce its intention to open a location in the Garden City, and hire dozens of new employees within the next few years, is 4Cast, a spinoff of the Israeli electricity and communications network giant Eltel. The Missoula office will eventually employ up to 100 workers to help develop and sell the company’s “predictive analytics solutions, which currently target homeland security, defense, enterprise and healthcare personnel,” according to a press release from the Governor’s Office. In the same release, 4Cast’s CEO, Nissim Titan notes the decision was influenced by the “enthusiasm, responsiveness and cooperation we received from the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, the Montana World Trade Center and the Missoula Economic Partnership.”
Thoroughly washed chokecherries to the E. coli contamination that sickened dozens of people in 16 states and led to two hospitalizations in Montana. Cases of E. coli O157 were identified in Missoula, Ravalli, Lincoln and Flathead counties and linked to chopped romaine lettuce from Yuma, Arizona. The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services advised people to throw out any chopped romaine lettuce they may have purchased, and to avoid eating it in restaurants.
Mixed berries to Missoula’s ranking in a recent roundup of the best small cities in America for small businesses. Ahead of National Small Business Week, which kicks off April 29, the personal financial website WalletHub compared 1,200 smallish cities and ranked them according to “business environment,” “access to resources” and business costs. Missoula came in 29th place overall, scoring in 46th place for its number of startups per capita but in 624th place for industry variety. Meanwhile, our rivals in Bozeman did even better, earning ninth place overall. They scored fifth place for “access to resources” compared to Missoula’s 115th-place showing in that category.
Wild and wooly huckleberries to the 41st International Wildlife Film Festival, which runs through this Sunday, April 22. By the time it wraps up, the longest-running wildlife film festival in the United States will have shown more than 145 films to more than 6,000 attendees in Missoula. The festival continues to offer such annual traditions as the WildWalk parade through downtown Missoula and the WildFest in Caras Park, while also expanding its features and adding new programs each year. For more information, including a schedule and ticket information, visit wildlifefilms.org.