MISSOULA - If future growth in Missoula is tied to the success of small business, Alex Philp's two technology-based enterprises are a sign of good things to come.
Philp's "digital garage" on the Hip Strip in downtown Missoula is home to the advanced information analysis companies GCS and TerraEchos.
It's not the Taj Mahal, Philp notes, but inside the walls of these labs things are being done that aren't being done anywhere else. In 2003, Philp launched GCS?as a private sector venture based on his geospatial information technology research at the University of Montana. From there GCS grew, securing government contracts, adding employees and pioneering other technologies that led to the inception of TerraEchos.