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Cadence, Inc. Acquires New Capabilities, Expands Internationally

Staunton, VA - August 1, 2014 

Precision Plastic Injection Molding, Metal Stamping and Nearshore Operations

Cadence, Inc., a leading contract manufacturer and maker of complex components and sub-assemblies for medical device and life sciences companies, today announced that it has acquired three operating business units of Plainfield Precision Holdings. The operating units are Plainfield Precision – Sturgeon Bay, WI; Plainfield Precision – Plymouth, MA; and Plainfield Precision – Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.  Plainfield Precision Holdings is a highly specialized solutions provider of assembled products that integrate stamped metal and molded plastic components. This acquisition firmly positions Cadence within the top global providers of technologies and services used in Advanced Surgical products. 


“Plainfield Precision Holding’s unique portfolio of Precision Plastic Injection Molding and Metal Stamping Capabilities provides key building blocks for our supply chain integration strategy,” said Alan Connor, CEO. “Our customers are increasingly looking to more strategic partners to fulfill their supply chain requirements. With our broad base of capabilities, including plastics and metals, Cadence is well positioned to meet these evolving contract manufacturing needs.”


“We focus on minimally invasive surgical tools and this drives continued expansion of the capabilities of our trusted platform.  Having nearshore operations located strategically in the Dominican Republic provides additional flexibility for our customers.”


"Our success is a direct result of the hard work, innovation, adaptability, and integrity of our people. I am excited to welcome our new team members from the Plainfield family and look forward to their contributions to our on-going success,” Connor added.

Link to PDF of full press release



Verizon Announces Innovative App Challenge
For High School and Middle School Students and Classrooms
Registration opens on August 4 with the submission deadline being November 11, 2014.

The Verizon Innovative App Challenge provides the opportunity for middle school and high school students, working with a faculty adviser, to apply their STEM knowledge, ingenuity, and creativity to develop an original mobile app concept that incorporates STEM and addresses a need or problem in their school or community.  No mobile device or coding experience is required to enter.  Community education groups are encouraged to apply.  This could be a great hands on project for media, technology as well as social studies, math and language arts classrooms.

The Verizon Innovative App Challenge is an exciting, creative and collaborative competition that offers $20,000 grants for winning middle schools and high schools and Samsung Galaxy Tabs for students on the winning teams. Designed to ignite students’ interest in STEM. The Challenge

a unique opportunity for students around the country to participate in a rich, project-based learning experience that fosters teamwork and encourages them to explore new ideas and consider future careers in STEM. Grants are given at the state, regional and national level as the competition progresses.  Winning teams will learn coding in-person and online from MIT experts to turn their idea into a mobile app.
 Working with a faculty adviser in teams of 5 - 7, students develop an original concept for a mobile app that incorporates STEM principles and content and addresses a real need or problem in their school or community. While designing their apps, students consider marketplace need, usefulness, audience and viability and align their app concept with one of the three Verizon Foundation focus areas of Education, Energy Management or Healthcare. 
Teams submit their design concepts online through a App Concept Overview and Summary, a three-to-five minute Video and Essay Responses.

Link to App Challenge Promotional Flyer

Link to App Challenge Information, Rules, and (Pre-)Registration


Help Assess Virginia's Workforce Needs by Particpating in this Survey

The Virginia General Assembly has directed staff of the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC) to evaluate the success of the state’s workforce development programs in equipping Virginia workers with the skills and credentials that employers need. To incorporate the perspective of the business community, JLARC researchers are conducting an online survey of Virginia employers. 

Please take the time to complete this important survey. The survey should take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

Participating in the survey is important for several reasons: 

• The effectiveness of workforce development programs cannot be assessed without the input of the business community.

• Your input could improve the quality of Virginia’s workforce.

• Your input could increase the number of Virginians that possess the skills and credentials most valuable to your company. 

• Your input could improve the quality and effectiveness of Virginia’s publicly-provided recruitment and training services, which can be economical resources for businesses.


Please participate by clicking on the link below:



Please complete this survey by Friday, July 11th, 2014.


Questions about this survey can be directed to Chris Duncombe at (804) 371-4578 or jlarcworkforcestudy@jlarc.virginia.gov. Alternatively, contact the project leader Tracey Smith at (804) 371-4567

Some important information about this survey:

• Your responses are confidential. Survey results will be presented only in aggregate form and will not be attributed to specific individuals or companies. 

• The survey is intended for private sector companies (both for-profit and not-for-profit) that have operations in Virginia and employ Virginians.

• Executive leaders and human resources staff will generally be best suited to answer the survey questions. Respondents are encouraged to seek the input of colleagues when needed. However, JLARC can only accept one response per company.

Posted 06/27/2014



CIT and VDOE Announce 2014 Winners of Apps4VA JMU Challenge
Twenty-three student teams at JMU develop educational apps using data from VLDS

May 28, 2014 (HERNDON, VA.) – The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) today announced the winners of the 2014 Apps4VA JMU software application (app) development competition. The competition is part of a joint CIT and Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) initiative to engage the public in the development of new tools to analyze and report education data.

More than 85 James Madison University students participated in the semester-long competition. Students in three Computer Science sections worked in teams to develop data-analysis and reporting tools for parents, teachers, school administrators and policy makers. The teams were given access to cell-suppressed aggregate data maintained by VDOE for use by researchers. The data sets included information on enrollment, performance on state assessments, graduation and dropout rates, career and technical education programs, and postsecondary enrollment and achievement.

Chris Mayfield, Assistant Professor, and Nancy Harris, Lecturer, in JMU’s Computer Science Department, said, “This type of application development has the potential to impact students and local communities in many positive ways. In our experience, students were motivated to develop successful, high-quality projects because the data was about them and the future of their educational system.”Winners of the Apps4VA JMU challenge will be highlighted at the 2014 Insights Conference on June 24, 2014.

Full press release



MACH37™ Seeks Security Start-ups for Fall Cohort


May 1, 2014 (HERNDON, Va.) – The MACH37™ Cyber Accelerator has officially opened the application period for its “F14” Fall Cohort, which will begin September 2, 2014 in its Herndon, Virginia headquarters.  The program consists of an intense 90-day program in which the selected startups are coached in all aspects of creating a sustainable and successful business.  Participants receive a $50,000 investment to develop and launch their ideas into the market.

Meeting the challenges of the global cybersecurity threat requires continuous innovation and the skills to bring fresh products into the mainstream.  MACH37™ looks for entrepreneurs with solutions that address the drivers of this demand for innovation, including:

  •   New mainstream demand for advanced capabilities
  •  Porous network perimeters that are making traditional solutions less relevant 
  • Opportunities created from software defined networking; and
  • Challenges of a hyper-connected world with an Internet-of-everything.

MACH37™ encourages entrepreneurs with emerging products and companies to apply for the F14 Cohort, which will be limited to 8 companies.  The program is open to startups from any geography whose founders are ready to immerse themselves in a mentorship program designed to produce the next generation of leading security product companies.  To apply, visit www.mach37.com and fill-out the online application.  Evaluation of applications will begin in June, with final selections announced in August.

MACH37™ is the only business accelerator focused exclusively on information security innovations and startups. It brings together domain experts, successful cybersecurity entrepreneurs, and investors to create a platform for innovators and their startups to rapidly develop themselves into promising companies prepared for financing.

About MACH37™

MACH37™ is the premier accelerator for information security entrepreneurs and startups.  We go beyond the traditional model of typical business accelerators by bringing our innovators focused mentorship and support from our extensive network of visionaries, practitioners, and successful entrepreneurs in security.  Our Spring and Fall sessions are designed to propel graduating companies into the marketplace, equipped with the skills to grow and compete for funding and market share. MACH37™ was launched in 2013 by the Center for Innovative Technology, in Herndon, Virginia.  To learn more, please visit www.mach37.com and follow @MACH37cyber on Twitter.

About the Center for Innovative Technology

Since 1985, CIT, a nonprofit corporation, has been Virginia’s primary driver of innovation and entrepreneurship. To learn more, please visit www.cit.org.  Follow CIT on Twitter @CITorg and add the Center for Innovative Technology on LinkedIn and Facebook.


Announcing Tech Nite 14 Keynote Speaker:

Karen Jackson, Secretary of Technology, Commonwealth of VirginiaKaren Jackson, Secretary of Technology for the Commonwealth of Virginia

Karen Jackson previously served as the Deputy Secretary of Technology for the Commonwealth of Virginia. In this capacity, she served as a senior advisor to the Governor on technology matters including modeling and simulation, telecommunications, telework, and unmanned aerial systems. In these areas, she was responsible for policy and legislative initiatives as well as developing programs to facilitate innovation, collaborations, technology development and adoption. Ms. Jackson serves as the Virginia lead for the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership with New Jersey (MAAP). Prior to her current appointment, she served as Deputy Secretary of Technology and director of the Commonwealth's Office of Telework Promotion and Broadband Assistance for the Kaine Administration.

 Ms. Jackson has been actively engaged in the federal policy initiatives including the development of the National Broadband Plan. She received a 2009 IP3 award from Public Knowledge for her work in information policy and was named to Government Technology's 2010 list of the top 25 Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers.

 Ms. Jackson serves on a number of Boards including the Virginia Telehealth Network, the Information Technology Advisory Council, the Policy Committee of the National Modeling and Simulation Coalition, and the National Center for Collaboration in Medical Modeling and Simulation. She holds a bachelor's of science in business management from Christopher Newport University and a master's of business administration from The College of William and Mary.

Posted 4/14



CIT Announces 2014 Mid-Atlantic SBIR/STTR Funding Strategies Symposium

Symposium will help Virginia entrepreneurs with SBIR/STTR application and other funding opportunities

March 18, 2014 (HERNDON, Va.) – The Center for Innovative Technology announced today the 2014 Mid-Atlantic Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Funding Strategies Symposium on April 22-23 at the CIT building in Herndon, Virginia.    

The event features introductory and advanced discussions of federal SBIR/STTR programs that provide $2.5 billion set aside for small technology firms engaged in early research and development.  Experts will discuss unique agency requirements, best practices used by successful proposals, recent and upcoming program changes, and commercialization planning to improve phase I and phase II submissions. 

Kent Murphy, co-founder and CEO of Axon Connected and serial entrepreneur, will discuss the keys to successful SBIR/STTR participation learned through receiving multiple SBIR awards.  Stephen Chen, of Blu Venture Investors, will discuss tips to secure SBIR awards and angel funding.  Key representatives of SBIR offices, prime contractors and business support services will also be attending and available to attendees.

Confirmed federal agencies include the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, ARMY, DARPA, NAVY, NIST, NASA, Department of Homeland Security, USDA and NOAA.  Other participating organizations include Northrop Grumman, BASF, Lockheed Martin, SRI International, The Boeing Company, NeoSystems, Cherry Bekaert, LLP, Miles & Stockbridge, CSC Leasing, Access National Bank, GenEdge Alliance, Prototype Productions, Inc., Virginia SBDC network, Fairfax County Economic Development, Loudoun County Economic Development, Prince William County Economic Development, SBIR Resource Center and others.    

Workshop fees are:   

  •  $95 per person for small technology firms, includes both days
  •  $60 per person for small technology firms, only one day
  •  $200 per person for all others (service providers, consultants, contractors, etc.)

To register for this event, visit http://www.cit.org/events/2014-mid-atlantic-sbirsttr-strategies-symposium/. Please direct any questions to Robert Brooke, at robert.brooke@cit.org  or (703) 689-3080.

These and other workshops are managed by the CIT Entrepreneur service line, which provides valuable funding opportunities for Virginia’s emerging technology entrepreneurs through the CIT GAP Funds and CIT Federal Funding Assistance Program.  The Federal Funding Assistance Program provides training, mentoring, funding support and other key programs to help Virginia’s SBIR/STTR community. 

About the Center for Innovative Technology, www.cit.org

Since 1985, CIT, a nonprofit corporation, has been the Commonwealth’s primary driver in developing innovation-based economic development strategies and opportunities.  CIT accelerates the next generation of technology and technology companies through commercialization, capital formation, market development and revenue generation services.  To facilitate national innovation leadership and accelerate the rate of technology adoption, CIT creates partnerships between innovative technology startup companies and advanced technology consumers.



International Women’s Hackathon 2014

April 25–27, 2014 | Worldwide on university campuses and live at the USA Science & Engineering Festival, Washington DC


International Women's Hackathon


The International Women’s Hackathon is a crowdsourcing event to empower young women leaders in computer science. By providing a fun and safe environment in which to explore computing, the hackathon encourages and supports university women around the world to become producers of future innovations in technology and help solve challenges in the world today. After much success last year and many requests to hold the event again this year, we are pleased to announce that the next event is planned for the weekend of April 25 to 27, 2014, on university campuses all over the world. We will connect via Skype from our live event at the USA Science & Engineering Festival with all worldwide sites during the hackathon.



MODSIM World 2014 Entrepreneur Competition I Competion opens March 1, 2014 I Convention will be April 15-17 in Hampton, VA
Introducing MODSIM World 2014 Entrepreneur Competition, a first of its kind platform for innovative start up ideas in Modeling and Simulation field.

  • Are you an entrepreneur using ModSim tools to solve problems in Manufacturing, Energy, Finance, Transportation, Retail, Serious Gaming, or other industry? Does your new approach create opportunities for non-experts to use ModSim tools to solve new and important problems? Would you like to help the world see how ModSim makes a difference in unexpected places?
  • Competition: The competition will begin on March 1st 2014 and will consist of two phases. The first round of the competition will be held online via MODSIM World Conference website. Public will be asked to vote on their favorite ideas. The finalists with the most votes will be invited to participate in the finals at MODSIM World Conference on April 16th, 2014 and pitch their idea live to a panel of distinguished subject matter experts for a chance to win a cash prize.
  • Social media: Every week MODSIM World Conference Facebook page will showcase a new contestant and their idea. The contestant with the most “likes” will have a guaranteed spot in the finals.
  • Who is eligible: We’re looking for individuals, small teams, and existing small businesses who believe their new product or service has the potential to grow to significant size and value! Teams may include a large business in a form of a mentor, where cash winnings will go to the individual/small business.
  • How to sponsor: We invite leaders in innovative thinking interested in sponsoring the cash prize for this event to contact Debbie Langelier at ddyson@ndia.org or 703-247-9480

PDF of press release


Congressman Goodlatte's Office announces "House App Contest"

Registration open for High School Students

February 1, 2014- April 30, 2014

"STEM education is of increasing importance in the United States. As the technology industry continues to grow, so does the demand for those skilled in these fields.  Through the House App Contest, we hope to give students the opportunity to learn about STEM fields as well as develop and highlight their technology skills."


The Congressional STEM Competition was authorized by H.Res 77 to encourage student participation in STEM fields. Initially the competition will be in the field of computer science. Participating students in the district will develop an app on a platform of their choice and submit a video of the functioning app to Challenge.GOV.   The contest opens on February 1, 2014. Students will develop their app for submission in February and March. The final submission deadline is April 30, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. The overall winner from each district will be featured on House.GOV. There will be a display in the Capitol to honor all of the district winners. 

Contest FAQs PDF I Contest RulesPDF


CIT announces second of two FY2014 solicitations for the Commonwealth Research and Commercialization Fund (CRCF)

Eligible applicants invited to apply for nearly $5M in CRCF funds

The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) announced the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF) FY2014 spring solicitation. CRCF advances science- and technology-based research, development and commercialization to drive economic growth in Virginia, strengthen collaboration and partnerships between the public and private sectors, and foster high-potential technology companies.

 This round of funding, for nearly $5 million, opens on January 9, 2014; award announcements are planned for early June 2014. The solicitation targets research and commercialization performed by Virginia public and private universities, nonprofit research institutions, and young companies. Six programs are available during this limited submission solicitation: Commercialization, Eminent Researcher Recruitment, Facilities Enhancement Loan, Matching Funds, SBIR Matching Funds, and STTR Matching Funds. Applicants must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) by Friday, January 31, 2014 to be eligible to submit an application; applications are due by Friday, February 21. 

 Pete Jobse, CIT President and CEO, said, “CRCF awards contribute to the Commonwealth’s overall plan to enhance economic development through technology research and commercialization. This solicitation continues the Fund’s mission to drive smart investment decisions that will spur innovation and create successful companies.”

 Details on the FY2014 spring solicitation, including program guidelines, sample applications, proposal and budget templates, FAQs, and webinars are available on CIT’s website at www.cit.org/initiatives/crcf/fy2014-solicitation/. Questions regarding this solicitation should be directed to crcf@cit.org.

 Awards from the CRCF further the goals and industry opportunities set forth the in the Commonwealth Research and Technology (R&T) Strategic Roadmap. Eligible technologies are identified in program-specific guidelines and include sectors such as advanced manufacturing, cyber security, data analytics, energy, life sciences and modeling and simulation.



SW logo 11/13

Startup Weekend returns to the Valley, and organizers are putting out the call for participants. “Everyone is welcome – we need folks with technical backgrounds, artists, designers, programmers and coders, as well as those with knowledge of marketing, financing, and other business-related skills. If you have an idea to pitch, or just love entrepreneurial energy, you need to be at Startup Weekend.” Shenandoah Valley Startup Weekend takes place Feb. 7 - 9, 2014 in James Madison University’s Showker Hall. Starting on Friday night, experienced or novice entrepreneurs pitch their ideas and receive feedback from their peers. After voting to select the most promising ideas, teams are formed to spend the rest of the weekend in business modeling, coding, designing, and market validation. The event concludes with Sunday night pitches to local business leaders for additional feedback. “It’s a 54-hour frenzy of entrepreneurial energy that anyone can participate in” “Startup Weekends help aspiring entrepreneurs discover if their ideas are viable and begin the steps to move ahead.” Startup Weekends began in Seattle, but the idea has spread throughout the world. The local event will be hosted by the Shenandoah Valley Innovation Coalition (SVIC), an alliance of business, government, and academic organizations. SVIC’s mission is to cultivate innovation, creativity, and economic development across the Shenandoah Valley. Registration is required and the fee covers all meals. Early-bird fees of $75 for participants are in effect until Jan 22 when the fee changes to $99. Onlookers are encouraged to attend the Sunday evening presentations (free) — but seats are limited and registration is required for everyone. For more information or to register, go to www.harrisonburg.startupweekend.org


2013-2014 Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program: Now is the time to post your paid internship opportunities.

With an increasing demand for skilled STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) workers in Virginia, the development of efficient pathways between undergraduate students pursuing STEM degrees and industry has become an urgent need. With support from the Commonwealth of Virginia, Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) in partnership with Virginia’s Regional Technology Councils, and in collaboration with Virginia companies, Virginia colleges, and community colleges, has created the Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program (CSIIP). CSIIP links undergraduate STEM students to paid summer internship positions with companies throughout Virginia.

This program offers a one-stop, centralized, online internship application system that provides Virginia's undergraduate STEM majors the ability to search and apply for STEM-related (summer/fall/spring) paid internship opportunities with participating Virginia-based companies that can search our database of prescreened student applications for specific skills, experience, educational background, interests and desired work locations to find the best possible candidates for their paid summer internships. Companies select students, make offers, and employ interns directly.

We encourage our SVTC members to utilize this resource.  It is offered free of charge to both the company and the student.

Passing on a call for nomination for the: Fifth Annual Governor’s Award for Science Innovation

The Governor’s Award for Science Innovation is designed to recognize an emerging company or organization that has made a significant impact in the areas of science, technology, engineering or mathematics. The award will celebrate diversity by recognizing a company or organization that inspires innovation and reinforces the global competitiveness of Virginia.
The award will recognize the company or organization that:

  • has proven leadership in the areas of science, technology, engineering or mathematics;
  • has demonstrated the use of innovative ideas and processes;
  • has made advancements and created awareness in the fields of science, technology, engineering or mathematics;
  • has had a positive impact and made contributions in our community;
  • and has encouraged and developed career entrants and advancement in the areas of science, technology, engineering or mathematics.

The company or organization recognized will:

  • have fewer than 250 employees
  • have focus in the areas of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics
  • Past winners include Cupron (2013), Silverchair Information Systems (2012), Health Diagnostic Laboratory (2011) and Prototype Productions Inc. (2010).

The award winner will be selected from nominations submitted by COB November 1, 2013. A selection committee consisting of representatives from the Science Museum of Virginia and the business community will choose the winner based on above criteria.

The recipient will be recognized at the Science Museum of Virginia’s 2014 General Assembly Reception on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at the Science Museum of Virginia from 6 – 8pm. // Nominations are due COB November 1, 2013. Make a nomination online Questions? Ask Megan Wood, mcwood@smv.org, Science Museum of Virginia Foundation.

Nomination Form

SVTC 2013-2014 Luncheon Topic & Speaker Suggestion Survey


The SVTC Events and Programming Committee will meet over the summer to make plans for the upcoming year and we're looking for your input on topic suggestions/luncheon speakers for their consideration.

SVTC survey: let us know what topics, speakers, locations would you like to hear about or visit in 2013-2014.

FYI - Our online calendar does not list past events (only future events) - if you wonder what speakers and luncheons we have hosted in the past, check this out:
History of SVTC luncheons and special events (pdf)

Our thanks in advance for your participation.

Ever Wonder What Happened to the former Rosetta Stone employees?


As most of us know, Rosetta Stone in Harrisonburg was hit by a tough round of layoffs earlier this year.  As a result, the region has a very talented and diverse group of creative professionals with skills that are not being utiltized to their full extent. 

A couple of weeks ago, Nicky met with some of these folks and was blow away by their combined talents and resources.  Since then, the group has collaboratively produced a website where they have gathered information about themselves and their talents ... and they are extensive: editors, educators, entrepreneurs, graphic designers, information technology experts, linguists, marketers, project managers, software developers, technical communicators, photographers, translators, web designers, web developers, and writers.

It's a great looking website -- categories, mini profiles, pictures, links to each person’s LinkedIn profile, etc.  We encourage you to check it out:



SVTC Election of the Class I Board of Directors


The SVTC election of the Class I Board of Directors (term July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2015) is underway.  Members have received their electronic ballots via Survey Monkey and have been asked to vote by May 21st.
There are 12 candidates. To learn more about the candidates and the election process please visit our SVTC Board Elections page.

We thank our members for their active participation in this process.

Tech Nite 13 Winners Announced

Techies and non-techies from around the Valley gathered at JMU's Festival Center on May 1st to celebrate Tech Nite 13.  We had a great evening with lots of networking and delicious food.  We had the privilege of honoring 26 nominees and seven winners.  Thank you to everyone who participated in this event and congratulations to all our nominees and, of course, the winners.  

Read the full narratives for each nomination (pdf)

Tech Nite 13 winners are:

Wharton Aldhizer and Weaver PLC's

Cadence, Inc.

JMU College of Integrated Science and Engineering and
JMU College of Business Center for Entrepreneurship's

Jeff Vaughan, KVK Precision Specialties

Dr. Scott Kizner, Harrisonburg City Schools

Lumos Networks
4-VA at James Madison University

Jeffrey Wile, Signal Knob Middle School

Center for Innovative Technology's
Eastern BioPlastics

JMU Institute for Infrastructure and Information Assurance's

Eastern Mennonite University


Tech Nite 13 - Award Nominees Announced


We are proud to announce we received 26 nominations for the seven awards to be presented at Tech Nite 13 on May 1st.  It has been a very exciting nomination season ... lots of technology driven ideas and much enthusiasm for technology in the Valley.

We congratulate all the nominees and invite everyone to visit our website Tech Nite Details page to see who has been nominated.

Our sincere thanks to everyone who took the time to make a nomination, we thank you for providing an exceptional group of deserving nominees.

Tech Nite 13 - Keynote Speaker Announced


We are excited to announce that Michael Stoltzfus, President and CEO, Dynamic Aviation, will be our keynote speaker at Tech Nite 13 on May 1st.Michael Stoltzfus, President and CEO, Dynamic Aviation

Michael will speak on "Dynamic Aviation: how they got started, their phenomenal growth, and looking into the future."

Dynamic Aviation is the leading provider of innovative special-mission aviation solutions designed to meet the unique requirements of government and commercial organizations worldwide. The company delivers customized aerial assets and services to support a wide range of customers including national defense, military intelligence, federal agencies, state and local governments, non-profit research organizations, and private companies. Dynamic Aviation has the flexibility and resources to deliver world-class aviation solutions that combine mission-modified aircraft, experienced flight crews and comprehensive maintenance services. The company operates a 130,000-square-foot heavy maintenance and modification center, engine shop and privately-owned airport at its headquarters in Bridgewater, Va. Dynamic Aviation employs approximately 750 aviation professionals, owns more than 150 aircraft and operates from 20 locations in 10 countries across four continents.

Hope you are planning on joining us on Tech Nite 13 .... Click here to make your reservation.


Accepting Nominations for Tech Nite 13...Nomination Deadline is March 20th


Tech Nite 13 nomination season has begun.  Nominations of self and others are EASY to make.  The deadline to make a nomination is March 20th, so don't delay. 

We are seeking nomination for the following 7 awards:  

  • High Tech Entrepreneur Award (sponsored by JMU College of Integrated Science & Engineering & JMU CoB Center for Entrepreneurship)
  • High Tech Company Award (sponsored by Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver, PLC)
  • Dr. Noftsinger High Tech Leadership Award (sponsored by LeClairRyan)
  • Innovation in Higher Education Award (sponsored by Lumos Networks)
  • Innovation in K - 12 Education Award (sponsored by Verizon)
  • Innovative Technology Application Award (sponsored by the Center for Innovative Technology)
  • Green Award (sponsored by JMU Institute for Infrastructure & Information Assurance)

Visit our Tech Nite Details Page to learn more about this year's awards - who and what are they honoring? 

Visit our Nomination Guidelines Page or click on Nomination Form to make a nomination.


Presidential Innovation Fellows Program Accepting Applications


The Presidential Innovation Fellows is a federal government sponsored program that pairs top innovators from the private sector, non-profits, and academia with top innovators in government. The program’s objective is to develop solutions that can save lives, save taxpayer money, and fuel job creation.

The first round of projects launched in August 2012 and the next round is set to launch in April 2013.  The Presidential Innovation Fellows is seeking to recruit a dynamic, diverse, and innovative second round class. The program is accepting applications to become a Round 2 Fellow until the March 17th deadline.

For more information about the Presidential Innovation Fellows program, visit their website.

Sponsorship Opportunites Available for Tech Nite 13


In 2012 over 250 guests attended the gala, and we expect that many or more this year.  It's the premier place for techies and non-techies to gather. The first Tech Nite ad will run at the end of February, so if you're considering sponsoring anything related to Tech Nite get on board now and take advantage of the publicity right from the start. There are options for every wallet.

Sponsorships include tickets to the event, your logo on our website and event materials, acknowledgement on the night of the event, in our newsletter, in the local printed media, and much more.

For details on the various sponsorships click on Tech Nite 2013 Sponsorship Opportunities (pdf) or visit our SVTC Tech Nite Details page or contact info@svtc-va.org for more information.

Harrisonburg City Public Schools First Annual STEM Day - February 23, 2013


Activities for the day include:

  • 15 HCPS teacher exhibits
  • 4 robotics demonstrations with/by the teams from various grades
  • 20 community-run exhibits
  • 2 large attractions, incl. the STEM Mobile Learning Lab. (Run by the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research. The STEM mobile lab is a trailer that visits sites and brings hands-on learning experiences to students and adults in renewable energy, pressure and fluid dynamics, and comparing CFL and incandescent light bulbs.)
  • 2 performances


STEM Mobile Learning Lab Truck

STEM Mobile Learning Lab Truck


[Harrisonburg, January 25 2013] – Harrisonburg City Public Schools announced that they would be having their first STEM Day on February 23rd from 10am-4pm at the Harrisonburg Valley Mall.  They will be inviting all Harrisonburg and Rockingham County communities to celebrate the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.   There will be many exciting demonstrations, hands on activities, and exhibits created by students and teachers of Harrisonburg City Schools for kids of all ages to enjoy.  Their largest exhibit will be an indoor planetarium, where students and their parents can learn all about our solar system! Another large exhibit will be the STEM Mobile Learning Lab, which is a trailer where students and parents can participant in hands-on learning experiences.

According to the Census Bureau,
  "STEM workers earn 26% more than their non-STEM counterparts; STEM occupations are projected to grow by 17% from 2008-2018, compared to 9.8% growth in non-STEM occupations; and, STEM degree holders enjoy higher earnings, whether they work in STEM or non-STEM occupations."

HCPS strongly believe that their STEM Academy program educates a diverse group of students by engaging them in these experiences in science, technology, engineering and mathematics that inspire and motivate them.   Their program encourages students to further develop skills in time-management, teamwork, and problem solving.  The program does all this while students prepare to become a part of the 21st century community, that uses technology confidently, effectively communicates, and embraces problem-solving skills.  This program will definitely be an asset to the student’s futures.   

For more information on Harrisonburg City Public Schools and their first annual STEM Day, please visit


Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program Deadlines Approach

.......Students are required to complete applications by January 31, 2013, and companies will begin their selection processes on February 11. Companies may register at any time but are encouraged to do so prior to February 11.

In addition to the obvious benefits of company participation in the CSIIP, which includes finding the best student candidates to fill a company's paid summer internship positions, the program also offers companies some great, free PR.  Since the program is funded by the Commonwealth, the Governor's Office and Virginia legislators are always interested in participating companies.  In addition, each participating company is provided a link on our website such that companies' profiles can be viewed by college/university students across Virginia (to see the latest list of participating companies, which is now at 70 companies and growing daily, please visit:  https://spacegrant.net/apps/csiip/participating_companies/.  
[January 8, 2012] - Deadline Drawing Near for Virginia College Students to Participate in Free Service Linking Them to Summer Industry Internships

CSIIP is a way for Virginia's undergraduate students and Virginia companies to find each other for paid science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) summer internships, but they need to act quickly. The online application process for students for summer 2013 internships closes on January 31, 2013.
The Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC), a nonprofit organization based in Hampton, Va., recently launched the Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program (CSIIP). This free, online program lets students provide one application that can be considered by many companies throughout Virginia. Companies can register to post internships and access CSIIP's extensive and highly searchable database of STEM students for summer 2013 internship placements. More than 70 Virginia companies are currently participating in CSIIP and the list is growing daily. A complete list of participating companies can be found at www.csiip.spacegrant.org. This website has additional information about the program and a links for students to apply and companies to register. CSIIP is also on Facebook® and LinkedIn®.
CSIIP is open to Virginia full-time undergraduate college students and to Virginia residents attending out-of-state colleges/universities who are majoring in a STEM-related field, and have completed at least 30 hours of classwork. Applicants must be at least a rising sophomore by summer 2013, and have a GPA of at least 2.7 on a 4.0 scale. The program is also open to seniors graduating in spring semester 2013.
Students are required to complete applications by January 31, 2013, and companies will begin their selection processes on February 11. Companies may register at any time but are encouraged to do so prior to February 11.
Online applications contain all the information companies need to make placement decisions including:  contact information, undergraduate level status, GPA, major/minor, resume, transcripts, and letters of reference. Companies interview and hire interns directly.
VSGC is working with all accredited Virginia universities, colleges, and community colleges to recruit qualified students. VSGC has partnered with all ten regional technology councils in Virginia [including the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council], the Virginia Manufacturers Association, Virginia's Society for Human Resource Management, the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, and sySTEMic Solutions. CSIIP is funded by the Virginia General Assembly and was announced by the Virginia Governor's Office last September. The ultimate goal of CSIIP is to enhance Virginia's STEM workforce and to keep STEM talent in Virginia.

Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF)
FY2013 Request for Proposals (RFP)


Are you interested in commercializing high-potential, Virginia-based research?
If so, CIT wants to hear from you!
CIT is pleased to announce the CRCF FY2013 RFP.     

In FY2013, $4.8 million was appropriated to CRCF to advance research and commercialization; drive economic growth; create and foster high-potential technology companies; and strengthen collaboration and partnerships among academia, business, and industry. Opportunities are available for the following programs: Commercialization, Facilities Enhancement Loan, Matching Funds, SBIR Matching Funds, and STTR Matching Funds. CRCF funding is available to public and private institutions of higher education, private sector businesses, research institutes, federal labs, and political subdivisions in the Commonwealth. Technology sectors eligible for CRCF funding are identified in program-specific guidelines and are drawn from the Commonwealth Research and Technology Strategic Roadmap, which establishes priorities for industry and research areas worthy of economic development and institutional focus in Virginia. Detailed eligibility requirements are also provided in program-specific guidelines.

December 17, 2012 Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline
January 18, 2013 Application Deadline
Late-April 2013  Award Announcements

To learn more, view guidelines and resources, and apply for funding, visit www.cit.org/service-lines/crcf/fy2013-solicitation/.
Questions? Contact CIT at crcf@cit.org

Virginia Startups Encouraged to Join Startup VA to Access Network and Benefits


Membership for Startup Companies is Free!  Your for-profit startup company qualifies for a free Startup America Membership if:  (a) it was founded since 2007 and has at least two founders/employees OR (b) it was founded since 2002 and has at least six founders/employees. Click here for more details and to join.

Startup Virginia, which launched January 2012,  is a statewide initiative that seeks to connect entrepreneurs around the Commonwealth, promote avenues to connect startups with larger local companies, and encourage the development and propagation of mentorship programs and activities that cut across regions and focus on entrepreneurial development. Startup Virginia works with financial market participants to identify innovative approaches to accessing capital, and works with our large and established infrastructure of supporters to provide them with insight into what entrepreneurs are looking for in their communities and support structures. For more information, visit, http://www.startupva.org/.

CIT to Release FY2013 CRCF Request for Proposals (RFP) on December 3rd


On Monday, December 3, CIT will release the FY2013 CRCF Request for Proposals (RFP).
The CRCF supports commercialization of targeted, high-potential research, including that developed at our colleges and universities, in small companies, and at our research institutes. In FY2013, $4.8 million is available to CRCF, and funding opportunities exist in five programs: Commercialization, Facilities Enhancement Loan, Matching Funds, SBIR Matching Funds, and STTR Matching Funds. As in the past, CRCF funding is drawn from technology sectors identified in the Commonwealth Research and Technology Strategic Roadmap. Specific eligibility requirements are detailed in program-specific guidelines, available online beginning December 3.

Visit http://www.cit.org/service-lines/commonwealth-research-commercialization-fund/ on December 3 for complete CRCF FY2013 information.


SVTC Lunch, December 6th: STEM Education, Workforce & Economic Development and the Link Between K-12 Education & Job Creation will have Special Guests Secretary of Education, Laura Fornash and Secretary of Commerce & Trade, Jim Cheng, plus speaker Pat Lintner, Harrisonburg City Schools


The SVTC's December 6th luncheon will combine technology, (workforce) education, and economic development. We will network with Secretary of Education, Laura Fornash and Secretary of Commerce and Trade, Jim Cheng, as well as Pat Lintner, Harrisonburg City Public Schools. Secretary Fornash and Cheng will introduce us to the ALL STUDENTS initiative.

Secretaries Fornash and Cheng will update us on the Governor’s ALL STUDENTS initiative (aimed at raising awareness about the critical role K-12 education plays in the Commonwealth) and Pat Lintner, Director of Instruction, Harrisonburg City Public Schools will be our luncheon speaker and talk about the refocused and retooled STEM efforts in this local school system (it includes an integrative STEM curriculum in the elementary schools, and STEM Academies in the middle schools and the high school — and how this can be replicable).

ALL STUDENTS initiative:  Research proves there is a direct link between K-12 education and job creation. Quality education is an important factor in the decision making process for businesses and their employees when looking to relocate or expand. These companies have made it clear that an educated workforce is paramount when selecting a location; we must be able to demonstrate Virginia has a quality education system that will serve their employees and their families.

Pat Lintner, Director of Instruction, Harrisonburg City Public Schools: Building on the strength of existing programs in mathematics, science and technology, Harrisonburg City Public Schools have refocused and retooled their STEM programming to include an integrative STEM curriculum in the elementary schools, and STEM Academies in the middle schools and the high school. In each setting, problem-based learning is an essential part of the curriculum where student learning occurs “on the job” and where STEM knowledge is used to design and engineer to solve problems.  At the SVTC’s December luncheon, Patrick Lintner, Director of Instruction for Harrisonburg City Public Schools, will describe the progression of the new STEM programs in Harrisonburg and the key forces to creating the necessary structures that were essential to getting things started and moving forward. 

When:   Thursday, December 6, 2012
              12 noon - 1:30 pm (approx.)

Where:  JMU's Festival Center, Highlands Room (downstairs)
Cost:     $15.00

Pre-registration and pre-payment are required
for this event - we will be ordering a sandwich and salad and drink for each person who registers. After registration, we will send you an invoice link via email (you can  then pay by credit card or send a check). [Cancellation of a registration with reimbursement will be possible until Dec 3rd, 9 am]

PARKING: please park in  the designated lot only - across from  the Festival, in lot D3. Check the map:


Upon arrival at the Festival's Highland Room (located downstairs): pick up your pre-printed nametag, load your lunch plate, and proceed into the room. Contrary to how we usually network at the beginning, we will get started almost immediately with lunch -- and do the Q&A and the networking AFTER the presentation.

Governor McDonnell Announces CIT Gap 50 Entrepreneur Awards Net 282 Finalists


800 nominations submitted as part of Governor McDonnell's "Year of the Entrepreneur" to celebrate entrepreneurship and Virginia's leading entrepreneurs

[To check out the finalists from our region visit: http://www.cit.org/gap50finalists/]

RICHMOND - Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell announced today that 272 finalists were selected out of the 800 entrepreneurs nominated for the CIT GAP 50 Entrepreneur Awards, a new statewide award program designed to identify and celebrate Virginia's next generation of innovative entrepreneurs who are creating high-growth companies.
The awards program is part of Governor McDonnell's "Year of the Entrepreneur" announced earlier this year to highlight the role of entrepreneurs in creating opportunity for other Virginians. Year of the Entrepreneur is focused on telling the Virginia story and explaining why Virginia is the best place to start and grow a business.
McDonnell said, "Research proves the success of our economy is linked to the success of small business, we need to recognize the work of innovative entrepreneurs and help them grow. That is why I announced the 'Year of the Entrepreneur' and why I am impressed with the level of entrepreneurship happening all across the Commonwealth, as evidenced by this long and strong list of finalists for the CIT GAP 50 Entrepreneur Awards. I commend CIT leaders for their work to assist entrepreneurs and this award program to celebrate their efforts."
Jim Duffey, Virginia Secretary of Technology, said, "Virginia's innovation ecosystem is alive and well. Virginia offers entrepreneurs a strong business climate, a supply of educated workers and the ability to take advantage of our strategic east coast location."   Duffey continued, "I take seriously our responsibility to better enhance and support a culture of entrepreneurship in the Commonwealth. We are privileged to celebrate and recognize the risk-takers and job creators at the heart of our free enterprise system."
Pete Jobse, CIT President and CEO, said, "At CIT, we are focused on helping entrepreneurs create new high-growth companies and jobs. Our approach to public-private partnerships continues to deliver high private investment with limited public funding support. As we help them grow, so too must we raise the profile of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurs and highlight their importance to the economic health of Virginia. That is why it's an honor for the CIT GAP 50 Entrepreneur Awards to be part of the Governor's 'Year of the Entrepreneur.'"
David Lucien, CIT Chairman, said "The importance of entrepreneurs and startups in growing economies is being increasingly recognized by policy makers throughout the U.S. and internationally."  Lucien cited Kauffman Foundation data used to draft federal legislation that stated, "Achieving a strong, sustained U.S. recovery will require more high-growth companies, a continuing stream of new ideas capable of being commercialized, fewer roadblocks to launch and grow startups, and low-cost capital available to finance them."
The GAP 50 finalists are now going through a peer voting process. The final 2012 GAP 50 Entrepreneur Awards recipients will be honored at a luncheon on December 13 at the Dulles Westin Hotel.  For a list of the finalists, please see: http://www.cit.org/gap50finalists.
CIT GAP Funds is the driving force behind the CIT GAP 50 Entrepreneur Awards. They provide seed-stage equity investments in Virginia's top life science, technology and energy enterprises, propelling economic development and bolstering innovation statewide. Since 2005, CIT GAP Funds has helped create over 75 companies with a public-private model that has used about $7 million in public dollars to attract over $80 million in private equity - a leverage of 17 to 1.  For more information on CIT GAP Funds, please see: www.citgapfunds.org.

FIRST LEGO League Regional Competition is this Saturday, November 3, 2012 (9:00am-3:00pm at JMU)


Come out and see what all the fuss is about!  Eleven enthusiastic teams will be competing, which means a big happy crowd of 9 - 14 year olds (with coaches and parents in tow) filling JMU's ISAT halls with excitement and chatter...complete with funky hats and blinking gear and noise makers.

Volunteers are always needed, so if you have half a day to give on November 3rd or on December 8th or 9th (for the State competition) please send us a note (info@svtc-va.org) -Previous experience is NOT needed.

For more information on the competition visit SVTC's FIRST Lego League Page.

Reminder to register & post internship opportunities for the Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program (CSIIP)


The Shenandoah Valley Technology Council is a partner in the Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program (CSIIP) -  a service provided by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium and funded by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

We hope you will seriously consider taking advantage of this outstanding opportunity and participate such that the Shenandoah Valley and the SVTC are well represented as a program partner.

The CSIIP will be opened to students for application beginning November 1, 2012 .... so now is the time to register and post your internship opportunities.

Using a centralized web-based system, this free program connects companies and their available internships with students by offering:

  • companies the opportunity to enter company and internship information for summer 2013, and
  • students from all accredited Virginia universities, colleges and community colleges the opportunity to submit their application packages  

Participating companies are given access to a searchable applicant pool that they can use in making selections for direct hire.  There is no charge for companies or students.  Students will be able to start submitting applications on November 1st, and companies should get started listing internships in September and October.

Visit our CSIIP webpage to learn more

Special Members-only Event ... Tour of CEMSI & BRCC

Membership has its privileges … on October 10th SVTC members will have the opportunity to tour ComSonics Electronic Manufacturing Services Incorporated (CEMSI) followed by a tour and lunch at the new Advanced Technology Center at Blue Ridge Community College.

Click Here for Full Details and to Register

CIT GAP 50 Entrepreneur Awards: Call for Nominations to Recognize Most Ground Breaking Entrepreneurs ... There's still time to submit your nominations.  Don't miss the deadline of September 20,2012

Virginia is known for its robust entrepreneurial community that heralds innovation and ingenuity from all corners of the state.  CIT GAP Funds will honor 50 entrepreneurs - recognized by peer entrepreneurs - as most likely to build Virginia's next generation life science, technology, and energy companies.

They are seeking nominations from all corners of the Commonwealth, CIT wants to honor innovative business entrepreneurs creating high-growth companies.

Nominating criteria includes:

  • Individuals who are most likely to found a high-growth tech, life science or energy venture in the next 5 years
  • Individuals both with or without current involvement in a start-up
  • Individuals with strong ties to Virginia (but not required to be Virginia residents)
  • Individuals must exhibit substantive involvement in Virginia's technology or entrepreneurial ecosystem
  • In order to qualify for final voting individuals must be nominated by 3 people
  • CIT Board members and employees are not eligible

CIT GAP Funds is the driving force behind the entrepreneur awards. They provide seed-stage equity investments in Virginia's top life science, technology and energy enterprises, propelling economic development and bolstering innovation statewide. Please see www.citgapfunds.org for more information. 

Nominations for the GAP 50 Entrepreneur Awards can be submitted through the website www.GAP50.com.

Final GAP 50 Entrepreneur Awards recipients will be determined through a peer voting process. CIT will send an electronic ballot to nominees to vote. The final 2012 GAP 50 Entrepreneur Awards recipients will be honored at an award banquet in McLean, Va. on October 18th.


Governor McDonnell to Speak at COVITS 2012

Lt. Governor Bolling to Host Governor’s Technology Awards

COVITS 2012 is shaping up to be one of the best ever.  Nationally recognized humorist and speaker Tim Gard kicks off the two-day event with a motivational talk about finding humor and inspiration in your work.   Former NASA Johnson Space Center Director General “Beak” Howell discusses the leadership lessons he learned during the Columbia shuttle disaster, and Lt. Governor Bolling hosts the annual Governor’s Technology Awards. Governor McDonnell closes the conference with a special message for attendees.  In between, there will be educational sessions on mobility, cloud, big data, health IT, social media, open government and more.


COVITS (the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Innovative Technology Symposium) annually brings together a community of senior-level executives and technology decision makers from state and local government, business, and education to identify, discuss and propose solutions to Virginia’s critical technology issues.

COVITS is a forum to discuss technology requirements, share valuable lessons from actual case studies, and glimpse the future of government interaction with its customers.

COVITS focuses on the next waves of innovation. COVITS 2012 will continue the tradition of providing outstanding speakers and offering invaluable networking opportunities for sponsors and attendees.

COVITS 2012 will take place in Richmond on Sept. 6-7 at the Hilton Richmond Hotel.  For more information on the agenda and to register, go to www.covits.org.


CIT Announces Next Phase of Apps4VA Competitions


First public competition to create applications to improve education begins today.

August 15, 2012 (Herndon, Va.) – Coming off a successful Startup Weekend event earlier this summer, the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) announced today the next phase of the Apps4VA Competition to continue to engage entrepreneurs, the general public and students to develop innovative applications for K-12 data.

Apps4VA is a partnership between CIT, Virginia’s Department of Education (VDOE) and U.S. Department of Education to use open competitions to find creative ways to use K-12 data in Virginia's Longitudinal Data System (VLDS).  The first phase was the NOVAEDU Startup Weekend in June where educators, developers and entrepreneurs gathered
for 54 hours to develop applications for the VLDS data. Team Pigeon won Best Overall Idea and Team Edunomics won Best Use of the K-12 data.

VDOE Director of Education Information Management Bethann Canada said, “The NOVA EDU Startup Weekend was awesome, and we look forward to more great and innovative ideas in the next phase of our Apps4VA Competition.”

The next phase will be two open competitions where the general public and high school students can submit applications using the VLDS data and compete for more than $25,000 in prizes. Participants in the Apps4VA Open Competition can compete as individuals or in teams and must create an application using at least one of the VLDS datasets. Mashups of combining one of the required datasets with any publicly available data also may be submitted. The general public, teachers and students are invited to participate. The submission period opens today, August 15, 2012 and closes November 15, 2012.

The Apps4VA High School Competition will challenge Virginia high school students either to create a presentation of a theoretical application, or submit an actual working software application that would use at least one of the VLDS datasets. Mashups combining one of the required datasets with any publicly available data also may be submitted. Participants may compete as individuals or as teams, and winners will earn cash prizes for themselves and for their schools. The submission period opens September 14, 2012 and closes November 15, 2012.

For more details on the program, submitting an entry or for access to the data, please visit www.apps4va.org.


Just Announced.......Startup Weekend, Charlottesville
October 26 & 27 2012


Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?
The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?
Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 400 past events in 100 countries around the world in 2011.
The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.
All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it's a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.
Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!
For more information and to register visit www.charlottesville.startupweekend.org.

TECH NITE 12 ... Winners Announced!


On May 2, 2012 nearly 250 attendees gathered to recognize and highlight the successes of technology firms, organizations and programs in the region and the entrepreneurs and innovators behind those successes.

The suspense was finally over and the winners of the Tech Nite 12 awards were announced.  Our thanks to all those who took the time to submit such exceptional nominations this year; our congratulations go to all the nominees.  Visit our Tech Nite Details page to find out who the award winners were.

Nomination Season for Tech Nite 12 has now concluded.


Thanks to everyone for submitting such great nominations.  Check out the list of awards on our Tech Nite Details page to see who was nominated.  We are looking forward to announcing winners and presenting the awards on May 2nd.


Accepting Nominations for Tech Nite 12 -  DEADLINE TO SUBMIT YOUR NOMINATION(S) IS MARCH 23, 2012


We are excited to announce that Tech Nite 12 nomination season has begun.  Nominations of self and others are EASY to make.  The deadline to make a nomination is March 23rd, so don't delay. 

We are seeking nomination for the following 7 awards:  

  • High Tech Entrepreneur Award (sponsored by JMU College of Business & JMU College of Integrated Science & Technology)
  • High Tech Company Award (sponsored by Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver, PLC)
  • Dr. Noftsinger High Tech Leadership Award (sponsored by LeClairRyan)
  • Innovation in Higher Education Award (sponsored by Lumos Networks)
  • Innovation in K - 12 Education Award (sponsored by Verizon)
  • Innovative Technology Application Award (sponsored by the Center for Innovative Technology)
  • Green Award (sponsored by JMU Institute for Infrastructure & Information Assurance)

Visit our Tech Nite Details Page to learn more about this year's awards - who and what are they honoring? 

Visit our Nomination Guidelines Page or click on Nomination Form to make a nomination.


Gathering STEM Article from Daily News-Record


Sharing an article about the new STEM program at Harrisonburg City Public Schools -- HCPS is a new member of the tech council. Two links for more information and how students can apply, are at the end.

Reprinted with permission, Daily News-Record, 2/9/2012, article by Emily Sharrer: 574-6286 or esharrer@dnronline.com.

HARRISONBURG - Aspiring engineers in Harrisonburg City Schools now have a curriculum plan tailored to their interests.

The Harrisonburg City School Board approved two new academies for science, technology, engineering and math, referred to as STEM, during its regular meeting Tuesday.

Housed at Harrisonburg High School and Skyline Middle School, the half-day academies will provide selected students with a tailored course load that emphasizes problem-solving and applying classroom concepts to real life.

The goal of the "schools within schools," according to school administrators, is to prepare  students for careers in STEM fields.

"We've had strong programs in the past [in math and science]," said Patrick Lintner, executive director of instruction for Harrisonburg City Schools. "I think this is really going to be an attraction for kids on the engineering track."

Harrisonburg Superintendent Scott Kizner said the HHS STEM Academy and STEM Explorations Academy at Skyline sprouted from a conversation 18 months ago about strengthening math and science standards in the schools.

"STEM and integrated learning where children see relevance and real-life applications to what they are learning is critical for academic success," Kizner said.

Lintner said $35,000 has been budgeted for technology for the two schools.


The division will apply next year for the two schools to become official Governor's STEM Academies. To receive approval, the schools must partner with local businesses and colleges.

An advisory committee of college faculty, Harrisonburg alumni and business leaders will be formed between March and June.

According to the Virginia Department of Education website, nine academies have been established in Virginia that prepare students for jobs in such areas as forestry management, electrical and mechanical engineering, automotive and digital media.

The governor-approved academies are part of Gov. Bob McDonnell's statewide push to turn out more college graduates in STEM fields.

The new academies will use middle and high school teachers and combine courses already offered.

In Harrisonburg, seventh- and eighth-grade students during the 2012-13 school year will begin coursework for the STEM Explorations Academy at Skyline Middle School.

Twenty seventh-graders and 20 eighth-graders - 10 from each grade at each middle school - will be admitted. Students must apply to be part of the academy.

Any Thomas Harrison Middle School students admitted will transfer to Skyline, Lintner said.

The HHS academy will start next year with ninth-grade students, who will take algebra 2, honors physics, introduction to engineering and English as part of the academy. Members of the Harrisonburg High School class of 2016 are the first ones who will fully graduate from the four-year academy.

"[Admission] is going to be a lot about interest and motivation," Lintner said.

The academies will begin in certain grades with a fixed number of students, but will be expanded in the coming years based on need and interest, he said.

Info Session

A parent and community information session about the Harrisonburg High School STEM Academy is planned for 7 p.m. Feb. 29 at HHS. A session will also be held about STEM Explorations Academy at Skyline Middle School at 7 p.m. March 1.


More info:



Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund --Winter 2012 Request for Proposals


Are you interested in receiving Commonwealth funding to support your Virginia-based research and commercialization? If so, the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) wants to hear from you!

CIT is now accepting proposals for the Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF) Winter 2012 Solicitation! 

This is the second of two FY2012 CRCF solicitations; $2.2 million is available for award. Of this, $1 million is designated for the SBIR Matching Funds Program based on the FY2012 appropriation; the Commercialization, Eminent Researcher Recruitment, Facilities Enhancement Loan, and Matching Funds Programs will draw from $1.2 million. If program-specific funds are unspent at fiscal year-end, it is anticipated that monies will be reallocated to other programs.

Technology sectors eligible for CRCF funding are identified in the Commonwealth Research and Technology Strategic Roadmap, which establishes priorities for industry and research areas worthy of economic development and institutional focus. 

Visit www.cit.org/programs/cit-rd/crcf/2012solicitation to learn more and apply. Applicants must first submit a Letter of Intent (LOI); LOIs will be accepted from February 3 through February 17, 2012. Proposals will be accepted through March 8, 2012, with award announcements planned for mid-June 2012.

For more information on CRCF, including webinar information and the December 2011 press release announcing award recipients, please visit www.cit.org/programs/cit/-rd/crcf.

If you know others who may be interested in Commonwealth support for research and commercialization, please forward this announcement to them. Questions? Contact us at crcf@cit.org.


Tech Nite 12:  May 2, 2012, 5:30pm, JMU's Festival Conference & Student Center


Mark your calendar for this year's gala event - Tech Nite is the biggest event the council hosts during the year, and you won't want to miss it.  This is when we take the time to recognize and highlight the successes of technology firms, organizations and programs in the region and the entrepreneurs and innovators behind those successes. Prestigious awards in 7 categories will be presented.

Sponsorships are Available:  Tech Nite is our premier event of the year and draws all the techies from the Valley as attendees. In 2011 we had over 250 guests attend the banquet.  If you're interested in getting your name in front of that crowd - contact us. This pdf gives an overview of the types of sponsorships available. There are levels to suit all wallet sizes!!  (Previous sponsors have "first dibs" on their prior sponsorship.) 
Bookmark our Tech Nite website page to learn more, and stayed tuned as this will be continually updated over the next few months.


SVTC Board Extends Warm Welcome to Robert J. Stolle


On December 7, 2011 the SVTC Board met and, with regret, accepted the resignation of Hap Connors from the Center for Innovative Technology.  Hap was a member of the Board of Directors for three years and will be sorely missed.  A sincere thank you goes to Hap for all his hard work and support of the SVTC.

At the same meeting, the Board voted to fill a vacant seat on the Board of Directors with Robert J. Stolle, also from the Center for Innovative Technology.  We feel fortunate to have Bob on the Board and look forward to working with him .... please make sure you say hello when you see him at our next networking event.


FIRST Lego League's Virginia State Competition is in Harrisonburg This Weekend: December 3rd & 4th


The Virginia State Competition for FLL robotics kicks off Saturday morning. 96 teams of excited 9 to 14-year-olds are inbound today and ready to roll for the weekend.  There will be approximately 3,000 folks associated with the competition.  The goal of the competition is to get students excited about science and technology ... and they sure do get excited ... it's a wonderful, upbeat event.

The public is welcome to attend, it's FREE, bring the kids.  Come to JMU's Memorial Hall on Saturday or Harrisonburg High School on Sunday, 9am-3pm.

Here's a link to an article from the Washington Post highlighting just one of the enthusiastic teams (The Brainy Bunch), that will be competing at the weekend

See you there!

Remembering Dr. John Noftsinger


Dr. John Noftsinger was one of founders of the SVTC, its first president, and served on the board of directors for many yearsAs many of you already know, one of our own, Dr. John Noftsinger, passed away late Thursday evening last week (November 10th)- and we're still quite rattled with the news. He was the Vice Provost for Research and Public Service at James Madison University but of course also wore several other hats, so to speak. Dr. Noftsinger was a well-regarded member of the university, technology, and business communities, here in the Valley as well as across the Commonwealth.  He will be missed on so many levels and in so many parts around the state.
Rather than re-post all his accomplishments here -and they are numerous, far-reaching and have enduring impact- we thought we'd share some vignettes from the folks who were there with him when he council was founded. As you know, we regard him as our founding father. He remained keenly interested in the SVTC, and our members and projects and meetings, even after he departed the board of directors and he continued to attend whenever he could throughout the years.
A succinct article on his impact on technology in the region was written by Jorge Valencia in the Roanoke Times last Saturday: JMU Official made region a technology hub
Please note that we are planning on gathering techies and non-techies from near and far on Dec. 1, 2011 at the Montpelier Room (East Campus Dining Hall, JMU) 5 pm to honor and remember John. For more information and to register for this gathering click here
Below are some vignettes from three that were there with him when the idea of a technology council in the Valley was born.
Willy Pirtle, Vice President of Sales and Marketing,
Wireless and Wireline, Shentel:

I remember the very first time I met John. It was the summer of 1996 and I was driving up and down Interstate 81 looking for a place to put wireless cell site antennas to provide coverage in and around JMU.  While I was driving I noticed the new tower in front of the brand new building for the College of Integrated Science and Technology (CISAT) building I made a few phone calls and I was told that I should talk to John Noftsinger. So I made an appointment and I went to see John. In 1996 my request was rather unusual - I told John that I wanted to hide wireless cell site antenna inside the tower to provide wireless voice and data coverage for JMU and the surrounding area. I was sure that he would look at me funny and say - "you're crazy, and get out of my office!", but no, he thought about it a minute and said - "what a perfect use for that tower, particularly since it's part of the College of Integrated Science and Technology - to combine the building's physical infrastructure with wireless technology is a great idea!!"  John got it, just like all the other things that he got, and understood and supported long before anyone else.
The second time I talked to John was only a couple of days later when he called to talk about my idea, and to tell me about a problem he needed help with.  He had been involved in the tech community for a while in Richmond and DC, and they had put together a map of the state of Virginia to depict the technology councils that had been created and what areas they represented.  After the map was finished and distributed John noticed what came to be called "the hole in the donut" - the area on the map that was not represented by a tech council and it happened to be in and around JMU and the Shenandoah Valley region - well John knew just what to do, and he ask me to partner with him to bring a tech council to the Shenandoah Valley, and as they say - the rest is history ...

 * * * * *

Ron Perry, grepInnovation:
In 1997 I was honored to help author the Commonwealth's Blueprint for Technology.  This effort was hosted by Virginia's CIT in Herndon, where each meeting included charts and slides with amoeba-shaped blobs that highlighted technology in northern Virginia, Richmond and Hampton Roads, but almost nothing west of US 29.  We didn't even warrant a blob.

As I badgered CIT about my frustration with being blob-less, they pointed out the Valley needed a voice, maybe a technology council.  Researching what a technology council was and how to start one, I discovered that not only were startup grants available from the Commonwealth and CIT, but JMU had a brilliant entrepreneur, Dr. John Noftsinger, who was already way out in front of starting a council.  'Way Out in Front' is where you could usually find John, which hard enough in one realm, but he was WOiF in many more arenas than just technology.

Today the Valley and Southwest Virginia get blobs on many important charts across the nation thanks to John, a unique blend of friendship, vision, leadership, energy and the mischief of Calvin and Hobbes.  John was, and will continue to be, the Valley's Technology Voice.

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Liz Knight, Director, Community Development & Partnerships, James Madison University:
John told many of us the story of the beginning of the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council.  As John attended meetings throughout the state he met with government and industry leaders and had an opportunity to learn what was happening across the Commonwealth.

He was attending a meeting in Richmond and saw a map of the state that showed locations of technology councils.  He noticed that there was a big hole in the Shenandoah Valley and realized the potential for the Valley to be a major contributor to technology in the state. He immediately began asking Valley leaders to meet and discuss the need for a technology council in the Valley.  Everyone agreed that there was an opportunity and a need for a coordinated effort to bring recognition to the technology in the greater Shenandoah Valley region.  The group, under John's leadership, began to formally develop the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council.  One of the first events was a very successful "technology fair" which was held in Harrisonburg and attracted technology companies from the Valley and beyond.  Another of John's visions was realized as the Tech Council flourished and became a viable tool to promote the technology of the Valley.


FIRST Lego League Regional Competition...this Saturday, November 5, 2011 (9:30am-4:00pm at JMU's College of Integrated Science & Technology)


The FLL regional competition is quickly approaching. 
Mark your calendars for November 5th and come out and see what all the fuss is about!  Twenty-one enthusiastic teams from the Valley will be competing, which means a BIG happy crowd of 9 - 14 year olds (with coaches and parents in tow) filling JMU's ISAT halls with excitement and chatter...complete with funky hats and blinking gear and noise makers.


The SVTC will be helping during the day, registering the teams first thing, and scorekeeping throughout the day.  A special thank you goes to our board member, Heather Watson -of JMU's School of Engineering- who will help keep a keen eye on the correctness of the scores. Thank you Heather!

Good luck to the BrickBusters and the Stone Spring Eagle Eyes -- both are teams sponsored by the SVTC...Go BrickBusters...Go Stone Spring Eagle Eyes!!!!


Volunteers are always needed, so if you have half a day to give on Nov. 5th or on Dec. 3rd or 4th (for the State competition) please send us a note (info@svtc-va,org) -Previous experience is NOT needed. 


For more information on the competition visit SVTC's FIRST Lego League Page


Electric Car Charging Station Comes to Harrisonburg


HARRISONBURG - In October, Harrisonburg will become the first city in the Shenandoah Valley and one of only a handful of cities in the state with a public, Level II electric car charging station. Located behind Harrisonburg Electric Commission (HEC) in downtown Harrisonburg, the charging station will provide citizens with clean energy for their electric vehicles.
A ribbon-cutting event and unveiling of the charging station will be held on October 5 at 10:00 AM in the HEC parking lot and adjacent municipal parking lot. There will be electric cars to test drive, including the Nissan Leaf and the Chevy Volt, as well as demonstrations of how the charging station will operate. The public is invited and encouraged to attend to learn more about this valuable new community resource.

The electric car charging station was brought to Harrisonburg through the dedication of a number of entities, including HEC, the City of Harrisonburg, Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance (HDR), David Miller on behalf of the Downtown Dining Alliance (DDA), Virginia Main Street (VMS), Eaton Corporation, Virginia Clean Cities, and Rexel. "It is a celebration of community collaboration," says David Miller, owner of Dave's Downtown Taverna and Chair of the DDA. "After talking to all of these great partners, it became evident that there is nothing that Harrisonburg can't do if the community works together towards one common goal. All we have to do is just roll up our sleeves and get to work."

Miller and Jeff Sadler of VMS are spearheading a pilot program to bring electric car chargers to VMS communities throughout the state, with Harrisonburg leading the way as the first phase of the program. "We are excited about the addition of another creative asset in downtown Harrisonburg and are working to coordinate other Virginia Main Street communities in following Harrisonburg's lead," says Sadler, Program Manager of VMS. VMS is the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development's downtown revitalization program.

Thomas Fore of Eaton Corporation, the company that manufactured the charging station, echoed this spirit of collaboration. "This project became a reality through the effort of numerous organizations, all of which want the best for the City of Harrisonburg," says Fore, the local Eaton Senior Sales Engineer, Residential Products. "We are excited to have the opportunity to work with so many organizations that have the same mind set.  It has been said that 'Team work will make the dream work' and Eaton is continuing to work towards creating a successful model of building an infrastructure to support electrical vehicle charging stations in Harrisonburg that other Main Street Communities can duplicate." Eaton Corporation is a diversified power management company and global technology leader in electrical components and systems.

"We felt it was a natural fit to be involved with a transportation initiative that relies on electricity as its source for fuel," says Brian O'Dell, Assistant General Manager at HEC. "Considering our centralized location in downtown and proximity to the Harrisonburg Farmers Market, which was also considered as a location for the charger, it was an easy decision." According to O'Dell, while HEC will be offering free public charges during the initial introduction of the charger to the community, it will be developing a fee structure in the near future to help cover costs. HEC will be monitoring usage of the station, charging time for vehicles, and operating data to help develop this structure. 

Eddie Bumbaugh, Executive Director of HDR, is glad the organization has had the opportunity to be involved in this project. "A key aspect of Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance's commitment to downtown revitalization is promoting strategies that make downtown a cool and desirable place to live, work, shop, dine, and visit," says Bumbaugh. "As an increasing number of people purchase electric vehicles, having a convenient charging station will be a nice amenity and attraction for downtown residents, employees, consumers, and tourists. We are pleased to be the first Virginia Main Street community to offer the public an electric charging station."

For more information, please contact Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance at (540) 432-8922 or visit www.downtownharrisonburg.org.


Networking Mixer is Next Tuesday, September 20th, 5:30-7:30pm, Taste of Thai, Harrisonburg


We are expecting next Tuesday's Fall Tech Mixer to be a fabulous event.  The delicious food is ordered and the who's who of the technology world in the Valley are signed up to mix and mingle.   If you haven't registered to attend yet, it's not too late.

It's our treat - appetizers are 'on us' ... the food is fabulous and coconut shrimp will definitely be on the menu again!  Dutch treat. Feel free to bring a buddy, a customer, a co-worker, or your spouse (please register each).  See you there!

Visit this event on our online calendar for more information and to register

2011 Governor's Technology Award Nominations


Virginia governmental entities consistently use information technology (IT) as a powerful tool to improve government service delivery and efficiency. For 14 years, the prestigious Governor’s Technology Awards (GTA) program has recognized the success of such projects in the public sector. Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, Secretary of Technology Jim Duffey and Chief Information Officer Sam Nixon officially invite entries to the 2011 awards program in recognition of this important work.

Entries by Virginia public bodies should be submitted by August 23, 2011. Awards will be presented to honorees on behalf of the Governor at a special ceremony during the Commonwealth of Virginia Innovative Technology Symposium (COVITS) on Sept. 26. Nominations will be evaluated by a committee of judges including IT leaders from state agencies, localities, the legislature, courts and education. Executive summaries of winning entries will be posted online to provide inspiration and best practice examples to peers and partners.

The 2011 Governor’s Technology Awards categories are:

  • Online, Not in Line: Recognizes the innovative use of the Web to improve citizen access to and service from governmental entities of any type. This category includes strategies used to improve citizens’ electronic interaction with government; promote availability, usability and/or transparency of information and increase public awareness and adoption of available services.

  • Cross-Boundary Collaboration on IT Service Delivery Initiatives: Recognizes the innovative use of IT to provide government service based on the common needs of the user or economies in service delivery through shared processes. Entries should be submitted jointly by at least two government entities. This category illustrates strategies to share data easily across boundaries; create knowledge-sharing cultures; provide IT solutions that support common business processes and promote innovative partnership programs.

  • Cross-Boundary Collaboration on Modeling and Simulation Initiatives: Recognizes outstanding modeling-simulation university collaborations to solve “real world” challenges. Submissions must represent “applied research” with public/private sector entities that will ultimately (or currently) provide solutions to existing challenges or opportunities. Preference will be given to cross-discipline projects and those involving multiple university partners.

  • IT as Efficiency Driver: Recognizes the innovative use of IT to promote efficiency in government. From mobile workforce tools to distance conferencing and education, intranet applications to public services, this category seeks the most innovative strategies to do more with less. Results realized may include a dollar return on investment, realignment of staff time, newly transparent processes/information or all three.

  • Innovative Application of Modeling and Simulation Techniques: Recognizes excellence in the use of modeling and simulation by a state agency or municipality to solve “real world” problems. The winning entry must be in use or have already been implemented and have demonstrable results. Preference will be given to those projects/applications capable of demonstrating efficiencies/cost-savings resulting from the project.

  • IT as Economic Development Driver: Recognizes the innovative use of technology to promote economic development in the area served. From broadband solutions to infrastructure development, website and/or geospatial (GIS)tools which assist with business development to electronic marketing campaigns, this category seeks the most innovative strategies which leverage IT to further economic development initiatives in the area served by the submitting government(s).

  • Innovative Use of Technology in Local Government: Recognizes the innovative use of IT to solve a business problem at the local level, where both budgets and staff are often small but the citizen or business needs are significant. Open to any local government entity, including social services and first responders as well as county, city and town governments.

  • Innovative Use of Technology in K-12 Education: Recognizes the innovative use of IT to provide improved service delivery to Virginia’s schoolchildren. Open to local school systems and also to divisions within those school systems.

  • Innovative Use of Technology in Higher Education: Recognizes the innovative use of IT to support the unique missions of Virginia’s colleges and universities. Cooperative projects between institutions and other governmental entities, including research and development programs, also fall into this category.

Deadline and Submission: All entries must be received via the online submission form by August 23, 2011. Hard copies of materials are not accepted.


Asking for Your Participation in the SVTC 2011-2012 Luncheon Topic & Speaker Suggestion Survey

The SVTC Events and Programming Committee will meet in a few weeks - summertime is our time to plan for  the upcoming year. We're brainstorming what topics and speakers would be enjoyed by our luncheon crowd. Please take a minute and give us a quick idea on our super short form. Your input is important to this process - the tech council is only as good as the sum of its parts.

Very brief and painless form:

Click Here for SVTC Luncheon Topic & Speaker Survey

Our online calendar does not list past events (only future events) - if  you wonder what speakers and luncheons we hosted in the past, check this out:
History of SVTC luncheons and special events (pdf)
Thanks in advance for your participation.

CIT Has Extended Deadline for Responses to RFI

Are you interested in receiving Commonwealth funding to support your Virginia-based research and commercialization? If so, then the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) wants to hear from you!

As you may know, during the 2011 General Assembly session, the Commonwealth of Virginia appropriated $6 million for the FY2012 Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF). In order to gauge the level of interest in and understand the need for future state funding for Virginia-based research and commercialization, as well as assist in financing science and technology facilities used to commercialize research, CIT is issuing a Request for Information (RFI). The RFI is open to any individuals or groups from Virginia public and private institutions of higher education, the private sector, federal labs, other research institutes, and political subdivisions.
To learn more and to submit your RFI, please visit www.cit.org/programs/cit-rd/crcf/RFI. Individuals and organizations may submit multiple RFIs. If you have questions or comments, please contact rd@cit.org.
Responses are needed on or before Monday, August 8, 2011.
This RFI is independent of the FY2012 CRCF call for proposals. Program areas and qualified research and technologies for that solicitation will be defined in CRCF proposal guidelines and issued in early FY2012. More information on the CRCF can be found at www.cit.org/programs/cit-rd/crcf . Questions? Please contact: Missy Bell, Program Assistant, Center for Innovative Technology, 2214 Rock Hill Road, Suite 600; Herndon, Virginia 20170; Missy.Bell@cit.org;703.689.3027.


SRI Shenandoah Valley to Expand Operations....World-class research facility to add employees and laboratories


HARRISONBURG, Va., July 19, 2011 – SRI Shenandoah Valley has authorized the build-out of the remaining space in its 40,000 square foot state-of-the-art research facility in the Rockingham Center for Research and Technology.

SRI Shenandoah Valley is part of SRI International, an independent, nonprofit research institute conducting client-sponsored research and development for government agencies, commercial businesses, foundations, and other organizations. The Harrisonburg-Rockingham Metropolitan Area location is the headquarters of SRI's Center for Advanced Drug Research (CADRE), which focuses on improving the productivity of the pharmaceutical industry, helping the nation respond to bio-threats, and developing life-saving treatments for neglected and orphan diseases.

SRI Shenandoah Valley opened in 2009 on a 25-acre campus with 15 researchers and support staff. During the past two years, the total number of employees has grown to more than 45. With the build-out of additional laboratory space, SRI Shenandoah Valley will be able to accommodate 100 scientists, researchers and other staff members.

“To add to our research capabilities, we will construct additional wet laboratories and associated infrastructure in the existing facility,” said CADRE Executive Director Krishna Kodukula, Ph.D. “The new labs are expected to be completed in the next nine months, allowing us to double our staff and research capacity.”

“Our vision for SRI in the Rockingham Center for Research and Technology is coming to fruition,” Rockingham County Chairman Michael A. Breeden said. “In coming years, we expect to build upon SRI’s success by encouraging additional life sciences companies to move into the center, bringing jobs and new opportunities to county residents.”

SRI Shenandoah Valley is one of several companies engaged in biotechnology and life sciences in the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Metro Area. It was established with support from the Commonwealth of Virginia and partnerships with James Madison University (JMU), Rockingham County, the City of Harrisonburg, the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, and the Shenandoah Valley Partnership.

“SRI’s continuing growth in the Metro Area indicates that its life-saving research is appreciated and supported,” said Joseph S. Paxton, Rockingham County administrator. “It also speaks volumes about the business-friendly climate and cooperation between academia, government and
business that helps companies and research institutes be successful here in the Shenandoah Valley.”

The Rockingham Center for Research and Technology, which is located in Rockingham County, Virginia, is a 325-acre development less than two hours from Washington, D.C., and other major Mid-Atlantic cities. Space for additional research-oriented companies in information technology, agricultural and crop science, life sciences and energy is available.

Silicon Valley-based SRI International, a nonprofit research and development organization, performs sponsored R&D for governments, businesses, and foundations. SRI brings its innovations to the marketplace through technology licensing, new products, and spin-off ventures. Commemorating its 65th anniversary in 2011, SRI is known for world-changing innovations in computing, health and pharmaceuticals, chemistry and materials, sensing, energy, education, national defense, and more.

Harrisonburg-Rockingham Online Branding Survey is Live:  Please Participate


Rockingham County Administrator Joseph S. Paxton and Harrisonburg City Manager Kurt D. Hodgen are inviting you to participate in an online survey aimed at developing a brand.  

The City and the County have been working with the community to develop an overarching brand for the area. When the brand is finalized, it will be complemented by taglines describing the benefits of living, visiting and establishing businesses in the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Metro Area.

The survey is the third step in the joint branding process. The branding initiative began with more than 65 interviews, in which local residents were asked to describe the physical attributes and intangible assets of the local community.

After the interviews were completed, a group of about 40 local residents and community leaders met in a brainstorming session to be briefed on the results of the interviews and to identify words and phrases to be considered for inclusion in the brand. The online survey widens the brainstorming effort to the entire community.

The online survey, which is available at the link below until June 8, will gauge local residents’ opinions of the Metro Area’s attributes and provide additional information for the Harrisonburg City Council and Rockingham County Board of Supervisors. Working with city and county staff and members of an advisory task group, these elected officials will take this input and prepare a brand for the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Metro Area.

To participate in the survey, go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NKCPPHZ. Please distribute this link to your family and friends and encourage them to participate. Every opinion is important.

TECH NITE 11 ... Winners Announced!


On May 3, 2011 more than 250 attendees gathered to recognize and highlight the successes of technology firms, organizations and programs in the region and the entrepreneurs and innovators behind those successes.

The suspense was finally over and the winners of the Tech Nite 11 awards were announced.  Our thanks to all those who took the time to submit such exceptional nominations this year; our congratulations go to all the nominees.  Visit our Tech Nite 11 page to find out who the award winners were.


CIT Announces $6 Million for its CIT GAP Funds


CIT, Tech Councils to host information sessions for entrepreneurs with emerging technology companies.

April 12, 2011 (HERNDON, Va.) - The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) announced today that it has received $4 million for its GAP Funds as part of Governor McDonnell's and the General Assembly's budget package, and $2 million from the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) through the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to identify and fund commercially ready, innovative green technology companies located in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Pete Jobse, CIT President and CEO, said, "With these increased investments, leaders in the Commonwealth are demonstrating their appreciation for the contributions of emerging technology companies in their efforts to create new economic development and job creation opportunities."

CIT also announced its plan to co-host with Virginia's ten regional technology councils information sessions to discuss these new funding opportunities for seed- and early-stage companies in the technology, energy, and life sciences sectors.  These venues will serve as free opportunities to meet firsthand with the investment team and to hear more details about CIT's three funds: GAP Tech, GAP BioLife, and the newly formed Commonwealth Energy Fund.

"We will use this campaign to aggressively reach out to the innovative entrepreneurs across Virginia to discuss how these new funds may help them launch their ideas and new companies," said Jobse.

The CIT GAP Funds make seed-stage equity investments in Virginia-based technology and life sciences companies with high potential for achieving rapid growth and generating significant economic return.  The sessions will provide entrepreneurs a unique opportunity to network with fellow entrepreneurs and the CIT GAP Funds investment team, who head up the most active early-stage venture fund in Virginia. 

Tom Weithman, CIT Vice President and GAP Funds Managing Director, said of the GAP Funds, "We offer entrepreneurs access to hard-to-find capital, all the while leveraging public and private investments with the potential to generate extraordinary economic returns for the Commonwealth of Virginia." Since its 2005 launch, CIT GAP Funds has placed 42 investments across the Commonwealth, deploying $4.3M of public funds to attract $61M of private investment. (For a list of portfolio companies, please visit the GAP Funds website.)

For additional information on any of the sessions, please visit: http://www.cit.org/events. To register, please click here. To be considered for GAP funding prior to the information session, please email gap@cit.org.

*** NOTE:  Harrisonburg information session will be held on April 29, 2011, at the SVTC Offices.  See our calendar event for April 29, 2011 for more information. ***


 Peter Harris, President & CEO, Cadence, Inc.

We are excited to announce that Peter Harris, President & CEO of Cadence, Inc. will be our keynote speaker at this year's awards gala.  Join us on May 3rd to hear Peter speak on driving growth through a lasting commitment to innovation.



Tech Nite 11: May 3, 2011, JMU's Conference & Festival Center

We are now taking reservations

5:30 pm Reception

7:00 pm Dinner

7:30 pm Awards presentation


Cost:  $75 per person 


Click here for more information and to make your reservations


Tech Nite 11 - Nomination Season is finished...Our thanks to everyone who submitted a nomination...we have an exceptional group of nominees this year

Help us identify the Valley's outstanding technology firms and organizations - as well as the innovators, leaders, educators and entrepreneurs behind the successes.  Nomination deadline for the council's 7 technology awards is March 29th.

We are seeking nomination for the following 7 awards:

  • High Tech Entrepreneur Award (sponsored by JMU College of Business & JMU College of Integrated Science & Technology)
  • High Tech Company Award (sponsored by Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver, PLC)
  • High Tech Leadership Award (sponsored by leClairRyan)
  • Innovation in Higher Education Award (sponsored by nTelos)
  • Innovation in K - 12 Education Award (sponsored by Verizon)
  • Innovative Technology Application Award (sponsored by the Center for Innovative Technology)
  • Green Award (sponsored by JMU Institute for Infrastructure & Information Assurance)

Nominations of self and others are easy to make. Everything you need to know is posted online at the Tech Nite Nomination Guidelines Page.


SVTC Seeking Nominations for its Class I of Directors  

SVTC members vote once a year on who will join its Board of Directors for a 2-year term.  This year our membership will vote the Class I Directors with a term running from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2013.

To get us started with this year's nomination and voting process, members are invited to submit their suggestions for who should be considered for the slate, to the Governance Committee, by contacting Ken Newbold or Kevin Walsh.

In May of this year membership will then vote to determine the Class I of Directors. The deadline for making suggestions is March 7, 2011.


Tech Nite 11 Approaches: May 3, 2011...Sponsorships Available

Mark your calendar for this year's gala event - Tech Nite is the biggest event the council hosts during the year, and you won't want to miss it.  This is when we take the time to recognize and highlight the successes of technology firms, organizations and programs in the region and the entrepreneurs and innovators behind those successes.  

Tech Nite is our premier event of the year and draws all the techies from the Valley as attendees. If you're interested in getting your name in front of that crowd - contact us info@svtc-va.org.  There are sponsorship levels to suit all wallet sizes!!  This pdf gives an overview of the types of sponsorships available.  (Note: Award sponsors of Tech Nite 2010 have priority of sponsorship of same award category for Tech Nite 2011 (until February 1, 2011).

For more information visit our Tech Nite page


Use the #svtech hashtag on Twitter to begin the Tech Summit Conversation

We're starting the Technology Summit conversation NOW!  On Twitter use the #svtech hashtag to propose a discussion topic, share news, or ask a question.  Where is the Valley economy headed? What do think are the opportunities/gaps experienced in your industry or organization? What technologies and/or innovations will be key? Do we have what it takes? --   What will you present for discussion at the Shenandoah Valley Technology Summit? --

Register here to attend the summit on November 3, 2010 (free attendance; but pay for your lunch) AND use the #svtech hashtag to get the conversation started.  These questions and more can be discussed on Twitter before, during, and after the summit.  Simply include "#svtech" in your Twitter messages any time you write about technology or innovation in the Shenandoah Valley.  By including "#svtech", it will be easy to search for all the messages related to this topic. Search #svtech to see all technology-summit-related Twitter messages - or just click here!  Not on Twitter?  Create an account  today and see what all the tweeting is about.


Shenandoah Valley Technology Summit: Fostering Our Technology-Based Innovation Economy

November 3, 2010, 9:00 am, Cally's Restaurant, Harrisonburg, VA

The council is partnering with the Fairfield Center in Harrisonburg for a creative conversation. The format is a bit different. Read more about the format and the suggested sub-topics -and go on to register- on the SV Tech Summit page


This year's Fall Tech Mixer was Wednesday, September 22, 2010 at Taste of Thai, Harrisonburg. We ran out of space in the parking lot, consumed boat loads of coconut shrimp, and made oodles of connections. Way to get our fall started!! 90 attendees from up and down the Valley.

SVTC 2010-2011 Luncheon topic & Speaker Suggestion Survey

Our Events and Programming Committee meets over the summer to set the topics and speakers for the following year. While the members of the team are bright folks - we'd like to hear what others with fingers on the pulse of things are interested in so that a very tempting schedule of luncheons and special events can be assembled.
Take a second to share your thoughts with us...Click this link for the SVTC Luncheon Topic & Speaker Survey
Got general comments about the tech council, or the new website (which we debuted last December),.... let's have them via the survey as well.

BTW: Our online calendar does not list past events (only future events). So you'll know what the past events and topics were we've started a list: history of SVTC luncheons and special events (pdf).


- SVTC's Class II Board of Directors Elected


It is with great pleasure we announce the election of the following members to the class II members of the board .  Their term will be from July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2012. 

  • Kim Blosser,  Blue Ridge Community College
  • Dr. Tom Cardman, Page County
  • Ben Cash, BlueKey, Inc.
  • Sarah Cheverton, JMU, Center for Instructional Technology
  • Allon Lefever, Lefever Associates
  • Daniel Martin, PGBH, LLP
  • Dr. Rick Mathieu, JMU,  College of Business
  • Kurt Plowman, City of Staunton
  • Mike Steadman, SusQTech
  • Robin Sullenberger,  Shenandoah Valley Partnership
  • Dr. Heather Watson, JMU, School of Engineering


- Congratulations to Tech Nite 10 Winners


Thanks to everyone who came out and supported this event and the nominees.  Looks like we had fun and the networking was excellent as always. Twenty-eight individuals, companies, organizations and programs competed for seven awards and the suspense finally came to an end Wednesday evening, March 31, 2010, when the winners were named during dinner.  

Read the nomination narratives

And the winners of Tech Nite 10 are:

Wharton Aldhizer and Weaver PLC's

JMU College of Business & JMU College of Integrated Science and Technology's
Pennie Zinn Garber, Lineage Architects
Dave Segars, Segars Engineering
Dr. Richard R. Teaff, Dabney S. Lancaster Community College
Leonard Klein, Shenandoah Valley Governor's School
Center for Innovative Technology's
Rockingham Memorial Hospital
JMU Institute for Infrastructure and Information Assurance's
Dr. Jason W. Martin, JMU College of Science & Mathematics

Tech Nite 10 speaker announced:

Kent Murphy Tech Nite 10 speaker

We are excited to announce Dr. Kent A. Murphy, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Luna Innovations Incorporated, as our keynote speaker for our 10th annual technology awards gala TECH NITE on March 31st. 

'The Excitement and Challenges of Building a Technology Business in Rural Virginia' 
  Luna has been very fortunate to have started literally in a barn and has grown every year for 19 years. We have had the help and support of many people who also want to see jobs created and sustained in Virginia, specifically in the more rural parts of Virginia. We've had the excitement of tremendous partnerships with many Fortune 500 companies and the challenges of losing a California jury verdict by one vote leading to Chapter 11  —our emergence in a short amount of time— and tons of fun in between. We will cover as much as we can and the key lessons learned along the way.

Join us on March 31st. Reservations for attendance are now being taken online at the SVTC website.

This year we've received an unprecedented number of nominations - almost 30 of them. Things are happening in  the Valley!  

- SVTC Website Refresh

After publishing a Request for Proposal in August 2009 and receiving 22 responses from across the US, we were pleased to choose BlueKey Web Studios for the redesigning of the SVTC website. Besides refreshing the look and feel of the site, we are happy to offer new features such as: visitors will be able to subscribe to our LinkedIn Group from any page, access the calendar from any page, subscribe themselves to our weekly e-newsletter, and browse through the membership database. ... LinkedIn is the spot for connecting with each other and serves as our social media "playground".  Use the link on the left to join us there today.

More News..

Read what the SVTC and its members are up to and take a look at our previously published newsletters. Use the newsletter sign-up link on the left to subscribe yourself to our free e-newsletters (sent via email on Fridays).