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August 26, 2016
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SVTC Bits & Grits (9/20)
SVTC Fall Tech Mixer (9/29)
Unmanned systems on the rise | A recap of UAV conference held at JMU last week
Member News: Cottonwood Commercial Brokers $5.2 Million Transaction
Workshops offered by GENEDGE
FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Team Applications have been posted
MACH37 Cyber Accelerator Accepting Applications for Fall 2016 Session
You are invited to a local Slack group, Rocktown Tech
SVTC Bits & Grits
September 20, 8-9am at Mrs. Rowes, Staunton, VA

Come get together for great breakfast and to talk some tech. Dutch treat. No reservations required. 
This is where our technology users and creators get together to connect about various topics (while eating some good food!). This occurs on the 3rd Tuesday of every month.  Look for Kurt Plowman.  
SVTC Fall Tech Mixer
September 29, 2016 at Beyond Restaurant from 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Join us on September 29th for our annual Fall Tech Mixer. Hosted by the SVTC's Board of Directors, this is a premier networking event. Come out and join current members and potential members as they mingle and network.

It's our treat - appetizers are 'on us' ... the food is fabulous and coconut shrimp will definitely be on the menu again! Drinks are dutch treat.

Come and find out what we're doing as an organization and what our members are doing individually.

Let us know you're coming so that we'll have plenty of appetizers. Feel free to bring a buddy, a customer, a co-worker, or your spouse (please register each).

Unmanned systems on the rise 
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A recap of UAV conference held at JMU last week 

T he two-day Virginia RoboTics & Unmanned systems Education Summit (VIRTUES) conference was held at Lakeview Hall.

A combination of new FAA rules and Virginia legislation that is "getting regulation out of the way of innovation" makes this an ideal time to ramp up research, marketing and other efforts to attract and boost the industry.

Member News: Cottonwood Commercial Brokers $5.2 Million Transaction 
Sale of 36.5 acres near the intersection of Reservoir Street and Stone Spring Road in Harrisonburg
Cottonwood Commercial, a leader in western  Virginia's commercial real estate business, announced the successful $5.2 million  transaction from the sale of 36.5 acres near the intersection of Reservoir Street and
Stone Spring Road in Harrisonburg. The buyer of the site was Landmark Properties, a
leader in high-quality student housing. The seller of the property was Bosa II, a
company in Rockingham, VA. Landmark plans to use the location for a highly-amenitized
student living experience, including resort-style pools, game rooms,
extensive fitness facilities, study rooms, computer labs and security services. These
luxury units will target the local student housing market with finishes and locations
unrivaled by traditional student apartments and dormitories.
About Landmark Properties
Based in Athens, Georgia, Landmark Properties is a vertically integrated real estate
company focused on the development, investment, construction and management of
high-quality student housing across the country. With a keen understanding of market
trends, site selection, quality construction and smart investment strategies, Landmark
sets itself apart by focusing on developing the highest quality communities in the best
About Cottonwood Commercial
Cottonwood Commercial stands alone as the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia's largest
and most comprehensive commercial real estate resource. Cottonwood has grown to
be the market leader because they have remained exclusively focused on client centered
commercial and investment real estate services. The client's success has
always been Cottonwood's top priority, and they continue to build value for customers
by approaching their work with integrity, knowledge and insight.
For more information please visit:
Upcoming Wo rkshops & Eve nts from GENEDGE

Topics include MFG day events, cyber security, process improvements, and much more

Join us this fall for informative events and workshop opportunities previewed below to expand your business knowledge or skill set . If  there is a topic not offered that would be of interest, please email suggestions to GENEDGE for consideration.  
For more information please visit

The SVTC's FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Team Sponsorship application has been posted 
SVTC will cover HALF the start-up cost for a NEW SHENANDOAH VALLEY TEAM!

As you probably know, we care about STEM activities and projects that lead to STEM-field careers -- and for that reason we will again support three new Shen. Valley FIRST  Lego League (FLL) teams with a sponsorship that reimburses approx. half of their start-up cost. Last year, one of them fared so well at the regional, and then the state competition, that they went on to compete at the world festival in St. Louis in April. We are very proud of these guys and their coaches and mentors. 


FIRST Lego League (FLL) was created through a partnership between FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and the LEGO company, and inspires future scientists and engineers.
FLL  Introduces younger students to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. FLL teams, guided by their imaginations and adult coaches, discover exciting career possibilities and, through the process, learn to make positive contributions to society.
Elementary and middle-school students get to:
  •   Design, build, test and program robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technology
  •   Apply real-world math and science concepts
  •   Research challenges facing today's scientists
  •   Learn critical thinking, team-building and presentation skills 
  •   Participate in tournaments and celebrations
Considering starting a team?  Technical or technology experience or background  NOT REQUIRED! (And team members can come from any setting, not just school-based.)

Learn More:
MACH37 Cyber Accelerator Accepting Applications for Fall 2016 Session
Fall '16 cohort to begin on Sept. 6 

The MACH37 Cyber Accelerator has officially announced it will begin accepting applications from information security product startups and security entrepreneurs for its Fall 2016 (F16) Cohort that begins on September 6th.  

The MACH37 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.

MACH37 is looking for candidates who:
  • Are building a disruptive information security technology product
  • Are delivering foundational security capabilities that enable entirely new products & markets
  • Have the will and endurance to turn their labor into commercial success
  • Have ideally built a team of 2-4 co-founders
  • Need help with startup capital, introductions, and navigating pitfalls
  • Are seeking rapid growth through venture capital
  • Are willing to be in Virginia for the entire 90 day program and commit to the venture full-time

To apply, visit and fill-out the online application.  MACH37 will be accepting rolling submissions but participants are highly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. 

For the web version of MACH37 Press Release.
Governor's Competition for Talent Solutions
Talent Solutions Competition: Grant applications now available on the VEC Website
Virginia must shift the paradigm through which the state has delivered workforce development solutions to meet the human capital needs of the private sector.  The Governor's Competition for Talent Solutions puts primary ownership for regional workforce solutions in the hands of the private sector. For the first time in Virginia's Workforce System, private businesses that employ cutting-edge, innovative solutions to address the skills shortfall many workers bring to the workplace will now have the opportunity to receive state funds to leverage private investment in workforce development.   Businesses may choose to target grant funded workforce development activities using their choice of training methods: classroom, online, cooperative education, internships, on the job training, registered apprenticeships, any combination of these, or any other talent development strategies.

View the RFP:  HTML |  PDF 

Before you submit your proposal online, please  review the form and make sure you have all the required information available and ready.

Applications are due on or before September 30, 2016. Funding awards will be announced by October 28, 2016. Awarded funds will be available November 21, 2016 to December 31, 2018.

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