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July 13,  2018
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Tech on the Square (7/17)
Submit Your Ideas to Our Programming 2018-2019
The SVTC Announces New Directors to the Board
2018 Start-Up Grants Now Available for FLL Teams
Shenandoah Valley Partnership Launches New Regional Economic Development Website
Space Explorers Camp | Harrisonburg (July)
Learning Can Be Fun Courses (7/16 - 7/20)
Kids College Youth Camps | Luray (7/16 - 7/19)
8 Week Business Planning Course (next class meeting 7/18; new course starts 9/12)
Full STEAM Ahead Conference (7/19)
Valley Business Keynote | Featuring Kim Scott, Author of Radical Candor (7/26)
Battle Drone Bash for Kids (7/28)
Maker City Boot Camp: 3D Modeling with Tinkercad (8/8)
SAVE THE DATE: SVTC's Fall Tech Mixer (9/27)
SAVE THE DATE: Valley TechCon (9/28)
Welcome New SVTC Member: Jay Brown
Highlighting Renewing Level I Member: Cottonwood Commercial
Highlighting Renewing Level I Member: Funkhouser Real Estate Group
Job Opening | Software Engineer, Jenzabar in Harrisonburg
Job Opening | Director of Information Technology, Lexington City Schools
Tech on the Square | Tuesday @ Friendly Fermenter (7/17)

Time for the summer 2018 get-together to compare summer and fall plans! Who's up to what? Let's meet downtown for networking, beer, and great tech talk! This is technology agnostic! And informal. (And we're looking forward to seeing the First Tuesday regulars!)

Registration is not required but it is helpful (so that we can give a heads-up to the Friendly Fermenter).  Complete the form in the link below and we'll make you a pre-printed name badge.


Be an active SVTC member! Tell us what sort of programming, topics, or site visits would you like to participate in September 2018 through June 2019. What tech topics are on your mind? What makes a techie's heart skip a beat? Is there an organization, program, team, or business location you'd like to hear from or visit?

Crack open the survey, below, and select which topics you'd like to hear about. Or, -- add one! 

Please note that we are a not-for-profit, so we look for speakers from the Valley with minimal or no travel or other expenses.

To know what topics we covered in the past, take a look:
  Summary of ALL the luncheons we have held (2005-2018) (pdf).

Love SVTC events and programming? How about joining the Events and Programming Committee? Send Nicky an email,, to join.

To give us your input, please complete the survey at

The SVTC Announces New Directors to the Board


We're delighted to announce that we have newly appointed directors to our board as an outcome of our last election! The SVTC's Board of Directors is divided into two groups, called classes, for governance purposes. Each year, the term of one of the classes expires. To prepare, the SVTC holds an election in the spring of each year so that a new class of directors is elected and can be appointed by the board of directors before the end of the term on June 30th.

The following members were appointed by the board on June 14 based on this past spring's Class II election:
  • John Paul Ashenfelter (*)  |  Transitionpoint  |  Harrisonburg
  • Kim Blosser  |  Lord Fairfax Community College  |  Middletown
  • Karen Bowman  |  Rockingham Insurance  |  Harrisonburg
  • Sarah Cheverton  |  JMU University Programs / Online Learning  |  Harrisonburg
  • Peter Denbigh (*)  |  Skyler Innovations  |  Staunton
  • Mike Goertzen  |  Serco, Inc.  |  Harrisonburg
  • Kirsten Moore (*)  |  The Hub Coworking  |  Harrisonburg
  • Kurt Plowman  |  City of Staunton  |  Staunton
  • Dick Shimp  |  ComSonics, Inc.  |  Harrisonburg
  • Bob Stolle  |  Center for Innovative Technology  |  Herndon
  • Ed Yoder (*)  |  PBMares  |  Harrisonburg
* Director is new to the board

Welcome, and thank you for your service to the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council!


Each year, the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council sponsors three new FIRST Lego League (FLL) teams from the Shenandoah Valley. Approximately half of the start-up cost of a new team is reimbursed, up to $350.

Eligibility: Teams must be located in the footprint of the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council's area of operation and intend to participate in the FLL competition within one year of receiving the grant. This grant can be used towards any equipment required for competition in FIRST LEGO League, including one or more LEGO robotics kits, a competition practice table, and an FLL field setup kit.

If you are interested in applying for the FLL Start-Up Grant, please complete the following form, and follow the steps as indicated on the form:

About FLL
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. it is an international competition that challenges young participants to think like scientists and engineers. Every year FLL introduces kids to a real-world scientific topic, and teams are challenged to find a solution. They also build a robot and compete in a friendly, FIRST-style robotics event specially designed for their age group.

For more information, visit our  FLL information page or the  VA/DC FIRST LEGO League website.

The Shenandoah Valley Partnership (SVP), the region's premier economic development marketing organization, proudly announces as its new domain name to accompany a fresh, redesigned website. The website and new URL were unveiled today at the SVP's Annual Meeting at Hotel Madison & Shenandoah Valley Conference Center in Harrisonburg, Virginia. This new domain name embraces the iconic and recognizable "Shenandoah Valley" as the preferred location for new and expanding business facilities. The new domain name will be used not only for SVP's new website, but also staff email addresses, marketing collateral, branding, and enhanced social media campaigns.
"Telling the economic development story of the Shenandoah Valley and conveying the work of the SVP is critical on many platforms to reach broad audiences in a competitive global economy. Having a clean, cohesive, easy-to-navigate website allows us to guide business prospects, economic development project partners, SVP investors, and community leaders through our online business story. 'The Shenandoah Valley' is unique and recognizable around the world, often for its history and beauty. We're excited to now harness this brand online to go one step further to explain why this idyllic location is perfectly suited for your business, our workforce, and this experience to combine for mutual economic benefit," said SVP's Executive Director, Carrie Chenery, of the new website.

According to a survey of site selection consultants produced by Area Development Magazine, 90 percent of consultants use the internet as their primary source for site and facility planning information. The SVP's new website emphasizes the Shenandoah Valley's business case by providing a comprehensive market overview and resources that connect targeted industries with available properties, labor market information, industry data, as well as information pertaining to other public and private investors and partners who support the organization's mission.  

Courtland Robinson, SVP's Director of Business Development said, "The construction of SVP's new online presence brings us closer to our target audience of corporate decision makers while ensuring that we have an intelligent, multifaceted digital lead generation system in place to assist in catalyzing investment into the Shenandoah Valley."

The website's intuitive navigation, downloadable resources, and quick resource links are accompanied by impactful photos of the Shenandoah Valley that promote both its natural scenic beauty and its positive focus on economic, community and workforce development. The site will serve as a valuable global marketing tool to highlight the many benefits of doing business in the Shenandoah Valley.

Click below to watch the video and view highlights of their new website:

Shenandoah Valley Partnership Launches New Website

Shenandoah Valley Partnership Launches
New Website

About the Shenandoah Valley Partnership
The Shenandoah Valley Partnership (SVP) is an energetic and forward-looking organization seeking to increase economic prosperity in the Shenandoah Valley by providing marketing services, site location assistance and support to new and existing businesses throughout the region. The SVP works collaboratively with the counties of Augusta, Bath, Highland, Page, Rockbridge, Rockingham and Shenandoah, and the cities of Buena Vista, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Staunton and Waynesboro, along with over 150 private sector investors. 

Space Explorers Camp (July)

James Madison University, Harrisonburg

Half Day Elementary Camp: July 16 - 20, 2018 (choose either
 9am-12pm or 1:30pm-4:30pm)

For rising 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th graders. 
The cost for the week program is $125.00. The  theme for 2018 is From Earth to Space and Back!  This half-day program is specially geared towards younger children and includes small groups for lots of individual attention.  Kids will explore our planet and its place in space. They'll have a scavenger hunt, songs, games, and even an obstacle course. Hands-on science activities will include making marshmallow constellations, making simulated craters, and building a model earthquake-ready structure.  There will be several planetarium shows, and more. Come have fun while learning about Earth and space!

July 22 - 28, 2018 (Sunday evening check-in, Saturday morning check-out)
For rising 8th, 9th and 10th graders. The p rogram cost is $800.00. The  theme for 2018 is From Earth to Space and Back!  This residential camp is designed for older campers. Since campers stay in the dorms on campus, students have more opportunities to observe the night sky and learn about features we might see when we look up in the evenings.  Campers will explore what it means to launch an Earth-observing satellite, visit JMU's Science on a Sphere Theater, and utilize the John C. Wells Planetarium, which is a $2 Million state-of-the-art hybrid facility. Highlights include a trip to the Udvar-Hazy Center of the National Air and Space Museum in Chantilly, VA.  Students will also go to the Math-Science Innovation Center in Richmond to engineer their space mission and visit the Science Museum of Virginia later that same day. There will be science activities, opportunities to go to the campus recreation center, and a movie at JMU's Grafton-Stovall Theater, as well as lots of other fun events over the course of the week.  
Kids College Youth Camps (7/16 - 7/19)

Code Breakers: July 16 - 19, 2018 (from 1pm - 4pm)
Calling all future coders, programmers, & designers! Learn the basics of coding languages like HTML, JavaScript, and CSS through a series of web projects and design challenges each day and be on your way to becoming the next tech star! Whether you want to be the next Mark Zuckerberg or the high school student who just made $1 million dollars for programming in his bedroom, this course has the essentials you need to begin your journey. Projects will be available on a Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years. Ages 8-14.

Drone Adventures: July 16 - 19, 2018 (from
 9am - 12pm)

The Drones are here! Let the battles begin. In this hands on, interactive class you will learn how to fly and drive drone robots. Working in teams you will be able to code your drone to compete in missions that will prepare you for the ultimate team challenge at the end of the week. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Ages 8-14.

8 Week Business Planning Course
(next class meeting 7/18; new course starts 9/12)
Next class meeting 7/18 | New course starts 9/12
SCCF Office, Staunton | 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm | $250 for full course

Choose what date you would like to start the class on from the following 3 dates. April 11th, June 20th, and September 12th!

Join us for 8 weeks of training, support, and inspiration! Bring your business idea and energy - the SCFF will provide the rest! Special topics include Legal Structure, Market Research and Marketing Plan, Financials and Pricing, Cash Flow, and Taxes. By the end of the course you will have a solid business plan written, plus all the resources you need to get your business started!

Register for 8-week business planning course

Full STEAM Ahead Conference (7/19)

A tad outside of our region, yet of interest to many:

Full STEAM Ahead is a  conference by  CodeVA  dedicated to empowering young women through Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics. They inspire students by connecting them with female role models in engaging hands-on workshops. Speakers will share their experience as leaders in their respective industries, highlighting the importance of STEAM and the power of interdisciplinary collaboration.

Full STEAM Ahead is a day-long event available to middle school girls, rising 6th through rising 9th graders, in the Greater Richmond Area. This year, FSA will be held Thursday, July 19th at the  Career and Technical Center @ Hull from approximately 8:30 until 5:00.   Student registration will open on the website on April 20th, where girls will have the opportunity to browse  Workshop Tracks and select their favorite. Tracks are available on a first come, first serve basis.

Valley Business Keynote | Featuring Kim Scott, Author of Radical Candor (7/26)
July 26, 2018 | 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm | $25
Forbes Center for the Performing Arts

The VBK committee is excited to announce another incredible Keynote for VBK 2018 - Kim Scott, author of Radical Candor. She will share with the audience the simple idea of radical candor, and how great managers can demonstrate personal care and direct challenge to build better relationships at work. Her Radical Candor framework will provide you the skills to create a culture of feedback, build cohesive teams, and achieve result. Dave Urso, founder of Dynamic Consulting, will open the 2018 VBK sharing his philosophy about leadership identity development at the individual level, so that you can lead with confidence.
Battle Drone Bash for Kids (7/28)
July 28, 2018 | 10 am - 12 pm
Staunton Innovation Hub | $50 per drone

Build, Fly, and Battle with us  at the Staunton Innovation Hub!

Encourage STEM skills in your child. Satisfy your curiosity. This is a very attainable drone building kit that you can build and fly in under an hour.  Then the GAMES begin!!!

This is for kids of all ages though children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult.

Only 15 spaces available.

$50 per drone
+$10 we'll have a bag lunch waiting for you.

Special Guest Andrei Dacko from Valley Career and Technical Center in Fishersville!
Sponsorships available.

Maker City Boot Camp: 3D Modeling with Tinkercad (8/8)
August 8, 2018 |6 pm - 8 pm
Explore More Discovery Museum, Harrisonburg
Members Free | Visitors $7.00 admission fee

Takes place on August 8th from 6 - 8 pm.  Learn the basics of Tinkercad, a 3D modeling program that allows you to transfer online designs into physical objects using the 3D printer. You must be 8 years of age or older to take this workshop. 

Prerequisite: Before taking any Boot Camp Series workshop, you must first complete a brief Intro to Maker City session. If you have not previously completed, Maker City will contact you with more information. 

SAVE THE DATE: SVTC's Fall Tech Mixer
September 27, 2018 | Harrisonburg
Save the date for SVTC's Fall Tech Mixer. You know we'll have yummy grub and good libations - stay tuned for details! Free to all tech users and creators from near and far - especially those attending ValleyTechCon the next day. 

Pre-registration will open August 2018.

Welcome New SVTC Member!
Jay is a cyber-security student at Blue Ridge Community College. He found his interest in information technologythrough necessity. As a business owner in Harrisonburg, VA, he looked to network his home computers with his office computer. He started taking classes at Blue Ridge Community College, to learn the basics of computer maintenance, networking, and network security. Three semesters later, Jay was well on his way to a Cyber-Security certificate.

When Jay is not working at his salon, Brown & Co. Hair Design, he enjoys listening to cyber-security podcast and exploring his computer.

Jay became a member of the SVTC to network with people who have interest in the information technology field. He is also looking for opportunities to use the knowledge that he has gained from his classes and to learn from members who are active in information technology.

Highlighting Renewing Level I Member:
Cottonwood | Commercial stands alone as western Virginia's largest and most comprehensive commercial real estate resource. We have grown to be the market leader, because we have remained exclusively focused on client-centered commercial and investment real estate services. Our clients success has always been our top priority, and we continue to build value for our customers by approaching our work at Cottonwood with integrity, knowledge and insight. Our areas of assistance include Brokerage Services, Property Leasing & Sales, Commercial Acquisition Analysis, Disposition Advice, Property Management, Site Locator Assistance, Landlord / Tenant Representation, Triple Net Leases, 1031 Exchange Investments, Multi-Family Brokering, Shopping Center Leasing, Farm Sales & Purchase, Convenience Store Sales & Purchase, Gas Station Sales & Purchase, Warehouse Leasing & Sales, Industrial Facility Leasing & Sales, Commercial Valuation Analysis and Development Feasibility Studies. We at Cottonwood Commercial Realty welcome your interest and inquiries as you consider buying, selling, or leasing commercial property in central Virginia or along Virginia's growing I-81 corridor.

Highlighting Renewing Level I Member:
Funkhouser Real Estate Group was founded on the principles of
Honesty, Integrity and Professionalism. Weunderstand real estate is most likely the largest investment our clients will make in their lifetime. This is why our associates are equipped with the latest real estate tools and quality education to help our clients make the best decisions and guide them through a successful real estate transaction.


Job Opening: Software Engineer

Jenzabar is looking for a talented and experienced Software Engineer to join our team of passionate people in designing and developing a high quality, end user focused administrative web application for higher education. This individual should be highly proficient with HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript/jQuery and have a passion for web development as well as a keen eye for well-designed UX and UI. The Software Engineer should have solid experience with Responsive Web Design techniques to build interfaces which will adapt to the many devices in which our end users will use to access our application. Solid experience with developing .Net MVC web applications and the .Net framework is highly preferred. If you enjoy working in a team environment to develop an application that will not just let users do their work but help them do their work, then please consider joining the Jenzabar team.

Job Opening: 
Director of Information Technology 

Lexington City Schools | Lexington

The Director of Information Technology is responsible for the design, implementation, and ongoing maintenance of all server, network, and computing technology for Lexington City Schools and the City of Lexington. This position also assists with networking and server support at the Rockbridge ECC. The position reports to the Superintendent of Lexington City Schools and the City Manager. Given oversight of the city's varied technology infrastructure, the Director of Information Technology must be self - driven, organized, and possess a keen attention to detail. As primary support for faculty, staff, and students, the Director of Information Technology must also be collaborative and committed to customer service. 

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