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Segra & Pioneer Bank Celebration Event (6/25)
Save the Date | Valley Business Summit (8/8)
Governor Northam Announces Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund Award Winners
Share Your Voice! Take the Virginia's Role in the Innovation Economy Survey
Virginia Telecommunication Initiative How-to-Apply Webinar (6/20)
BRCC's Learning Can Be Fun Summer Youth Program (June - July 2019)
Explore More Discovery Museum STEM Activities (June - August 2019)
Cybersecurity Basics for Managers (7/15)
Bots and Beverages: A Meetup for Educators (7/17)
The Startup Experience | 2 Day Workshop (7/19-7/20)
JMU's Science Explorers Camps (July 2019)
Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum Summer Camps (July - August 2019)
Welcome Back Level I Member: Harrisonburg City Public Schools
Welcome Back Level I Member: Shenandoah Valley Office Equipment
Welcome Back Level I Member: Staunton Innovation Hub
Segra & Pioneer Bank Celebration Event (6/25)

LIMITED SPACE - only 24 seats on the vans! Connect in-depth with tech users and creators while taking a short ride to Page County. (Preference given to SVTC members but non-members are welcome to register as well until space runs out.)

Celebrate fiber and a full suite of telecom services in Page County -a venture by Segra and Pioneer Bank-,  get great odds to win a drone, be treated to refreshments and BBQ ... AND  enjoy a comfy ride there and back while doing high-level networking with our board members. SPACE IS LIMITED!! 

We'll meet in Harrisonburg (Valley Mall, 4: 30 pm), board two vans, and depart for Stanley, VA at 4:45 pm, returning at 8:15 pm. Raffles will be held for various prizes - the grand-prize is a drone. Each SVTC-registered guest will receive 3 raffle entries instead of one. (This event *is* open to non-SVTC members.)

Transportation Schedule:
  • 4:30 pm - Meet at Harrisonburg Valley Mall; 4:45 pm - Depart Harrisonburg Valley Mall
  • 5:30 pm - Arrive at Stanley Fire Department; 7:30 pm - Leave Stanley Fire Department
  • 8:15 pm - Arrive back at Harrisonburg Valley Mall
Speakers and VIPs: 
  • Mark Reed, Pioneer Bank CEO; Loretta Lancaster, Pioneer Bank CIO; Bart May, Segra Sales Engineer; Jim Nester, Segra VP Marketing; Chris Shipman, Segra VP of Sales; Liz Lewis, Page County Economic Development; Mark Stroupe, Page County Supervisor
Food (by Little Cabin BBQ): 
  • Meatballs; Smokie sausages; Chicken salad & pimento cheese finger sandwiches; Assorted veggies & dip; Assorted cheese & crackers; Spinach dip, hummus & chips; Assorted fruits
Preference will be given to SVTC members, and we will register them in order of submission. (*) Non-members are invited to register as well. (There are 24 spots. We will notify ALL who register whether they received a seat nlt 2 days prior. First come, first serve.)

Save the Date | Valley Business Summit (8/8)
Save the date for the 7th annual Valley Business Summit on August 8th at BRCC!
Registration and details will be posted at

Governor Northam Announces Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund Award Winners

A special congratulations to SVTC member, Ryzing Technologies,
as one of the FY2019 award recipients!
RICHMOND - Governor Ralph Northam today announced $2.51 million in funding in support of 41 Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund ( CRCF) awards. The projects represent exciting advancements in five industries: clean energy, cybersecurity, data analytics, life sciences, and unmanned systems.

CRCF drives technological and economic development in Virginia by investing in research, development, and commercialization of early-stage, high-potential technologies, when funding can be an essential catalyst to successful market entry.

"Virginia is recognized as one of the most innovative states in the nation, and we know that identifying and supporting Virginia innovators at critical early stages through state-funded programs like  CRCF is key to maintaining and expanding our leadership role,"  said Governor Northam. "The Commonwealth will continue to deliver programs that facilitate bringing pioneering technologies and ideas to market and create a culture where entrepreneurs will thrive. I congratulate this year's award recipients and thank them for helping develop solutions to some of our most pressing challenges in Virginia, across the country, and around the world."

"The Center for Innovative Technology presents a broad range of programs for entrepreneurs, researchers, inventors, and innovators throughout the Commonwealth,"  said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball. " CRCF funding is an important part of the research commercialization and development process. The people-individuals, teams, and organizations-who have received awards this year have the potential to contribute great things globally, and benefit the state of Virginia from an economic development perspective for years to come."

"Every year our team gets the unique honor of introducing a broad array of exciting new technologies and ideas to the world that are being developed right here in Virginia,"  said Ed Albrigo, President and Chief Executive Officer at the Center for Innovative Technology. "The  CRCF program rewards innovation efforts in a tangible way, and recognizes the incredible promise of these transformative projects that have real potential to generate significant economic and social benefits for the Commonwealth."

The following  CRCF projects will be awarded, contingent upon acceptance of award terms and conditions:

Commercialization Program
Incentivizes commercialization of high-potential technologies or services by Virginia's private sector.
Supports the commercialization of high-potential research and technology by public and private higher education institutions, federal labs and other nonprofit research institutions in Virginia, and university research consortia that include Virginia college and university member institutions.

SBIR Matching Funds Program
Advances high-potential technology commercialization and development efforts by Virginia-based technology businesses that have recently won a Phase I and/or Phase II Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) award.
Future CRCF funding opportunities are available on the  CIT website . Those interested in receivingCRCF announcements should fill out the online form to join the CRCF listserv. Please direct questions to the CRCF team at
Share Your Voice!
Virginia's Role in the Innovation Economy 
 - Survey -

You are invited to take the following 10-minute survey  regarding ideas and opinion's on what the state's role should be in the innovation economy. This survey will remain in effect through the end of July. ALL Virginians with an interest in this topic are encouraged to complete the survey and register their voice.

During the 2019 Legislative Session, two bills were considered that would have created a new authority or made several changes to an existing authority around funding and oversight of research commercialization, entrepreneurship, and innovation economic development initiatives in the Commonwealth.  Although there was universal support for more efficient use of state resources, the legislature decided - due to concerns addressed by many affected stakeholders - to delay pending an effort led by the Secretary of Commerce and Trade to assess and recommend a legislative plan - statewide-backed and driven by a diverse workgroup of subject matter experts - to consolidate, restructure, and transition programs. This legislative proposal WILL be data driven. This survey will help catalog ideas from Virginian's who can and cannot attend the regional Town Hall series this spring/summer. 

Take the 10-minute survey | Virginia's Role in the Innovation Economy

 Virginia Telecommunication Initiative
How-to-Apply Webinar (6/20)
DHCD will be hosting a FY2020 VATI how-to-apply webinar for the FY2020 on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 10 a.m. Use the link below to register. 

About This Initiative
The Virginia Telecommunication Initiative (VATI) extends broadband service to currently unserved areas. VATI prepares communities to build, utilize, and capitalize on telecommunications infrastructure with the goal of creating strong, competitive communities. Consistent with the enabling legislation, DHCD will award the $4 million appropriation to eligible applicants, subsidizing construction costs and providing last-mile services to these unserved areas of the state.

DHCD has received $19 million for FY2020 to implement broadband infrastructure deployment in partnership with units of local government and private internet service providers across the Commonwealth. The funds shall be used to extend service to areas that presently are unserved by any broadband provider.

The FY2020 Virginia Telecommunication Initiative (VATI) grant round will open on Monday, June 24, 2019. The deadline for completed applications will be Monday, Sept. 3, 2019.  

FY2020 VATI Guidelines
Please follow this  link  for the FY2020 VATI draft guidelines. Public comment on the VATI guidelines will be due by Monday, June 10. 

There will be two public input sessions to discuss the proposed FY2020 VATI guidelines and criteria. While stakeholders are welcome to attend either or both sessions, the first session will focus on gathering feedback and input from Internet Service Providers (ISPs), while the second input session will focus on gathering feedback and input from units of local government and citizens. Public comment may also be emailed to 

BRCC's Learning Can Be Fun Summer Youth Program
(June - July 2019)
BRCC is offering several technology courses during their Learning Can Be Fun (LCBF) summer youth program this year! Take a look below at the following courses that are being offered during the months of June and July:

Explore More Discovery Museum STEM Activities
(June - August 2019)

Explore More Discovery Museum in Harrisonburg will have several STEM opportunities this summer, from weekly programs to summer camps. Take a look below at the following STEM-related courses that are being offered during the months of June through August. Additional activities can be found on their website


Additional Summer Explorer Camps 

Cybersecurity Basics for Managers (7/15)
Are you being asked to shape how your organization protects its customer data or email systems?  Are your customers relying on you to protect their payment information?  Do you need a place to start learning about fundamental cybersecurity concepts?

This two-week crash course is designed for leaders, professionals, and entrepreneurs who have a limited technical background related to cybersecurity, data security, and information technology.  The JMU Cybersecurity Basics for Managers noncredit certificate program is discussion-oriented and formatted for the working professional.

Participants will gain knowledge that can inform their strategies to mitigate cybersecurity risks, secure data and information, build secure infrastructure, and hire qualified personnel and vendors.

Dates and Time: 
  • Monday, July 15 | In-Person, 9:00am-4:30pm (Downtown Harrisonburg)
  • Thursday, July 18 | Online, 9:00-11:00am
  • Monday, July 22  | In-Person, 9:00am-4:30pm (Downtown Harrisonburg)
  • Thursday, July 25 | Online, 9:00-11:00am
Instructor: David Cafaro of Capital One Bank
Program Fee: $750
Add More Team Members for $600 a seat!
Bots and Beverages: A Meetup for Educators (7/17)
Kick back, relax, and create some robots with teachers in your area at  Pale Fire Brewing Co.! Talk with peers about edtech, bring curriculum ideas & questions, or use the  Hummingbird Robotics Kit to make your own robot.

No programming/robotics experience required! Technology and craft materials will be provided. Brews and other beverages are available for purchase at the bar.
Email with questions.

The Startup Experience | 2 Day Workshop (7/19-7/20)
 9 am
The Startup Experience is a interactive 2-day workshop designed to teach you what it takes to get a business started. Startup teams (groups of 5 to 6 people) will work together learn about Startup team formation, problem definition, user analysis, idea creation, business model innovation, customer development, prototyping, web development, fundraising and professional pitching, and get hands-on experience with the tools they need to create a successful startup company!

You will start the first day off with an overview of what entrepreneurship is and then dig into the Startup Experience model, founded by Henrik Scheel out of the Silicon Valley. This model has been taught all over the globe and the SCCF is looking forward to bringing to the Shenandoah Valley again this July.  Space is limited.


For more information about group rates, contact Debbie Irwin at

JMU's Science Explorers Camps (July 2019)
 James Madison University
Using JMU's unique facilities such as the John C. Wells Planetarium, Science on a Sphere, among others, camp-goers will get to explore different areas of science, including biology, earth science, chemistry, forensic science, physics and astronomy and more! Science Explorers Camp will touch on topics covered in the former Space Explorers Camp, while introducing new concepts, activities, and STEM challenges. 

JMU's Science Explorers Camp provides hands-on learning opportunities to 1st through 11th grade students. These camps seek to grow leaders and problems solvers of tomorrow, by building knowledge and curiosity today! 

All teachers and students working with the campers will go through a teacher training program so that they are ready to help your children actively engage in learning! 

There are three camps available for different age ranges. See details below: 

Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum Summer Camps 
(July - August 2019)
Join us at the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum for a summer of adventure, education, and fun!  There are camp experiences for everyone, from preschool to high school! All programs are led by qualified professionals, with curriculum enhanced by the SVDM education team. The Discovery Museum is running a full summer of enriching fun from June to August.

Technology camps available: 

Welcome Back Level I Member!
Harrisonburg City Public Schools

Harrisonburg City Public Schools is a school system of excellence educating over 5000 students in grades PK-12. Our strength comes from our diverse student population where over 50 languages are spoken by our students. Our school system takes pride in providing a rigorous curriculum that includes many advanced placement, dual enrollment and honors level courses, a regional Governor's school for science, STEM Academies at middle school and high school, and outstanding foreign language, arts, music, journalism, and sports programs. HCPS has outstanding vocational, business and technical education programs including advanced computer labs, and a wide range of computer application opportunities for all students. We are also proud of our fine arts departments from bands to theater productions and everything in between. We are fortunate to have a supportive local community that values the importance of educating children and providing them the experiences and resources needed to be successful learners.

Welcome Back Level I Member!
Shenandoah Valley Office Equipment

MFPs, Printers, Copiers, Shredders, Mailing Equipment - local service, local billing - Largest SHOWROOM in the Valley - Largest FULL SERVICE office equipment company in the Valley.

Welcome Back Level I Member!
Staunton Innovation Hub
Staunton Innovation Hub

We are the place for entrepreneurs, makers, and idea generators to come together and build on the creativity and ingenuity of Staunton. We believe that Staunton has the resources and people to create an entrepreneurial ecosystem. The IHub provides a place for us to work together to bring the possibilities of Staunton to life.

The Staunton Innovation Hub isa catalyst to establish and grow leading-edge businesses in the Valley. We provide a home for the growing number of telecommuters and freelance workers, incubate a culture of innovation, and redefine our workforce to match the needs of future enterprise. The IHub is in the heart of Staunton's Historic District and provides a modern home to many existing and successful organizations that already support our growing business community.

Here is just some of what the IHub offers:
- Flexible coworking space for telecommuters and freelance workers for as little as $50
- Month-to-month leases
- Private office space
- Shared facilities such as conference room, break room and common areas
- Gig WIFI (that means wicked fast)
- Internal and external community space that will be used to create a supportive and collaborative entrepreneurial culture
- Forward-thinking educational environments for all facets of life
- Coffee...lots and lots of coffee (and beer)

The IHub is creating an entrepreneur ecosystem in our rural area. The essence of an entrepreneur ecosystem is its people and a culture of trust and collaboration that allows them to interact successfully. This ecosystem allows for the fast flow of talent, information, and resources so that entrepreneurs can quickly find what they need at each stage of growth. As a result, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.These principles are baked into everything we do to enhance the elements of our ecosystems. We are Redefining Rural.

  • Shentel, Edinburg or Waynesboro (two IT Internships)
  • Vision Technology Group, Harrisonburg (Tier III Network Engineer)
  • Chiedo Labs, Harrisonburg (two full-time Javascript Developer openings, Back-End Developer, React Developer, Web Development Intern)
  • Jenzabar, Harrisonburg (Software Developer, Senior Software Developer, etc) 
  • Budget Referee, Harrisonburg (Full Stack Developer with front end web development focus)
  • Ryzing Technologies, Staunton (Mechanical Engineer)
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