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June 8,  2018
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2018 Start-Up Grants Now Available for FLL Teams
Governor Northam Announces FY2018 Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF) Awards
Explore Maker City Camp for Ages 8+ (6/18 - 6/22)
Robotics Camp for Rising 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th Graders (6/18 - 6/22)
8-Week Business Planning Course (starting 6/20)
Code and Coffee Study Group (6/20)
The Junior Academy | STEM Program for Students (application deadline June 30)
SAVE THE DATE: Valley TechCon (9/28)
Highlighting Renewing Level I Member: Cadence, Inc. | Staunton
Job Opening | Software Engineer, Jenzabar in Harrisonburg
Job Opening | Director of Information Technology, Lexington City Schools
Job Opening | Technology Support Specialist, City of Harrisonburg IT Department
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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.

To be eligible, teams must be located in the footprint of the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council's area of operation. Applicants must also intend 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.

Governor Northam Announces FY2018 Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF) Awards

Awards support promising technology research and commercialization in Virginia's private sector, academia and nonprofit research institutes

June 4, 2018 (Richmond, VA)

Governor Ralph Northam announced today nearly $2.7 million in funding in support of 34 Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF) awards. The projects represent exciting advancements in six industries: biosciences and medical technologies, cyber security, clean energy, water quality, data analytics and unmanned systems.
"The Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund accelerates technological innovation and economic growth in Virginia by identifying potential solutions to important state and national problems," said Governor Northam. "The CRCF is a great example of how the public-sector can leverage outside resources and innovation to serve citizens better. I commend these recipients and look forward to seeing their projects come to fruition."
During this solicitation round, applications were invited under five programs to support the private sector, academia and nonprofit research institutes across the Commonwealth: Commercialization, Eminent Researcher Recruitment, Matching Funds, SBIR Matching Funds and STTR Matching Funds.
Applications underwent a four-step review process beginning with administrative compliance performed by the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) and followed by subject matter evaluation; subject matter experts were drawn from industry, academia and government. Applications were then evaluated by members of the Research and Technology Investment Advisory Committee (RTIAC), a board of university, industry and economic development experts, who made recommendations for funding to the CIT Board of Directors for final approval. Managed by CIT, the CRCF supports technology priorities identified in the Commonwealth Research and Technology Strategic Roadmap.
"This solicitation continues the Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund's mission to advance outstanding projects that leverage public and private investments, strengthening economic development across the state," said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball.
"The quality and quantity of applications received during the FY2018 solicitation were impressive. The round brought in nearly 120 applications from across the Commonwealth," said Ed Albrigo, CIT's President and Chief Executive Officer."This strong turnout demonstrates the need for funding at a critical time in these research commercialization projects. We look forward to monitoring the progress of the latest recipients as they generate significant long-term benefits for the Commonwealth's economy."

Future CRCF funding opportunities will be posted on the CIT website at Those interested in receiving CRCF announcements should fill out the online form to join the CRCF listserv. Questions may be directed to the CRCF team at
About the CRCF and R&T Roadmap
The Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF) advances science- and technology-based research, development and commercialization to drive economic growth in the Commonwealth and create and foster high potential technology companies.
In support of the Commonwealth's overall plan to maximize the return on investment of taxpayer dollars and to enhance economic development, CRCF awards must further the goals set forth in the Commonwealth Research and Technology (R&T) Strategic Roadmap, a comprehensive planning tool the Commonwealth uses to identify research areas worthy of economic development and institutional focus. It provides elected and other officials with priorities in key industry sectors that have commercial promise and that are eligible for new CRCF awards.
The Research and Technology Investment Advisory Committee (RTIAC), comprised of university, industry and economic development experts, supports the Roadmap and the CRCF, including by making CRCF award recommendations the CIT Board.
About the Center for Innovative Technology, 
Since 1985, CIT, a nonprofit corporation, has been Virginia's primary driver of innovation and entrepreneurship. 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 start-up companies and advanced technology consumers. CIT's CAGE Code is 1UP71. To learn more, please visit .  Follow CIT on Twitter @CITorg and add the Center for Innovative Technology on LinkedIn and Facebook .

Explore Maker City Camp for Ages 8+ (6/18 - 6/22)
June 18 - 22, 2018 | 9 am - 12 pm | Explore More Discovery Museum

Children will explore each of the major making stations so they'll gain the skills to become more independent with laser cutting, 3D printing, sewing, electronics, woodworking and more!  Whether they are just beginning or need to update their skills, this camp will familiarize them with all the computer software and equipment available in Maker City. 

NOTE: Many of the classes are full, but you can choose to join the wait list. A few classes, such as the Little Scientists' Lab, are still available.

Robotics Camp for 
Rising 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th Graders
(6/18 - 6/22)
June 18 - 22, 2018 | 9 am - 4 pm
Physics and Chemistry Building, JMU

This exciting robotics camp is an advanced program designed for middle school students who want to push robots to the limits.  We'll be using the latest EV3 robot from LEGO.  This platform is a significant improvement from the old NXT - you can control up to 4 motors and 4 sensors simultaneously.  The system has expanded memory, processing power, wifi, and Bluetooth.  These sensors are more accurate and they've added a gyro sensor that opens a whole realm of possible applications.  You'll learn how to use all the sensors as well as advanced building and programming techniques from two JMU Physics professors - both long-time AFOLs (Adult Fans of LEGO) who use LEGO robots in their college courses.  

Rising 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th graders. 

The cost for the program is $300.00

Enrollment is limited to 25 spots.

Drop off and pick up will be at the Physics & Chemistry building, located on JMU's campus.

Questions? Please contact Melissa Heatwole at or call 540/568-4226.

8-Week Business Planning Course (starting 6/20)
Begins June 20, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm | SCCF Office

Join us for 8 weeks of training, support, and inspiration! Bring your business idea and energy - SCCF 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

Code and Coffee Study Group  (6/20)
June 20, 2018 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm | Black Sheep Coffee

Join us for Code & Coffee Study Group! Whether you're looking to keep practicing what you learned in your last class or are in the midst of a project, your community is here to help!

This will be an informal event where members can meet each other and collaborate. TAs will be there to help troubleshoot and brainstorm ideas with you!

Have a project idea and some skills, but haven't attended a GDI event yet? Want to focus on helping others with their projects? You're welcome too!

This is also a great event for first time attendees who just want to socialize and learn more about GDI. 

As a group, everyone will hold each other accountable for completing our projects, and provide on-going support and feedback.

Bring a laptop and something to work on. It's okay if you don't have a project! Feel free to come by for the whole thing or drop in when you have time.

Register for June 20, 2018 Code and Coffee study group

The Junior Academy | STEM Program for Students
(application deadline June 30)


Each year, students ages 13-18 are invited to join The Junior Academy (it is FREE). Successful applicants gain lifelong access to exclusive educational opportunities and a remarkable global STEM network through Launchpad, a virtual collaboration platform.  Students develop advanced research, innovation, and collaboration skills with best-in-class learning resources and leverage these skills to compete in challenges sponsored by industry-leading companies.

The ideal student is an enthusiastic learner and problem solver with a passion for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). He or she has a desire to learn more about the universe, and aspires to help address the world's most pressing challenges through research and collaboration.

The program is virtual and open to students anywhere in the world. All participants must have access to a computer and a reliable internet connection.

Note: students must receive a positive endorsement from an educator to participate.

For more information and to apply, visit

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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. 

Job Opening: 
Technology Support Specialist

City of Harrisonburg IT Department | Harrisonburg
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Do you want to make a difference in the community by partnering with City departments to leverage technology that will effectively serve customers? If so, the City of Harrisonburg's vacant Technology Support Specialist position may be a great fit for you!  Position serves as a technology resource for City personnel and associated users; provides guidance and support in the installation, operation and maintenance of various types of information/communications technology including workstations, peripheral devices, VOIP (Voice over IP) phones, mobile devices and AV equipment.  Position keeps records of service requests and fulfillment; assists in network maintenance at the direction of network administrators; performs related work as required.  Technology Support Specialist work is performed under the supervision of the Systems Analyst.

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