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Submit your suggestion for SVTC Board of Directors (Deadline May 10, 2020)
Rock Strong Fundraiser | Get Your Limited Edition Rock Strong T-Shirt!
Have a Virtual Tech Event? We'll Promote it in our Newsletter & Calendar!
College for Kids - ONLINE Spring Camps (5/4 - 5/14, 5/18 - 5/28)
Webinars from the Center for Innovative Technology (5/12, 5/19)
Online Marketing 101 Series: Get Found Online (5/5)
Virginia Wifi Hotspot Map | Map of Free, Publicly Available Wifi Hotspots
COVID-19 Business Resources, Local Open/Closed Businesses, & Other Information
COVID-19 Resources Provided by the Shenandoah Valley Partnership
Harrisonburg-Rockingham Community Services GIS App
Shenandoah Valley Open Tech Jobs
Rocktown Tech Slack Channel Link
Submit your suggestion for SVTC Board of Directors
(Deadline May 10, 2020)

Deadline: May 10, 2020
Once a year, SVTC members vote on who will join its Board of Directors for a 2-year term. On June 30, 2020 the term for our "class II" of directors expires. In order to prepare an election for a new cohort of directors, whose term will start on July 1, 2020,  SVTC members are asked to submit suggestions for who should be considered to serve and be nominated to the slate of candidates. The SVTC Organization and Governance committee will gather suggestions by 5/10/2020.

Please take a minute to suggest candidates for our class II of directors so the committee can evaluate. Email suggestions to Greg St. Ours or use our form: SVTC BoD Class II Interest Survey.


Rock Strong T-Shirt Fundraiser

Limited edition Rock Strong t-shirt! Purchase by May 10. Show your community spirit and support local businesses by purchasing a Rock Strong t-shirt! All profits from the shirt will go into the Resilience Grant Fund that provides grants to city and county small businesses struggling to survive this crisis. We are all in this together. Join your neighbors and show your pride and unity for Harrisonburg and Rockingham County small businesses! 

This fundraiser was created by the Regional Business Support Taskforce with members from Harrisonburg Economic Development, Rockingham Economic Development, Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce, Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance, Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center, Shenandoah Valley Partnership and Shenandoah Valley Technology Council.


Have a Virtual Tech Event?
We'll Promote it in our Newsletter & Calendar!
Are you a local tech meetup/user-group or organization hosting
a virtual event within the Shenandoah Valley?

With the recent impacts of COVID-19, we're looking to help promote all of the Valley's techn ology community events that have now gone digital by adding them to our  newsletter  and  calendar  (our publicity).


College for Kids -  ONLINE Spring Camp 
(5/ 4 - 5/14, 5/18 - 5/28)

May 4-14, 2020 | May 18-28, 2020
(Mon.-Thurs. Each Week)
Morning Sessions (10:00-11:30 am)
Afternoon Sessions (1:30-3:00 pm)

College for Kids   provides an enriching, educational, and fun experience  for children in grades K-8. Students work with JMU faculty and graduate students, as well as experts from the community, to explore and discover talents they never knew they had! All sessions will be held online. $80 for 8 sessions.


Webinars from the Center for Innovative Technology  
(5/12, 5/19)

May 12 & 19, 2020 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

May 5, 12 & 19, 10:30-Noon EST  each session, from the Center for Innovative Technology, presented by John Davis, General Manager and Chief Technical Officer of JADE Research Corporation:  Best Practices for Effective Project Management -- A Three Part Webinar Series.

  • May 5, Session 1 Project Culture (passed)
  • May 12, Session 2 Project Planning
  • May 19, Session 3 Project Operations
  • Three part series: $35 for Virginia based companies, $100 for all others
  • Individual sessions: $20 each for Virginia based companies, $50 each for all others
  • Register for full THREE PART SERIES HERE
  • Register for May 12, Session 2 Project Planning Only HERE
  • Register for May 19 Session 3 Project Operations Only HERE 

Online Marketing 101 Series: Online Ad Campaigns (5/19)

May 19, 2020 | 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Learn how to use your advertising dollars most effectively online, including how to structure your campaigns, target them to the ideal audiences, and track meaningful metrics on the success of your campaigns. Find out how to take advantage of modern AI targeting methods to reach your audiences for the lowest cost possible and optimize your campaigns to convert to real sales or leads.

Visit Immerge's page for the full list of events and to register for the Livestream events:

Virginia Wifi Hotspot Map
-Free, Publicly Available Hotspots-

With the help of local officials, schools, and libraries across Virginia, the Commonwealth Connect team and Virginia Tech have developed an interactive map of free, publicly available wifi hotspots that Virginians can access from a vehicle. Please share this map with your respective networks and constituents who many need access to the internet. Updates will be done weekly they we receive new locations. If you see any free public wifi hotspots missing or listed incorrectly, please email -


COVID-19 Resources & Local Open/Closed Businesses
During this uncertain time, we feel the need to share information that will help our readers monitor the current situation. Below we have linked several resources. 

We also recommend you take a look at the following article providing additional COVID-19 resources for economic development planning and recovery

Resources to monitor COVID-19 updates:
Open/closed businesses (& altered hours of operations) in the Shenandoah Valley:
Broadband Resources
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted Virginian's ability to work, access healthcare and education, and has magnified the digital divide more than ever before. The Commonwealth Connect team has launched a webpage to provide information about what both the federal government and Virginia's ISPs are doing in response to the crisis. Please see:

Business Resources
  • SBA's Disaster Loan is a program designed to help small businesses and non-profit organizations meet their ordinary and necessary financial obligations that cannot otherwise be met as a direct result of COVID-19. The SV SBDC provides information and assistance in the loan preparation documents. To learn how to apply for the SBA EIDL: For assistance from the SVSBDC to apply see here:
  • Status of Building Officials' offices across the Commonwealth on VBCOA website
  • Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational RegulationCOVID-19 Update Page outlines regulated non-essential businesses that most close 
  • FEMA has a page on HOW TO HELP that gives contact information producing COVID-19 related products.  *Contact the SBDC office if you want more detail on the challenges of creating/manufacturing personal protective products, and we'll put you in touch with our International Trade Manager and other subject matter experts.
  • Virginia Rapid Response COVID-19 Business Support Initiative: The Shen Valley Workforce Development Board has received funding to assist employers eligible to remain open during emergency. Funds are reserved for small businesses. More information and application process at

COVID-19 Resources
Provided by the Shenandoah Valley Partnership
The Shenandoah Valley Partnership has provided an incredible list of helpful resources for our region. We have included a few of these links from their website, but we encourage you to take a look on their page, as they will be updating it routinely with additional resources. Please visit to view the entire list. 

Business Resources
Emergency Loan Programs

Small Business Administration (SBA)

Local Resources
Questions regarding finances? Reach out to your financial institution. Payment deferral programs exist at many banks for businesses and consumers.

State Resources
Harrisonburg-Rockingham Community Services GIS App
As part of the County coronavirus alert and GIS hub,  an application was created to support community business and organizations to assist the efforts of the recently formed Regional COVID-19 Business Support Task force. 

This map application provides information from businesses and organizations detailing how they provide goods and services to our citizens during the COVID-19 crisis. This information will be updated as our community partners provide new information.

If you are interested in offering your business or organization services to the map, please click on the form to submit your information:

  • Generate Impact, Harrisonburg (Tech Lead)
  • Middle River Regional Jail, Staunton (IT Systems Technician)
  • Segra, Waynesboro (IT Operations Technician)
  • Harrisonburg High School (Computer Science Teacher)
  • Augusta County Service Authority, Verona (Systems Analyst/Developer)
  • Vision Technology Group, Harrisonburg (Tier III Network Engineer)
  • Budget Referee, Harrisonburg (Full Stack Developer with front end web development focus)
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