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November 3, 2017
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For Robotics and LEGO Enthusiasts | Open to the Public | FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Regional Tournament (11/4)
Worlds of Work (WoW!) Receives Governor's Award
CRCF Private Sector LOI Deadline Approaching - Don't Miss Out on This Funding Opportunity!
Unleash the Full Power of Mobile Marketing for Your Business with Google and Google Partners
A Date with Data Science (11/8) by Charlottesville Women in Tech
Open to the Public | JMU Student Entrepreneur Showcase (11/10)
Hbg City Invites the Public to Comprehensive Plan Workshops
Intro to Mac Computers (11/14)
Intro to Laser Cutting: Make It & Take It by Staunton Makerspace (11/16)
Invest Local Meet & Greet (12/7)
For High Schoolers | Saturday Morning Physics (1/13 - 2/10)
Welcome Back | JMU Research and Scholarship
Welcome Back | City of Staunton - IT Dept
Job Opening | Software Engineer, Jenzabar
Job Opening | Web Developer, James Madison University IT
Job Opening | Director of Information Technology, Lexington City Schools
Rocktown Tech Slack Channel Link
For Robotics and LEGO Enthusiasts | Open to the Public
FIRST LEGO League Regional Tournament (11/4)

November 4, 2017 | 8 am - 5 pm | JMU ISAT-CS Building

This event is free and open to the public! Come see what it's all about. Prepare for excitement, robotics, and LEGOS! Better yet -- volunteer. Just a few hours of your time can have a huge impact!  Currently, we are in need of a few more more volunteers willing to be referees.  

If you are interested in volunteering, please use the form below to sign up. If you have any questions, contact Emily Winter at or (540)568-7447. The form: 
Volunteer for FLL Regional Tournament on Nov. 3 and/or Nov. 4 

Parking: Please park in lots D2 and C10. See JMU Skyline map for details  (D2 and C10 located at the top).

Parking permits are NOT necessary from 5:00 - 10:00 pm on Friday (Nov. 3), and from 7:00 am - 10:00 pm on Saturday (Nov. 4).

2017 Challenge: Hydrodynamics
On your mark, get set, flow! Drink in the 2017/2018 HYDRO DYNAMICSSM season and learn all about water - how we find, transport, use, or dispose of it. In the 2017/18 FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge, students age 9 to 16 from 80 countries will make a splash with HYDRO DYNAMICS. What might become possible when we understand what happens to our water?

FIRST® LEGO® League challenges kids to think like scientists and engineers. During the HYDRO DYNAMICSSM season, teams will choose and solve a real-world problem in the Project. They will also build, test, and program an autonomous robot using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® technology to solve a set of missions in the Robot Game. Throughout their experience, teams will operate under the FIRST LEGO League signature set of Core Values, celebrating discovery, teamwork, and Gracious Professionalism®

For more information, visit

Worlds of Work (WoW!) Receives Governor's Award

Worlds of Work (WoW!) has been announced as a recipient of the Inaugural Governor's Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Education, in the category of Community Partnerships and Collaboration.
Each year, nearly 3,000 seventh graders from seven school divisions explore career opportunities at the Worlds of Work expo in Frederick County. 
WoW! is managed by the Lord Fairfax Community College Career Pathways Consortium, in partnership with  Barrett Machine, Inc. Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission Frederick County Economic Development Authority , Winchester Economic Development Authority, and Winchester Wealth Management.
Frederick County EDA Business Retention Manager, Sally Michaels, is an active planning partner in this annual workforce development event, an effort that directly contributes to the mission of the  EDA's Career Pathways Program . The event would not be possible without the involvement of more than 70 business partners, numerous event-day volunteers, the support of seven school divisions (Clarke, Frederick, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah, Warren, and the City of Winchester), and generous sponsorship.

CRCF Private Sector LOI Deadline Approaching - Don't Miss Out on This Funding Opportunity!

Letters of Intent for Commercialization and SBIR / STTR Matching Funds Programs Due by Noon Next Thursday, November 9

This reminder pertains only to LOIs intended for CRCF's private sector programs: Commercialization, SBIR Matching Funds, and STTR Matching Funds. LOIs for the Matching Funds and Eminent Researcher Recruitment Programs are due late November.
The private sector Letter of Intent (LOI) deadline for the Commonwealth's multi-million dollar CRCF technology commercialization grant program is quickly approaching, and you don't want to miss out on this opportunity for $50,000 to commercialize your product or service.
LOI submission is simple and the short online questionnaire will take no more than 15 minutes to complete. A   sample LOI is available and the CRCF team has a  recorded webinar to walk you through the process. Remember, you must submit an LOI to be considered this round, but the submission is non-binding and you may later choose whether to submit an application.
More information about CRCF and the FY2018 solicitation is available via From here, by clicking on the links to the Commercialization Program and SBIR / STTR Matching Funds Programs you'll also find program guidelines, sample materials, FAQs, and the link to submit your LOI.
CRCF supports companies, higher education, federal labs, and nonprofit research institutes in Virginia. Target technologies include biosciences/medtech, cyber security, energy (clean energy), environment (water quality), unmanned systems, and IT (data analytics).
For applicants under the Matching Funds and Eminent Researcher Recruitment Programs, you're welcome to submit your LOI any time between before Tuesday, November 28 at noon. If you are a university researcher interested in applying, be sure to connect with your Office of Sponsored Programs to learn about internal deadlines that may exist, as institutional submission caps are in place during this limited submission round.
Still have questions? Contact the CRCF team at

Unleash the Full Power of Mobile Marketing for Your Business with Google and Google Partners (11/5) - Free


November 5, 2017 | 11:30 am - 1:30 pm | JMU Ice House, Room 117

In this livestream we will gain valuable insights into improving mobile usability and reaching more potential customer on their mobile devices. Additionally, Jimmy Marrow will give some information on how to better understand buyers' conversion paths.


Jimmy will explain how businesses can get ahead by adjusting their advertising strategies to target consumers where they are spending their time.

Dayne will speak about how businesses can leverage Google's Mobile tools to connect with customers in the right place at the right time.

Join Immerge to learn more about how digital marketing can help your mobile strategy reach new heights. The Small Business Development Center will be hosting the event at the JMU Ice House. All are welcome for this free event.
Following the Webinar, the Immerge Team will be available to answer your questions regarding online marketing and ways to improve your B2B online presence. Immerge's services include web development, web design, and digital marketing that includes search engine optimization (SEO), Facebook Ad campaigns, Google Adwords campaigns, and more.
This event is FREE but registration is required.

A Date with Data Science (11/8)
by Charlottesville Women in Tech

November 8, 2017 | 5:30-7:30 pm
Center for Open Science (Charlottesville, VA)

Ladies, join us this November for a date with data science!

While "big data" has created a buzz recently, the field of data science has a lengthy and diverse history, possessing applications in areas as diverse as marketing, medicine, finance, and environmental science. This November, CWIT will host a panel of four local data scientists and data analysts to discuss their experiences and careers: Jade Kim (Senior Marketing Science Analyst,  Analytic Partners), Taryn Price (Data Scientist,  CCRi), Monica Rajendiran (Intern,  CCRi), and Kim Scott (Co-founder and Vice President of Data Science,  Astraea).

Want to know what "big data" is, and why it's on everyone's lips these days? Interested in how data analytics impacts your life as a consumer and citizen? Curious about what data scientists and data analysts do in their day jobs? Join us as these four fabulous women answer all these questions and more!
  • Jade Kim is a Senior Marketing Science Analyst at Analytic Partners, an industry leader in providing data-driven marketing consulting for global fortune 500 clients.
  • Taryn Price has an extensive background in machine learning, modeling, simulation, and statistical analysis. 
  • Monica Rajendiran is a recent graduate of the UVa DataScience Institutes's MS in Data Science program. 
  • Kim Scott is a co-founder and the Vice President of DataScience at Astraea, a Charlottesville startup dedicated to solving complex problems about the Earth. 
As usual, food and drinks will be served.
This event is open only to attendees who identify as women.

JMU Student Entrepreneur Showcase  (11/10)
Open to the public

November 10, 2017 | 6 - 7 pm | JMU EnGeo room 2301  

Join us to celebrate the accomplishments of JMU student entrepreneurs. Fifteen student fellows spent the summer developing their businesses with workspace, mentorship, entrepreneurship instruction, and funding opportunities provided by the CFE. By the end of the program, each venture gained real-life traction with customers and revenue, and the fellows swept Georgetown University's Accelerator Program in the inaugural Bulldog Cup Pitchoff. 

Come hear the winning pitches on 11/10 at JMU Engineering and Geosciences building in room 2301. 

Parking : JMU Lot D2 (map:

If you would like reserved seating in the front of auditorium, please contact

Harrisonburg City Comprehensive Plan Workshop (11/13)
Topic: land use and development quality; neighborhoods and housing; and transportation

November 12, 2017 | 6 - 8 pm |  Thomas Harrison Middle School

On Monday, November 13, the city of Harrisonburg invites members of the public to the upcoming workshop to discuss the next update to the comprehensive plan. The next topic/chapter to be discussed at the workshop will be: l and use and development quality; neighborhoods and housing; and transportation.

Full text of all the draft chapters of the comprehensive plan are available online for review and comment. The chapters have been compiled with a combination of input from the 2011 comprehensive plan, Harrisonburg Planning Commission, advisory committees, and city staff. This input has been received throughout the year. 

Comments on the draft chapters will be accepted until November 28 and can be submitted in one of the following ways:
  1. During the public workshops;
  2. By emailing ;
  3. Or by mailing comments to the Department of Planning and Community Development, c/o Thanh
    Dang, 409 S. Main St. Harrisonburg, VA 22801.
About the Comprehensive Plan
The compre hensive plan presents a vision of Harrisonburg's future. It identifies steps to move toward that vision by providing information about current conditions, long-term goals and objectives, and recommended implementation strategies. This plan addresses a wide range of issues including land use, housing, education, transportation, recreation, the preservation of historic and natural resources, and economic development. It serves as a guide for the community and helps city and community leaders with setting policies and decision making.

To review additional information on the upcoming workshops or to learn more about the comprehensive plan, visit .

The City of Harrisonburg is centrally located in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. It is home to almost 55,000 people. More information about the City of Harrisonburg is online at

Intro to Mac Computers (11/14)

November 14, 2017 | 6 - 8 pm
Staunton Public Library 2nd floor meeting room

Are you a new Mac user? Join us for an introduction to Mac Computers. Bring your own Mac laptop if possible, though you are welcome to attend without a computer.

Intro to Laser Cutting: Make It & Take It 
by Staunton Makerspace (11/16)

November 16, 2017 | 6:00 - 8:30 pm
Staunton Makerspace  | $50 for course

This skills-focused Laser Cutting course is designed to take attendees from novice to laser-ready for designing and making laser cut projects. You'll leave with open source software for designing, editing, and "printing" laser-cut items, along with your own laser-cut sample project to take home. Laser cut designs are limited to a 5" by 5" design in wood or plexiglass (with both etching and cutting capabilities) and are available to pick up after class. You are encouraged (but not don't required!) to bring your own laptop.

All levels of experience are welcome. Open to ages 7 and up, although children should be accompanied by an adult.

Instructor: Andy Wiseman. Andy teaches many "Make It & Take It" makerspace workshops, introducing students to new equipment and helping them begin their own journeys to prototyping, constructing, innovating and more.


Do you have a passion for a project that needs funding? Are you looking for a way to get more local dollars into the community? Are you interested in changing the way money flows into our neighborhoods?  Join us for an evening for drinks, hors d'oeuvres, and new friendships as we bring together the faces of the Invest Local Project: makers, entrepreneurs, investors and supporters.

We're building the networks for a thriving local economy and opening opportunities for local investing.


January 13 - February 10, 2018
9 am - 12 pm | JMU Physics/Chem Building

Check out Saturday Morning Physics, a fun and informative way to start your weekend!

Come and explore the fascinating properties of waves as scientists use them in music, nanotechnology, astronomy, and nuclear physics. JMU Physics and Astronomy presents this educational event series designed for high school students and teachers! Juniors and seniors who participate are eligible for one JMU Physics credit. Held over the Saturdays on the JMU campus, we invite you to explore, learn, and have fun!

Note that only 50 seats are available! For more information, contact Melissa Heatwole at or (540) 568-4226. Also see

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JMU Research and Scholarship

The mission of Research and Scholarship is to develop and advance academic and scholarly endeavors by leveraging resources through research, public service and engagement to foster innovative discovery and advancement for the university, local, regional, state, national and global communities. The Shenandoah Valley Technology Council is one of the many regional economic development activities facilitated by Research and Scholarship.

Highlighting Renewing Level I Member:
City of Staunton - IT Dept.

Kurt Plowman is the Chief Technology Officer for the city of Staunton, Virginia. As CTO, Kurt is responsible for setting strategic direction, overseeing security, and managing the IT team. He maintains servers, local area network (LAN) and wide area networks (WAN), telecommunications systems and software applications that connect departments in over thirty locations around the City.


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: Web Developer
James Madison University IT| Harrisonburg

James Madison University ( JMU ) is currently recruiting for a creative, self-motivated Web Developer to help support JMU's current web infrastructure. This position will support end user publishing to university web servers using the  JMU  Content Management System (Cascade Server) and also some development of miscellaneous web applications that support the main university website.

More information at JMU Joblink

Job Opening: Assistant or Associate Professor of Data Science
JMU Co llege of Integrated Science and Engineering| Harrisonburg

The Department of Integrated Science and Technology ( ISAT ) at James Madison University ( JMU ) invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor beginning August, 2018. The Department of Integrated Science and Technology (soon to become the School of Integrated Sciences) is a dynamic, highly interdisciplinary academic unit of 50 faculty with terminal degrees in 39 different fields. Our graduates are innovative problem solvers with strong analytical and teaming skills that enable them to work on complex socio-technical problems facing organizations, communities, and society. Additional information on the department and its individual programs can be found at

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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