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November 18, 2016
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MTC Offering: Introduction to Cyber Security Class
Save The Date: Legislative Breakfast (12/7)
Bits and Grits (12/20)
Luncheon Presentation on Disaster Recovery & Contingency Management Planning
CIT & Virginia Tech Release New Broadband Availability Map
Highlighting Renewing Leve lII Member: JMU Research and Scholarship
Highlighting Renewing Level II Member: Lord Fairfax Community College
Highlighting Renewing Level I Member: Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce
Highlighting Renewing Level I Member: Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport
Highlighting Renewing Level I Member: SRI International
Job Opening: Associate Instructor of Technical Studies
3 Job Openings: Sr. Software Developer/Engineer, Jr. Software Developer/Engineer | AxonAI
Feedback sought: GO VA regional boundaries map for public comment
Save the date for VIRTUES II (2/8-9/17)
Massanutten Technical Center: 
Introduction to Cyber Security
Registration open / starts January 2017 
This class will start in January and is designed for the IT power user, who wants to begin learning more about applying security to IT assets and educating the user base to become cyber smarter.  In this class you will explore encryption, learn about cyber threats, industry best practices, and gain practical methods to strengthen the security of your network.  

This 5 week hybrid class is taught by seasoned IT professionals who have been on the front lines of cyber security for decades.  This hybrid course will feature both in class labs and online activities. During the 5 weeks, a total of 5 in person classes will be held expanding on the topics of the online material and offering hands on labs that will help you make your business network more secure.

5 session, 5 week class meets one night per week from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

See for registration details or call 540-434-5962 for details.  
All adult night classes at MTC :

Registration Now Open: Legislative Pre-Session Breakfast
Dec. 07, 2016; 7:30 am - 9:30 am
$15;  JMU, Festival Confere nce Center

This French Toast Buffet breakfast is a time that we listen to and engage with our area legislators about issues affecting business in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. 

Sponsored by the Harrisonburg Rockingham Chamber of Commerce
 and the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council

SVTC's Bits and Grits
Dec. 20, 2016; 8am - 9am; Mrs. Rowes, Staunton, VA 

Come get together for great breakfast and to talk some tech. Dutch treat. No reservations required. 

This is where our technology users and creators get together to connect about various topics (while eating some good food!). This occurs on the 3rd Tuesday of every month. Look for Kurt Plowman.  

For more

 Luncheon Presentation on Disaster Recovery and Contingency Management Planning (from 11/10/16)
Dale Hulvey, CIO, AVP Information Technology James Madison  University

CIT and Virginia Tech Release New Broadband Availability Map

Interactive map shows broadband access and available service providers across the Commonwealth
The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) announced today that the latest edition of the Virginia Broadband Availability Map has been released and includes several new dynamic features. The new map, a product of CIT and its partners, Virginia Tech's Center for Geospatial Information Technology (CGIT) and the Virginia Geographic Information Network (VGIN), is a result of the team's experience working hand-in-hand with local and state government officials to address broadband access deficiencies.

The Virginia Broadband Availability Map is an interactive map that allows users to search by address or locality to identify where broadband services may be available and which providers are providing service in the area. The data behind the map comes from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) which receives data directly from the broadband providers.

The Virginia Broadband Availability Map is part of CIT's ongoing effort to provide technical assistance to local governments and state agencies to expand broadband capacity and access and improve utilization. The new map can be found at

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 learn more, please visit  Follow CIT on Twitter   @CITorg and add the Center for Innovative Technology on LinkedIn and   Facebook.

For the web version of this release, visit:

Highlighting Renewing Level III Member:
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 II Member:
Lord Fairfax Community College

Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) is a comprehensive, multi-campus public institution of higher education. Through its four locations - the Fauquier and Middletown Campuses and the Luray-Page County and Vint Hill Centers - the College serves eight localities in the Shenandoah Valley and Piedmont regions. The localities are the counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren and the city of Winchester. LFCC offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in a wide variety of disciplines, in addition to providing access to bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs offered on site by a four-year institution. LFCC also serves the business community by offering workforce preparation programs for employees and employers. LFCC serves more than 7,600 unduplicated credit students and more than 10,450 individuals in professional development and business and industry courses annually.


Highlighting Renewing Level I Member:
Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce

Serving Staunton, Waynesboro and Augusta County since 1999, The Greater  Augusta Regional Chamber welcomes small businesses and large industrial complexes. We are a non-profit 501(c)6 membership organization utilizing the membership investment to support business advocacy, community development, education, transportation, tourism and agriculture.


Highlighting Renewing Level I Member:
Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport Commission

Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (SHD), located in Weyers Cave, is excited to announce our new partnership with ViaAir offering low-fare commercial airline service to Charlotte, NC (CLT) and Orlando, FL (SFB). Ranked 5th nationwide in operations, the Charlotte hub has approximately 710 daily departures serving 155 nonstop destinations. Arrivals and departures operate from the centrally located "A" concourse of Charlotte Airport. New Orlando/Sanford flights from SHD connect Valley travelers to our most requested southern destination at a very affordable fare with no checked baggage fees! Couple this with FREE parking plus less money spent on gas and the cost savings can really add up. Ground transportation options include the SHD Airport Shuttle (by reservation) or car rental from Avis, Budget or Enterprise. For more information on traveling from SHD, call (540) 234-8304, visit or find them on Facebook and Twitter.


Highlighting Renewing Level I Member:
SRI International 

SRI International is one of the world's leading independent research and technology development organizations. Founded as Stanford Research Institute in 1946, SRI has been meeting the strategic needs of clients for more than 60 years. The nonprofit research institute performs client-sponsored research and development for government agencies, commercial businesses, and private foundations in areas such as information technology, engineering, pharmaceuticals, physical sciences, and public policy. In addition to conducting contract R&D, SRI licenses its technologies, forms strategic partnerships, and creates new business by spinning-off new companies based on SRI-developed technologies and products. SRI's Shenandoah Valley facility (SRI-SV) in Harrisonburg, Virginia features research focused on discovery of novel drugs, vaccines, and diagnostics for cancer and emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases. With unique facilities and equipment coupled with highly skilled and experienced research teams, SRI International Shenandoah Valley is working with government and commercial sponsors to develop novel therapies for hepatitis C virus, influenza, dengue fever, and a panel of human cancers including lung cancer. Combined, these diseases cause thousands of deaths in the US and abroad highlighting the value of SRI-SV as a resource in the commonwealth and beyond. The SRI proteomics center, housed in the facility is focused on novel platforms for drug discovery, and identification of biomarkers for evaluation of drugs for safety and efficacy, improving existing and new treatments for a wide panel of human diseases. SRI continues to expand the capabilities in the SV facility, by adding new facilities, equipment, and personnel, adding additional value to the local economy while providing solutions to the complex challenges in human health and biotechnology. 


Job Openings: 
Associate Instructor of Technical Studies
From: Lord Fairfax Community College

This position will provide leadership for the applied trades and manufacturing certificates and programs in the Division of Business, Education, and Technology. Specific duties include coordinating various existing trades programs such as Electrical, HVAC, and Welding.  The position, in collaboration with engineering faculty, will also lead the development of new courses and programs relevant to a multi-craft/manufacturing technician program.   This instructor will coordinate high school "Trades Academy" programs and will lead the development of a trades academy for the Luray-Page County center location. This position may teach at off-site locations within the LFCC service region.  Fostering relationships with business and industry leaders, secondary partners, and the offices of Workforce Solutions and Continuing Education (WSCE) is important for the position.  

link to the job posting and application process is:

3 Job Openings: Sr. Software Developer/Engineer (2 positions) and Jr. Software Developer/Engineer
From: AxonAI, Inc.

AxonAI, Inc. has three new positions open: two senior software developer/engineers and one junior level software developer/engineer. All positions will focus on back-end development. These are great opportunities for motivated individuals with the right balance of technical and communication skills.  These positions require the ability to provide innovative and well-thought-out use of technology to plan, develop, and implement software solutions.

For all the details please visit the AxonAI Careers page,  Interested applicants should complete the initial application form online along with their resume.  

Questions? Email

Feedback sought: GO VA regional boundaries map for public comment 

VIRGINIA GROWTH AND OPPORTUNITY FUND will help to grow and diversify Virginia's economy and create jobs through state financial incentives for regional projects that encourage collaboration between private sector companies, workforce, education and government in each region.

The Virginia Growth and Opportunity Board will be accepting public comment on the regional map. The map was preliminarily approved at the full meeting of the board on October 12, 2016 in accordance with Section 2.2-2486 of the Code of Virginia. The board anticipates taking a final vote on the map at the next Board meeting on December 5, 2016.

The map was discussed, reviewed and recommended to the board by the GO Virginia Stakeholder Advisory Work Group formed in accordance with Enactment Clause 3 of Chapter 779 of the 2016 Acts of Assembly.

This map --once approved--  will provide the geographic boundaries for the formation of regional  councils, which --once certified-- will be the entity that applies for funding from the GO VA Board.

Feedback is being sought, please share this map and links. 

The map is on the DHCD GO VA webpage ( ) and all comments regarding the map can be submitted to  by Friday, November 18, 2016.

Save the date for: VIRTUES II (VIrginia RoboTics and Unmanned Systems Education Summit) 
February 9 & 10, 2017 at James Madison University 

The first VIRTUES (VIrginia RoboTics and Unmanned Systems Education Summit) was held at JMU on Aug. 17 th and brought Virginia's unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) community together to produce actionable objectives toward Governor McAuliffe and Senator Warner's vision for The New Virginia Economy. The conference was organized into four working groups-Research, Curriculum, Industry, and Policy and Ethics-who met with facilitators during the day to discuss the success stories in each area, to map what was happening regarding UMS in each of the areas, and to identify gaps and opportunities for collaborative action that would move each of these areas forward and make each more responsive to rapidly changing and growing needs. All of the information was gathered and reviewed and resulted in a list of actionable items for the coming year that will help support UMS growth through research, jobs creation, and policy that supports innovation.

A video about the conference, the report mentioned above, and a general reap are available on the VIRTUES website:  
Interested attendees for VIRTUES II: save the date in your calendar (Feb 9 & 10, 2017)

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