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October 20, 2017
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Shenandoah Valley Innovation Coalition Fall Meeting (10/23)
City Invites the Public to Comprehensive Plan Workshops
JMU Teaching and Learning with Technology Conference (10/23)
Why can't we Reproduce Scientific Results? (10/24)
CyberSecurity Awareness for Businesses 3.0 (10/26)
Congressional App Challenge (sign up ends 10/31)
Congressional App Challenge (sign up ends 10/31)
Shenandoah Valley Innovation Coalition
Fall Meeting (10/23)

On October 23rd join all those interested in our regional entrepreneurship and innovation | JMU Ice House, rm# 117, 127 W Bruce Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22801. 10 am - 11:30 am. RSVP to

On the Agenda
  • GO Virginia update - Chris Kyle (region 8 plan and project proposals process)
  • Shenandoah Valley Angel Investors investment activity - George Pace
    A network of private investors that help fund entrepreneurial enterprises located in our communities. SVAI's primary interest is Start-Up/ Early Stage business ventures with funding needs in the range of $50,000 to $300,000 that leverage technology to create a new product or service.
  • Virginia is for entrepreneurs, and app - Mary Lou Bourne
  • SVIC next steps; publicity; options to participate; upcoming events 

About SVIC
SVIC's mission is to accelerate innovation, creativity, and economic development across the Shenandoah Valley through the active collaboration of business, government, community, and academic organizations. They envision the Shenandoah Valley as a thriving, globally-connected ecosystem that attracts, seeds, and grows talent and business. The organization's goals are to: 
  • Create a shared understanding of and commitment to innovation for the purpose of healthy social and economic growth.
  • Improve access to capital for entrepreneurs.
  • Create a variety of collaborative spaces, resources & events, both physical and virtual.
  • Build a vibrant, diverse mentoring network.
  • Develop the capacity to attract, seed and grow new and existing talent and business.

RSVP by Tuesday, Oct. 17 to Kyle Weston via email (

City Invites the Public to Comprehensive Plan Workshops 

October 13, 2017 (Harrisonburg, VA)

The city of Harrisonburg invites members of the public to the upcoming workshops to discuss the next update to the comprehensive plan.

In the coming weeks, four different workshops will be held for members of the public to participate and comment on the comprehensive plan. While the workshops will be focused on reviewing draft objectives and strategies, 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. 

Upcoming Workshops
Monday, October 23
6:00 p.m.
Thomas Harrison Middle School
Environmental stewardship and sustainability: parks and recreation; and community infrastructure, services, safety, and health
Monday, October 30
6:00 p.m.
Thomas Harrison Middle School
Economic development and tourism; and revitalization
Monday, November 13
6:00 p.m.
Thomas Harrison Middle School
Land use and development quality; neighborhoods and housing; and transportation

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

JMU Teaching and Learning with
Technology Conference (10/23)

On October 23rd, come to the Teaching and Learning with Technology Conference at James Madison University. It is an opportunity to bring together educators using technology to share best practices and to make using technology a positive educational experience. For more information, visit

Why can't we Reproduce Scientific Results?
by HackCville (10/24)

Join us to learn more about "Why can't we Reproduce Scientific Results" lead by John Elder from Elder Research and Jennifer Smith from Center for Open Science!

HackCville wants to take you from idea to action, come learn and participate in an engaging activity. How might you utilize better research methods and data science tools in your work?

This event is free and open to the public. All are welcome to dive into the fascinating world of science and technology converging! No previous experience required.

 CyberSecurity Awareness for Businesses 3.0 (10/26)

October 26, 2017 | 1 - 5 pm | DoubleTree Harrisonburg | No charge | Preregistration required
Keynote Speaker Carlos Solari served in the US Army during the Cold War, was a Senior Executive in the FBI, and was the Chief Information Officer for the White House following 9/11. He has seen a few things - learned a great deal - and, with his commercial experience, brings a wealth of knowledge and some great stories about the problem of cyber technologies and cyber security in a wide range of industries.
An author as well as a warm and engaging speaker, Carlos brings context to the seemingly overwhelming concept of cyber security from his own real-life experiences and relates how those experiences apply to companies doing business in the Shenandoah Valley, with a demonstration of how to operate and how effective protection will prevent malware from having an impact on your business.
Also on the Agenda: 
  • The Shenandoah Valley cyber-scene with guests from local techies
  • The Virginia SBDC's on-line tool for tips, resources, and cyber-information for your business (Small Business Big Threat: )
  • James Madison University | Blue Ridge Community College: workforce education; workforce recruitment opportunities; opportunities for semester-long partnerships/projects
This event is brought to you at NO Fee from your SBDC, the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council, and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Register for Oct. 26, 2017 event at

Congressional App Challenge  (sign up ends 10/31)

Intended for students, the third annual Congressional App Challenge (CAC) will run through November 1, 2017. The CAC is a congressional initiative to encourage student engagement in coding and computer science through local app challenges hosted by the Members of Congress. This year, there are over 165 Members of Congress signed up to participate!

The CAC aims to bridge the gender, geographic, and racial gaps in tech. In its first two years, the program yielded 239 challenges across 33 states. Over 1,150 apps were created by nearly 4,000 students, and participant demographics surpassed all industry diversity metrics, with young women representing 30% of all competitors. This year, the Congressional App Challenge will strive to build upon those numbers.
During the next 14 weeks, thousands of students in participating Congressional districts will create and submit their own original applications, that will be evaluated by panels of local judges.The Members of Congress will announce the winners during Computer Science Education Week in early December. Winners will be honored by their Member of Congress. More prizes will be announced throughout the Challenge.

The CAC was created because Congress recognizes how essential computer science and STEM skills are for economic growth and innovation, and that the U.S. is currently experiencing a dearth of adequately trained technical talent. By some estimates there are nearly a quarter of a million unfilled programming jobs in the US, right now. The CAC is a congressional effort to maintain American competitiveness, by proactively inspiring our youth and encouraging them to pursue these crucial skills.

The Challenge owes gratitude to Representatives Bob Goodlatte and Anna G. Eshoo, co-chairs of the Congressional Internet Caucus, who requested and supported the creation of the CAC. Challenge execution is supported by the efforts of our Advisory Board, which includes the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, the Computer Science Teachers Association, Girls Who Code, Hispanic Heritage Foundation, Capital One, and Cisco, as well as a broad coalition of CS-focused partners.

For more information about the Congressional App Challenge, please visit If you are interested getting involved or in supporting the Congressional App Challenge, please contact our Director, Rachel Decoste, at

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

Job Opening: IT Help Desk Administrator
Jenzabar | Harrisonburg

Do people always tell you how helpful you are? Do you enjoy wrestling with problems and resolving them with ease and a smile? Jenzabar is seeking an IT Help Desk Administrator in the Harrisonburg area with a service minded attitude, and maybe a t-shirt that says "I <3 our end users." The successful candidate will take up a position on the front lines of the never-ending struggle to keep our associates' technology running smoothly so they can maximize our client's success. Your reward? The satisfaction of fighting the good fight. Oh, and decent pay and benefits on a pretty excellent team of dudes, if we do say so ourselves. And we do.

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
Data Analyst
Remote - Anywhere in the US (or Portland, OR or Orlando, FL)

Treehouse is a fast-moving business with a mission to teach. But in order to teach well, we have to be ready and willing to learn. Without a clear learning agenda oriented around understanding our students and their success, we can't hope to achieve our mission.

To help facilitate our learning, we're looking to expand our Data and Analytics team by hiring a Data Analyst. The person filling this role will be responsible for generating insights across all areas of our business, from UX experimentation to learning efficacy to finance and accounting. In all cases there will be a strong mandate to provide the company with the data it needs most to succeed.

This position can be remote (working anywhere in the US) or based at either of our offices in Portland, OR or Orlando, FL.
More information at
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