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September 16, 2016
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beCamp at OpenSource Connections (9/16-9/17)
SVTC Bits & Grits (9/20)
SVTC Fall Tech Mixer (9/29)
Manufacturing Impacts Through Energy & Commerce Boot Camp: Virginia (10/6)
Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund Information Session (10/12)
Governor's Competition for Talent Solutions
CIT Assists Powhatan County with Broadband Assessment & Expansion Plan
3 Job Openings: Sr. Software Developer/Engineer, Jr. Software Developer/Engineer | AxonAI
Rocktown RockIT Launch Pad Class: What's your PROTO Type? (prototyping facilities & know-how available)
SVTC Level I Member News: Lenhart Pettit Attorneys at Law.
Highlighting Renewing Level III Member: Rockingham Group
Highlighting NEW Level I Member: NET100, Ltd.
Highlighting Renewing Level I Member: City of Staunton IT Department
Job Opening: Systems Development Analyst | Rockingham Group
SAVE THE DATE: CyberSecurity Awareness for Businesses (10/27)
beCamp: September 16&17, 2016
OpenSource Connections located at 608  Preston Avenue, Charlottesville  

beCamp is Charlottesville's version of the BarCamp unconference movement - a conference organized on the fly by attendees, for attendees. Attendees usually include software developers, system administrators, quality assurance, devops, designers, and business developers.  It's open to any adult who is interested in technology, and has a very warm, friendly, and inclusive atmosphere.

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SVTC Bits & Grits
September 20, 8-9am at 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.  
SVTC Fall Tech Mixer
September 29, 2016 at Beyond Restaurant from 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Join us on September 29th for our annual Fall Tech Mixer. Hosted by the SVTC's Board of Directors, this is a premier networking event. Come out and join current members and potential members as they mingle and network.

It's our treat - appetizers are 'on us' ... the food is fabulous and coconut shrimp will definitely be on the menu again! Drinks are dutch treat.

Come and find out what we're doing as an organization and what our members are doing individually.

Let us know you're coming so that we'll have plenty of appetizers. Feel free to bring a buddy, a customer, a co-worker, or your spouse (please register each).

Manufacturing Impacts Through Energy & Commerce Boot Camp:
Connect. Innovate. Succeed.  
October 6, 2016 9am - 4pm, JMU - Festival Conference & Student Center 

The US Departments of Energy (DOE) and Commerce are committed to supporting US manufacturing through connecting businesses with the resources they need to succeed. Home to some of the world's most powerful lasers, fastest super computers, and talented researchers, the DOE's national labs offer a wealth of technical resources to help industry develop new products and services.

The MITEC (Manufacturing Impacts Through Energy and Commerce) Boot Camp is designed to help small- to medium-sized enterprises access national lab capabilities and assets.

Learn how you can engage with three DOE National Labs --National Re-newable Energy Lab (NREL), Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL), and Jefferson Lab-- to scale a material, utilize a set of mixed equipment for testing with expert advice from a scientist and/or engineer, and more. Leading experts will provide information on several federal funding opportunities to work with the labs.

You will also have a chance to learn how to work with Genedge to integrate new ideas and technologies into your manufacturing.

Keynote by Karen Jackson, Virginia's Secretary of Technology

Agenda:  Panels will discuss the capabilities and resources of NREL, Oak Ridge, and Jefferson national laboratories, how to access these resources (including federal funding opportunities), and how to access assets from the Small Business Development Centers and the Manufacturing Extension Partnerships to help your business thrive. Ample time will be provided for networking and visiting exhibits 
More info and registration for the Oct 6 Virginia Boot Camp at JMU

Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund Information Session 
October 12, 2016; 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm | JMU  Ice House, rm117

Registration form:

Governor's Competition for Talent Solutions
Talent Solutions Competition: Grant applications now available on the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) website
Virginia must shift the paradigm through which the state has delivered workforce development solutions to meet the human capital needs of the private sector.  The Governor's Competition for Talent Solutions puts primary ownership for regional workforce solutions in the hands of the private sector. For the first time in Virginia's Workforce System, private businesses that employ cutting-edge, innovative solutions to address the skills shortfall many workers bring to the workplace will now have the opportunity to receive state funds to leverage private investment in workforce development.   

Businesses may choose to target grant funded workforce development activities using their choice of training methods: classroom, online, cooperative education, internships, on the job training, registered apprenticeships, any combination of these, or any other talent development strategies.

View the RFP:  HTML |  PDF 

Before you submit your proposal online, please  review the form and make sure you have all the required information available and ready.

Applications are due on or before September 30, 2016. Funding awards will be announced by October 28, 2016. Awarded funds will be available November 21, 2016 to December 31, 2018.

CIT Assists Powhatan County with Broadband Assessment & Expansion Plan
Powhatan County partners with SCS Broadband to expand broadband services

September 13, 2016 (HERNDON, Va.) - The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) announced today a major step in its collaborative work with Powhatan County in which a countywide broadband assessment was conducted in order to identify Powhatan's broadband goals. CIT worked with the county administration and their advisory committee to complete the broadband assessment which included a comprehensive citizen survey, identification of assets, a review of the county's broadband demand and the creation of a request for proposals (RFP).  
Powhatan followed Virginia's Broadband Toolkit and worked with CIT's broadband team to identify their needs, options and assets leading them to identify SCS Broadband as a private partner to work with to expand broadband access to their unserved areas.
"CIT staff and the Broadband Toolkit provided invaluable support and saved Powhatan County the cost of a consultant by conducting the citizen survey, identifying our assets and guiding us through the RFP process.  Sandie Terry and her staff are extremely knowledgeable and helpful," said Patricia Weiler, Powhatan County Administrator.
Clay Stewart with SCS Broadband said, "We look forward to partnering with Powhatan County in combining resources to make a successful and sustainable broadband expansion to underserved citizens and businesses across Powhatan County." SCS has over 10 years of experience in delivering broadband service in Virginia using advanced wireless and fiber technology.
Virginia's Broadband Toolkit is designed to ultimately identify potential partnerships and funding opportunities to bring high speed broadband to the citizens across the Commonwealth of Virginia. To learn more about the toolkit or to help bring broadband to your region, visit
"The proven methodology in our broadband toolkit and the willingness of the Powhatan county team to follow it embodies our strategic mission to boost the quality of life and economic development potential of the underserved areas of the Commonwealth," said Sandie Terry, CIT's Vice President of Broadband. "We applaud the Powhatan officials for taking the initiative and we hope this can serve as a roadmap not only for rural areas, but also for other areas of Virginia that want to prepare for the future by ensuring they have the broadband access and capacity needed to support the community."
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. 
For the web version of this release, visit:

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


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SVTC Level I Member News: Lenhart Pettit Attorneys at Law 
Eleven Lenhart Pettit Attorneys Named in the  2017 Edition of Best Lawyers in America ®

Lenhart Pettit announces that eleven of its lawyers were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2017 edition of Best Lawyers in America ®.  ( Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC ).  The attorneys listed include Michael E. Derdeyn, Ralph L. Feil, John W. Flora, Lisa Anne Hawkins, Richard H. Howard-Smith, Jeffrey G. Lenhart, Donald D. Long, Jennifer E. Shirkey, Bill Shmidheiser, Cathleen P. Welsh and J. Page Williams.  Mr. Derdeyn was selected in the practice area of Commercial Litigation, Mr. Feil was selected in the practice area of Real Estate Law, Mr. Flora was selected in the practice area of Tax Law and Trusts and Estates; Ms. Hawkins was selected in the practice of Real Estate Law, Mr. Howard-Smith was selected in the practice areas of Tax Law and Trusts and Estates, Mr. Lenhart was selected in the practice areas of Corporate Law, Health Care Law, and Tax Law; Mr. Long was selected in the practice area of Securities/Capital Markets Law; Ms. Shirkey was selected in the practice area of Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; Mr. Shmidheiser was selected in the practice areas of Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, and Litigation-Bankruptcy; Ms. Welsh was selected in the practice areas of Employment Law-Management, Litigation- Labor & Employment, and Workers' Compensation Law-Employers, and Mr. Williams was selected in the practice of Real Estate Law. 

In addition, the firm is pleased to announce that Cathleen P. Welsh has again been named Best Lawyers' "Lawyer of the Year" for 2017 in Employment Law - Management and Jeffrey G. Lenhart has again been named Best Lawyers' "Lawyer of the Year" for 2017 in Tax Law for the Charlottesville metropolitan area.  Harrisonburg and other areas outside of the City of Charlottesville are included in Best Lawyer's "Charlottesville metropolitan area."

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. Over 83,000 leading attorneys globally are eligible to vote, and we have received more than 13 million votes to date on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world. For the 2017 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, 7.3 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in almost 55,000 leading lawyers being included in the new edition. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers "the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice."

For more information please visit:

Highlig hting Renewing Level III Member: 
Rockingham Group

The Rockingham Group is a property & casualty insurance company that provides coverage for homes, farms, rental dwellings, autos, and businesses in more than forty states and the international community. Since 1869, the Rockingham Group's continuing focus on personalized customer service and reliability has helped attract generations of customers that have looked to them for insurance to provide security and peace of mind. They are rated A (excellent) by the insurance industry rating organization A. M. Best Company.


Highlighting New Level I Member: 
NET100, Ltd

NET100, Ltd is your one source for network infrastructure, NET100 teams with the cabling industry's leaders to deliver solutions that provide a superior, reliable foundation for your Information Technology requirements. Providing CAT5E, 6, 6A, Fiber Optics, CATV, Outside Plant, Air Blown Fiber, PON, DAS and Data Center solutions. NET100's standards of quality are evident in our dedication to our trained personnel. We have a large number of BICSI registered installers, technicians and RCDD's on staff, as well as DCJS registered personnel for your security cabling needs. We offer the latest testing equipment and complete documentation so you can rest assured once your project is complete. NET100 places a high value on teamwork and communication, our project managers are involved directly with our customers to provide support throughout every project. At NET100 our focus is centered on quality workmanship, a timely installation and building a partnership with each of our clients.


Highlighting Renewing Level I Member:
City of Staunton IT Department, Kurt Plowman

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: Systems Development Analyst
From: Rockingham Group

The Rockingham Group has a great opportunity for a motivated individual with the right balance of technical and communication skills.  This position requires the ability to provide innovative and well-thought-out use of technology to plan, develop, and implement financial services transactions.

For all the details please visit the RG job openings page  << RG Systems Development Analyst >>   and interested applicants should submit a resume to


The SVTC's FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Team Sponsorship application has been posted 
SVTC will cover HALF the start-up cost for a NEW SHENANDOAH VALLEY TEAM!

As you probably know, we care about STEM activities and projects that lead to STEM-field careers -- and for that reason we will again support three new Shen. Valley FIRST  Lego League (FLL) teams with a sponsorship that reimburses approx. half of their start-up cost. Last year, one of them fared so well at the regional, and then the state competition, that they went on to compete at the world festival in St. Louis in April. We are very proud of these guys and their coaches and mentors. 


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.
FLL  Introduces younger students to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. FLL teams, guided by their imaginations and adult coaches, discover exciting career possibilities and, through the process, learn to make positive contributions to society.
Elementary and middle-school students get to:
  •   Design, build, test and program robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technology
  •   Apply real-world math and science concepts
  •   Research challenges facing today's scientists
  •   Learn critical thinking, team-building and presentation skills 
  •   Participate in tournaments and celebrations
Considering starting a team?  Technical or technology experience or background  NOT REQUIRED! (And team members can come from any setting, not just school-based.)

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