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January 10, 2014 
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SVTC January 23 Luncheon: Cleantech Inventions & Innovation
CIT announces 5 Million in commercialization funds
Commonwealth Innovation and Entrepreneurship Measurement System Launch
Shenandoah Valley Startup Weekend is fast approaching
JMU InfoSec program ranked 9th in nation
WAW Senior Partner selected as Fellow of Virginia Law
7.4 Million local investment announced
Upcoming Events
SVTC January 23 Luncheon:
Cleantech Inventions & Innovation -- Nationally and Close to Home
Michael Bowman, Way Better Patents

January 23, 2012 11:45-1:00
Wood Grill 1711 Reservoir St. Harrisonburg
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Networking starts at 11:45 am. Dutch treat. Members and Non-members welcome. Registration appreciated but not required. Registration enables us to bring pre-printed name tags and anticipate our attendance.

Michael Bowman with Way Better Patents will present on
"Clean, green, sustainable technology is central to conserving resources, reducing pollution, meeting sustainable development goals, and using existing energy resources more efficiently while accessing new and alternative energy sources. The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) continues to release new clean tech inventions. This talk will give an overview of broad trends in innovations under USPTO's 'Green Technology Pilot Program', and will look at some of the innovations coming from Virginia's inventors."    
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CIT announces 5 million available in CRCF funds for FY2014
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The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) announced today the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF) FY2014 spring solicitation.  CRCF Advances science- and technology-based research, development and commercialization to drive economic growth in Virginia, strengthen collaboration and partnership between the public and private sectors, and foster high-potential technology companies.


This round funding, for nearly $5 million, opens on January 9, 2014: award announcements are planned for early June 2014.  The solicitation targets research and commercialization performed by Virginia public and private universities, nonprofit research institutions, and young companies. 


Applicants must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) by Friday, January 31, 2014 to be eligible to submit an application; applications are due by Friday, Feb. 21.


Pete Jobse, CIT President and CEO, said, "CRCF awards contribute to the Commonwealth's overall plan to enhance economic development through technology research and commercialization. This solicitation continues the Fund's mission to drive smart investment decisions that will spur innovation and create successful companies."


Details on the FY2014 spring solicitation, including program guidelines, sample applications, proposal and budget templates, FAQs, and webinars are available on CIT's website at


Questions regarding this solicitation should be directed to

Governor McDonnell Announces Launch of the Commonwealth Innovation and Entrepreneurship Measurement System

Governor Bob McDonnell announced the launch of the Commonwealth Innovation and Entrepreneurship Measurement System (IEMS), a web-based portal that uses key metrics and outcomes to track the performance of Virginia's innovation economy.


The IEMS was developed by Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) to further the work of the  Commonwealth Research and Technology Strategic Roadmap, which links funding for research commercialization projects to Virginia's strategic technology priorities. The IEMS measures five key performance areas of Virginia's Innovation Economy, as well as the economic impact of innovation and entrepreneurship. 

Those five key areas are:
Speaking about the new system, Governor McDonnell said, "This system, which is available to the public, provides a dashboard and strategic path to new opportunities in the innovation economy using key indicators that can assist lawmakers, industry leaders and other stakeholders determine the best public-private investment priorities and policies. This program is an excellent example of how we can utilize creative solutions to empower the emerging economy and help create the jobs of the future."

For the web version of this release, visit:


Use this link to the IEMS portal
Startup Weekend: Call for entrepreneurs, designers, programmers & makers.
February 7-9, 2014, JMU's Showker Hall
Discounted Registration Ends Jan. 22

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active & empowered entrepreneurs having hosted over 400 events in 100 countries around the world.
Startup Weekend is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization with funding and support provided by groups such as The Kauffman Foundation and Google for entrepreneurs.  Shenandoah Valley Startup Weekend is presented by the Shenandoah Valley Innovation Coalition (SVIC) as part of their mission to work across business, local government and academia to accelerate growth in the valley. 
 Startup Weekend FAQs 
  • Is Startup Weekend for me? Startup Weekend attendees' backgrounds are roughly 50% technical (developers, coders, designers) and 50% business (marketing, finance, law). What unites all attendees is a common interest in entrepreneurship: whether a serial entrepreneur or new to the startup scene, every attendee is interested in working with a like-minded, motivated and skilled team to develop a product or business in one weekend. If this sounds like you, this is the event for you!
  • What types of ideas can I pitch?  Any business ideas are eligible (whether for-profit, 'social' businesses, non-profit organizations, etc.), however the event is strongly tech-oriented. Approximately 95% of all ideas are mobile or web focused, and given the short time-frame, we strongly recommend that even non-tech ideas focus on a tech-related deliverable (i.e., website) by Sunday.
  • What is the purpose and benefits of the competition?  Competition is not a central theme of Startup Weekend, and this is often reflected in the broad, horizontal allocation of prizes and general flexibility/leniency of the event 'rules.' If and when the competitive aspect comes into conflict with the positive atmosphere we try to cultivate, we consistently choose the latter.We do believe, however, that friendly competition isbeneficial to all parties and, most importantly, more accurately reflects the realities of startup life. Just as it's important to gather 'real-world' feedback over the weekend, it's also important to have real-world pressures and obstacles.
For more Startup Weekend FAQs  
for more information about the event including a schedule and registration.Early bird pricing is available until Jan. 15, 2014
Member News: JMU Information Security MBA Program ranked #9 in the nation
by U.S.News and World Report
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 The JMU College of Business Information Security (InfoSec) MBA program has been ranked 9th in the nation for online graduate business programs by U.S. News & World Report. The rankings included 172 other online MBA programs.  JMU is the top ranked program in Virginia.  


For the 2014 Best Online Business Programs rankings, U.S. News decreased the emphasis on admissions selectivity and peer reputation while increasing the weight of student engagement, faculty credentials and training, and student services and technology.  


Dean Mary Gowan says of the honor, "We are pleased to see the national recognition given to our InfoSec MBA program. This program continues to expand each year, with larger entering classes and new offerings for our students. We are proud of our faculty and their hard work and dedication which ensure the sustained success of the program.  This accolade is a testament to the strong, rigorous academic experience that the College of Business and InfoSec MBA program continue to provide students."


MBA Program Director Dr. Michael Busing adds, "This recognition is truly an honor. It would not be possible without our outstanding program faculty. I am grateful to work with such a talented group of individuals."


Member News:  Wharton, Aldhizer & Weaver's Daniel Fitch selected as a Fellow of the Virginia Law Foundation 

Daniel L. Fitch, a Senior Partner of the 160 year-old regional law firm of Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver PLC, has been selected to become a Fellow of the Virginia Law Foundation.  The Fellows program was created in 1983 to recognize excellence in both the practice of law as well as public service.  Selection of Fellows is limited to 1% of active and associate membership of the Virginia State Bar.
The ongoing membership of the Fellows is comprised of outstanding lawyers, law professors and retired and senior status members of the judiciary who are recommended by the Virginia Law Foundation Fellows Council and selected by the Virginia Law Foundation Board of Directors.
Mr. Fitch graduated as a Distinguished Cadet from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1978, with a degree in nuclear engineering, finishing 20th in his class.  He has been licensed as a professional engineer in Virginia since 1982 and as a patent attorney before the U.S. Patent office since 2005.  During his military service, he graduated first in his Green Beret training class, was a master parachutist, a combat diver, and an Army Ranger.  
Mr. Fitch's practice includes defending institutions and individuals in civil matters throughout the Central Virginia and Valley of Virginia region.  His practice also encompasses all aspects of intellectual property law (patents, trademarks and copyrights) and construction law.


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Economic Growth in the Valley

Polymer Group Inc. Invests $7.4 Million including Research and Development at Waynesboro Facility

Waynesboro Mayor Bruce Allen announced this week that Polymer Group Inc. (PGI), a global leader in manufacturing nonwovens, will invest $7.4 million to upgrade machinery and expand its manufacturing plant. The improvements will enable PGI to hire up to 20 new employees and update more than 22,000 square feet of workspace.  PGI will hire technical resources for its research and development arm, as well as production operators and line leaders.  


"We are delighted that PGI has selected the Waynesboro facility for the continued research and development of this exciting new product line and the capital investment and new jobs the project brings," said Mayor Allen.


"This is an investment into PGI proprietary technology that will enhance and expand our product and process knowledge to bring new innovations to our customers," said Scott Tracey, Senior Vice President and General Manager PGI Americas.

PGI is the world's largest producer, marketer and developer of nonwoven materials. With the broadest range of process technologies in the nonwovens industry, PGI is a global supplier to leading consumer and industrial product manufacturers. The company operates twenty facilities in thirteen countries throughout the world.

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Welcome new Level III member: Comcast Business

Comcast Business provides advanced solutions to help organizations of all sizes meet their business objectives. Through a modern, company owned advanced network that is backed by 24/7 technical support, Comcast delivers Business Internet, TV, Ethernet and Voice services for cost effective, simplified communications management.

Member contact/ Email:  Denise Davis
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JMU Department of Computer Information Systems and Business Analytics  
The Computer Information Systems and Business Analytics programs at JMU's College of Business combine cutting edge technology with 21st century business practices into a hands-on active-learning environment. Our faculty are dedicated to providing the best possible education and career preparation for students who have the talent and work ethic to succeed in the challenging and rewarding IT marketplace. Students graduating from our programs gain significant analytical, technical, organizational and interpersonal skills so that they can hit the ground running when they begin their careers. It's no wonder that employers and recruiters keep coming back for more!

Member Contact: Mike Mitri
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Lenhart Petit (formerly Lenhart Obenshain)

Feil, Pettit & Williams and Lenhart Obenshain merged practices on January 1, 2014, creating a dynamic 27 lawyer law firm with offices in Charlottesville and Harrisonburg, Virginia.The new firm draws on the senior leadership and strong, experienced rosters of both firms in a broad range of business transactions, litigation, tax and estate planning. The growth in size was mutually appealing as it amplifies both firms' capabilities.
Lenhart Pettit offers superior legal representation and services to business and individual clients throughout Virginia and West Virginia. Whether as a legal counselor in business or financial matters or as an advocate in litigation, we partner with our clients to help them protect and transition their businesses, investments, intellectual property and resources. Lenhart Pettit attorneys have been named in a variety of publications including Virginia Business magazine's Legal Elite, Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America©. With offices in Charlottesville and Harrisonburg, the firm has a very sophisticated practice which emphasizes excellence in professional services and a commitment to clients'  and community needs.


Member Contact:  Cathleen Welsh 

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Augusta County Economic Development  
Augusta County strives to provide a diverse and vibrant economy that offers a broad range of job opportunities in manufacturing, services, tourism and agriculture while supporting the delivery of high quality government services to its citizens. We endeavor to maximize economic opportunities for the area in a cost-effective manner and to provide the necessary resources to support the growth of existing and prospective businesses. Another goal is to create an environment that encourages, values and supports entrepreneurship. We strive to provide a level of awareness amongst students and young adults of the availability of local career and economic opportunities.

Upcoming events:
(some require registration, some do not, please check each one) 
  • Tuesday, January 21:   
    • Bits & Grits Staunton.  Breakfast gathering for tech users and creators in the greater Staunton area. On the third Tuesday of each month at 8am, Mrs. Rowes. 
  • Thursday, January 23: 
    • January SVTC luncheon at Wood Grill. "Cleantech Inventions & Innovation -- Nationally and Close to Home"  See article above for info and registration.   
  • Friday-Sunday, February 7 - 9:  
  • Thursday, February 20 
  • Thursday, March 13: 
    • Pencil this in (and register for it in March): "SVTC Members-Only" -- Behind the scenes tour. (We're working on a tour of JMU's Bridgeforth Stadium -- what technology goes into running the jumbo-tron and a state of the art press box. (Registration will be required -- and the form will be posted early March)
  • Thursday, March 20:
  • Wednesday, May 7: 
    • Tech Nite 14. SVTC and the Valley's tech community's annual awards gala. Pencil the date in your calendar, and in the meantime:
      -- plan on making a nomination in one of the 7 award categories between 2/17 and 3/28. Forms will be posted online in Feb.
      -- consider becoming a sponsor and getting some publicity with the premier tech crowd in the Valley on May 7th. See 
      Tech Nite 2014 for details 
      -- plan on attending, online registration will open mid-April

For more information on these and other SVTC events use our calendar page on

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