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February 14, 2014 


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CIT announces Broadband Strategy Workshop in Luray

SVTC's Fri., Feb. 21 Luncheon

Results from Startup Weekend

Bits & Grits Networking Breakfast 2/18

HCPS to host STEM Day 2/22

"Original Tuesdays" Business Networking 2/25

House App Contest Announcement

GARCC Business & Technology Showcase rescheduled for 3/4


CIT Announces First of Series of Broadband Strategy Workshops in Luray

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CIT Broadband service line, Va. Tech and SNG partner to help communities with broadband deployment


February 11, 2014 (HERNDON, Va.) The Center for Innovative Technology announced the first in a series of regional broadband strategies workshops in Luray, Va., on February 26.


Sandie Terry, Program Manager of CIT Broadband, said, "These workshops are focused on helping communities overcome obstacles to broadband access by educating community leaders on strategies to achieve improved broadband access."


The workshop will cover:


  • Virginia's Community Broadband Planning Strategies Guide
  • Virginia's updated Broadband Toolkit
  • Virginia's broadband deployment planning tools
  • A public-private partnership case study
  • A presentation by the President of Fiber to the Home Council of the Americas

Co-hosted by CIT, SNG and Virginia Tech, the workshop will be held at the Page County Government Center (103 S Court St, Luray, VA) on Wednesday, February 26, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  For more information, contact Caroline Stolle (




February 21 SVTC Luncheon (Pre-registration required)
Business Analytics & Intelligence

Friday, Feb. 21; SVTC @ the Ice House
127 W. Bruce St., Harrisonburg  

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Presentation about Business Analytics & Intelligence by Mike Mitri with JMU's Department of Computer Information Systems and Business Analytics. Tour of the collaborative spaces at the Ice House.


Dr. Mitri will discuss four key features of business intelligence: 

  • data warehousing,
  • online analytical processing (OLAP),
  • data visualization, and
  • data mining

He will also talk about current initiatives at JMU, including a proposed "Applied BI Incubator" which will hopefully provide BI expertise to the business community in the Valley.

Location: Google Maps link -- SVTC @ the Ice House (127 W Bruce St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801)

Parking: please park in the Water Street parking deck (corner of Bruce and Liberty). It's not far :-)
[There are a few visitor spaces in the JMU lot across the street on Bruce]

Pre-registration required. Cost of lunch is $10 per person payable via cash or check at the event. We will order a variety of Mr. J's sandwich bagels and sides. // Registration will close 2/19 at noon.


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Results of Harrisonburg Startup Weekend

1st Place - Task Rascal! Task Rascal worked on a cloud based app for the management of chores and tasks for children and parents. This application is a simple tool for assigning children chores and then giving them incentives to get the work done. 

Task Rascal received the following prizes to help them get the business up & running:

  • PBMares: training / hours of tax support
  • Lenhart Pettit: legal assistance
  • Harrisonburg / Rockingham County Chamber of Commerce: a membership
  • Shenandoah Valley Tech Council: a Level I Membership
  • WHSV: a commercial schedule from their stations to use within one year of the Startup Weekend event, valued of $15,000.

More Winners!

  • Best Business Plan - International Bakery
  • Highest Potential - PoWear
  • Honorable Mention - Hunter Valley


Thanks again to all of our participants, sponsors, volunteers, champions, and onlookers for another awesome Startup Weekend in the Shenandoah Valley!


The Shenandoah Valley Startup Weekend Organizers


Bits & Grits Staunton -- networking breakfast in Staunton area   

February 18, 8-9 AM Mrs. Rowes Restaurant


On the third Tuesday of each month at 8am, Mrs. Rowes

Restaurant, Staunton. There's no registration, no speaker, no topic. There's good techie discussion, sometimes questions and opinions, sometimes a good rant or two.  Discussion depends on who's there and what someone wants or needs to talk about or get input on. Always good networking and always lots of food.


Hosted by SVTC board member Kurt Plowman


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Member News:  Harrisonburg City Public Schools to Host STEM Day at Valley Mall 

Saturday, February 22, 10 am-4pm


HCPS invites the Harrisonburg and Rockingham County communities to come celebrate the exciting fields of Science, Math, Engineering and Technology. Students and parents will be able to find exciting demonstrations, hands on activities, and exhibits created by students and teachers of Harrisonburg City Schools.  


 Information page 

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Business Networking Opportunity 

The Original Tuesdays Extravaganza

"The Fourth Tuesday" of each month
February 25, 2014; come anytime from 5 - 8 PM


Connect with great people to promote "word of mouth" for your business, increased sales, or fantastic strategic

partnerships!!  Hosted by Johnnie Barr  of  ActionCOACH and SVTC Board Member.


Everyone is welcome!!  No charge to attend. No attendance requirements.  No membership dues. No-nonsense networking!!  Bring plenty of business cards. Pay it forward and invite your friends.

Holiday Inn, 1400 East Market St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801


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Congressman Goodlatte's Office announces "House App Contest"
Registration open for High School Students

"STEM education is of increasing importance in the United States. As the technology industry continues to grow, so does the demand for those skilled in these fields.  Through the House App Contest, we hope to give students the opportunity to learn about STEM fields as well as develop and highlight their technology skills."


The Congressional STEM Competition was authorized by H.Res 77 to encourage student participation in STEM fields. Initially the competition will be in the field of computer science. Participating students in the district will develop an app on a platform of their choice and submit a video of the functioning app to Challenge.GOV.   The contest opens on February 1, 2014. Students will develop their app for submission in February and March. The final submission deadline is April 30, 2014 at 11:59 p.m.
The overall winner from each district will be featured on House.GOV. There will be a display in the Capitol to honor all of the district winners. 


Contest FAQs


Contest Rules


Additionally, there is also a need for individuals from the community who may be willing to serve as an "advisor" for students participating in the contest from our area.  Advisors can help to answer questions about app development/design.  If you know of anyone who may be interested in serving in this role, please contact Nicky. 



Member News: RESCHEDULED Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce's 2014 "Rockin" Business & Technology Showcase

March 4, 3 PM-7 PM; Best Western Waynesboro


Due to weather concerns GARCC's Business and Technology Showcase has been rescheduled from Feb. 13 to March 4, 2014.  "Rockin" Business & Technology Showcase will feature a vendor showcase, speed networking, and Business After Hours reception. Use the link below for more information and to see vendor or sponsorship opportunities.

 More information here
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