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February 21, 2014 
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CIT announces Broadband Strategy Workshop in Luray
Hbg City Schools to host STEM Day 2/22
Shenandoah Valley Leadership Pinnacle, March 19, registration is open
CIT announces update to Commonwealth Technology Roadmap
"Original Tuesdays" Business Networking 2/25
GARCC Business & Technology Showcase rescheduled for 3/4
ModSim Entrepreneurship Competition
Solutions Place to host supply chain workshop

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 (



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.  


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Shenandoah Valley Leadership Pinnacle, registration is open

Hosted by Senator Mark Warner

Holiday Inn Golf & Conference Center, Staunton 

1 - 5 pm, reception to follow




Representing the pinnacle of success, the Shenandoah Valley has long enjoyed a healthy and vibrant economy. 
You're invited to join Valley leaders to explore areas of opportunity for the Shenandoah Valley that incorporate innovation, collaboration and entrepreneurship.


  •  Keynote remarks by Senator Mark R. Warner
  • Regional Industry Leadership Panel Discussion facilitated by Martin Briley, President of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership. 
  • Regional Education Leadership Panel Discussion facilitated by Dr. John Downey, President of Blue Ridge Community College. 


CIT works to refresh Commonwealth Research & Technology Strategic Roadmap
Including update to SRI Shenandoah Valley

The Center for Innovative Technology announced Feb. 20 updates to the Commonwealth Research and Technology Strategic Roadmap, a comprehensive and ongoing evaluation of the Commonwealth's research initiatives that identifies strategic technology priorities throughout Virginia, including at its universities, federal labs and other institutions. The most recent Roadmap updates include refreshed profiles for Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and SRI Shenandoah Valley

Virginia Secretary of Technology Karen Jackson said, "The Roadmap is a great way for us to identify Virginia's research strengths and strategic opportunities. The ongoing work at these two organizations demonstrates some of the exciting possibilities for research and technology development and commercialization."

SRI SV, formerly known as the SRI Center for Advanced Drug Research (SRI CADRE), is a life science-focused research center that advances the productivity of the pharmaceutical industry, as well as government agencies and foundations. SRI SV is helping the nation develop life-saving treatments for major health challenges, such as biomarkers, cancer, and infectious diseases, neglected and rare diseases such as dengue fever, and new ways to neutralize biothreats. SRI SV plans to engage increasingly in technology commercialization, partnering with large pharmaceutical and technology companies for research and development activities.


The Roadmap was created by the Virginia Assembly in 2011 and first published in October 2011. It is a comprehensive planning tool used to identify research areas worthy of economic development and institutional focus in Virginia; industry sectors identified in the Roadmap are considered commercially promising and are expected to drive economic growth across the state. In addition, they guide and prioritize Commonwealth investments in research, such as those by the Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF). CRCF was appropriated $4.8 million for FY2014.

Link to full CIT press release    


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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 attendNo 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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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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Modeling & Simulation Entrepreneurship Competition Begins March 1
Cash prize, industry exposure,expert feedback
MODSIM World Conference 2014
MODSIM World Conference 2014
  • Are you an entrepreneur using Modeling or Simulation tools to solve problems in Manufacturing, Energy, Finance, Transportation, Retail, Serious Gaming, or other industry?
  • Does your new approach create opportunities for non-experts to use ModSim tools to solve new and important problems?
  • Would you like to help the world see how ModSim makes a difference in unexpected places?
We're looking for individuals, small teams, and existing small businesses who believe their new product or service has the potential to grow to significant size and value! Teams may include a large business in a form of a mentor, where cash winnings will go to the individual/small business.To enter submit a short pitch of your idea here.
The competition will begin on March 1, 2014 and will consist of two phases. The first round of the competition will be held online via MODSIM World Conference website . Public will be asked to vote on their favorite ideas. The finalists with the most votes will be invited to participate in the finals at MODSIM World Conference on April 16th, 2014 and pitch their idea live to a panel of distinguished subject matter experts for a chance to win a cash prize.
Or use social media--every week MODSIM World Conference Facebook page will showcase a new contestant and their idea. The contestant with the most "likes" will have a guaranteed spot in the finals.

MODSim World 2014 will be April 15-17 at the Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton, VA.  MODSIM world vision - MODSIM World strives to become the premier international conference and exposition for collaboration and transfer of M&S knowledge, new research, development and applied technology across all public and private sectors.
Find full PDF press release on SVTC website/ news

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Member News:  Solutions Place to host S4 Lean Workshop for Supply Chain

March 18, 2014 8am-4:30 pm



Solutions Place/Allied Logistics of Waynesboro has an upcoming S4Lean Workshop with Live Simulation, presented by Volvo.  This Supply Chain Logistic Optimization workshop will take place at One Solutions Way, Waynesboro, VA 22980.  $249 pp includes continental breakfast,lunch, course materials, and certificate of completion.    

This will be an invaluable workshop and is ideal for Operations/Supply Chain Managers in addition to Financial Managersin regard to competitiveness, profitability, and performance.


S4Lean™ is a hands-on workshop focusing on Supply Chain Logistic Optimization using a live simulation model centered on Volvo Truck's innovative I-Shift automated mechanical transmission.Attendees can easily observe the interactions of a working supply chain from a functional perspective. The simulation itself provides a hands-on learning experience that dramatically impacts their perceptions about the concepts of Supply Chain, Lean Enterprise, and Just-In-Time Management.S4Lean™reinforces supply chain logistics theories, concepts, and methods assisting organizations to improve their competitiveness, profitability, and performance. Attendees come away from the workshop better prepared to understand how Lean Enterprises succeed in today's global economy.


For more information 

Or use this link to register: 

PDF about the event

Or use the SVTC Calendar
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