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March 28, 2014 
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Tech Nite 14 looking ahead to May 7
SVTC seeks Candidates for Board of Directors by 3/28/2014
Greater Augusta Chamber's Annual Awards Dinner is April 8
CIT Workshop SBIR/STTR Funding Strategies April 22-23
Rockingham Group's Menefee named to IIHS Chairman Position
VLDS Insights Conference--"Bridging the Digital Divide"

Tech Nite 14 - May 7, 2014
Karen Jackson,
Virginia Secretary of Technology to Keynote Tech Nite 14 Awards
 Secretary of Technology, Karen Jackson previously served as the Deputy Secretary of Technology for the Commonwealth of Virginia. In this capacity, she served as a senior adviser to the Governor on technology matters including modeling and simulation, telecommunications, telework, and unmanned aerial systems. In these areas, she was responsible for policy and legislative initiatives as well as developing programs to facilitate innovation, collaborations, technology development and adoption. Prior to her current appointment, she served as Deputy Secretary of Technology and director of the Commonwealth's Office of Telework Promotion and Broadband Assistance for the Kaine Administration.


Ms. Jackson has been actively engaged in the federal policy initiatives including the development of the National Broadband Plan. She received a 2009 IP3 award from Public Knowledge for her work in information policy and was named to Government Technology's 2010 list of the top 25 Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers. She holds a bachelor's of science in business management from Christopher Newport University and a master's of business administration from The College of William and Mary.


Once a year, the SVTC highlights the successes of technology firms, organizations and programs in the region and the entrepreneurs, innovators, leaders and educators behind those successes by honoring award recipients in 6 categories at its Tech Nite Awards Gala. This is the council's biggest event of the year.  Reservations will open in April.  
  • High Tech Entrepreneur Award (sponsored by JMU College of Integrated Science & Engineering and JMU CoB Center for Entrepreneurship)
  • High Tech Company Award (sponsored by Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver, PLC)
  • Dr. John Noftsinger Leadership Award (sponsored by LeClairRyan)
  • Innovation in Higher Education Award (sponsored by Lumos Networks)
  • Innovation in K - 12 Education Award (sponsored by Verizon)
  • Innovative Technology Application Award (sponsored by the Center for Innovative Technology)

SVTC Board Elections
Seeking Candidates for SVTC Board of Directors, Class II


SVTC members vote once a year on who will join its Board of Directors for a 2-year term.  Our board is divided into 2 groups, and this year the term for "Class II" expires on June 30th and a new group of directors will be elected this spring. 

To get started with this year's nomination and voting process, we are seeking suggestions for candidates to be considered for the slate.  Nominations should be made
to the Organization and Governance Committee by sending an email to Board Secretary, Heather Watson
by March 28 (today!).


The SVTC Executive Committee will review the suggestions and then the whole Board of Directors will review the candidate slate at a meeting in April.  After the slate has been approved, our membership will vote online in May. Voting links and instructions will be shared with each SVTC member. Special arrangements can be made to vote via paper ballot at our annual meeting scheduled for May 21, 2014.

We appreciate our membership's active participation in this process. 


List of current SVTC board members    


Greater Augusta Regional Chamber's Annual Award Meeting & Dinner

April 8, 2014 Stonewall Jackson Hotel & Conference Center, Staunton

The Annual Business and Awards Ceremony is also the Greater Augusta Regional Chamber's annual meeting and board installation.  The evening starts with a cocktail reception and silent auction.  Then dinner and a keynote address and ends with awards for local businesses. The Board of Directors will recognize outstanding member businesses in Industry, Small Business, Agriculture, Community Organization, Entrepreneurship, Tourism and Citizen of the Year. The Chamber staff will also honor their choices for Outstanding Sponsor, Volunteer and Ambassador of the Year.   


NASCAR Driver Ryan Newman 2008, Daytona 500 & 2013 Brickyard Winner, and his wife, Krissie, CEO of Rescue Ranch, will give the keynote address on becoming entrepreneurs, the ups and downs of starting a business from the ground up and creative ways to fund raise and develop partnerships in the community.


For more information, to sponsor or purchase tickets use this link  to go to

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2014 Mid-Atlantic SBIR/STTR Funding Strategies Symposium

CIT two day workshop--April 22-23, Herndon, VA

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This low cost, two day event features introductory and advanced discussions of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. One and two day regstration options available. Just $95 per person for two full days!


  • Learn how to apply for the $2.5B in funding from 11 federal agencies to perform early stage R&D. SBIR/STTR veterans can learn about recent important program changes and how to improve phase II and phase III success rates.   
  • Meet with several Federal Agencies
    to discuss your technology and possible fit with their mission.  
  • Meet with multiple prime contractors and key strategic business services & state support for early stage entrepreneurs - key contacts to help your proposal development.


LOCATION:  Center for Innovative Technology, 2214 Rock Hill Rd., Herndon, VA 20170

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Member News:  Rockingham Group's W. Neal Menefee named as Chairman-elect of Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Board of Directors

 Neal Menefee, president and chief operating officer of Harrisonburg -based Rockingham Group Insurance has been named as chairman-elect of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety board of directors.  Mr. Menefee will assume the role next year.The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is an independent, nonprofit scientific and educational organization dedicated to reducing the losses - deaths, injuries and property damage - from crashes on the nation's roads.  For decades, IIHS has been a leader in finding out what works and doesn't work to prevent motor vehicle crashes from happening in the first place and to minimize injuries in the crashes that still occur.  The IIHS is based in Arlington, VA. 

Congratulations, Neal Menefee!!

Insights Conference--"Bridging the Data Divide,"
Who Should Attend?  Agency Staff  +  Data Providers  +  Education Professionals  +  Entrepreneurs  +  Researchers  +  Workforce Professionals

The second annual Insights Conference will be held on Tuesday, June 24, 2012 at the Hilton Richmond Hotel & Conference Center. The conference theme, "Bridging the Data Divide," will emphasize how the Virginia Longitudinal Data System (VLDS) is bridging the data divide among citizens, researchers, and policymakers by providing a single point of access for educational and workforce information. The conference will open at 8:00 AM with registration, networking, and a demonstration of VLDS. Sessions will run from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM with a break for lunch.

Speakers will include Aneesh Chopra, Virginia's former Secretary of Technology, who also was appointed by President Obama as the nation's first Chief Technology Officer, and Karen Jackson, the newly appointed Secretary of Technology for the Commonwealth. Registration for participants and speakers is now open.

The conference will offer an exciting agenda covering a wide variety of interesting topics, including Adult Ed-PluggedIn VA Research Project, Bridging the Data Divide, CCR Project Update, CTE Research Project, Data Needs Assessment Project, Dynamic Data Divisions, Early Childhood Advances, HB 886: Making Student Progression and Outcomes Data Part of the Advising Process, Long-term Outcomes of Graduate Wate Data, Peer Schools Project, The Power of VLDS, Rethink Education: an Entrepreneurial Perspective, Return on Investment in the Workforce, SIG Schools Project, Teacher Preparation in Virginia and Workforce Data Update.

Register now for the Early Bird price of $75.  Space is limited and rates will increase.
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