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May 23, 2014 
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Unlicensed spectrum announcement from FCC
"Original Tuesdays" Networking event May 27
Virginia Wind Forum June 3rd at JMU
SourceLink Virginia Conference
techie (STEM) summer camps for kids: JMU's Outreach & Engagement
techie (STEM) summer camps for kids: BRCC "Learning Can Be Fun"
Member News:  FCC notes benefits of unlicensed spectrum for broadband

The Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA), a membership organization that promotes the development, advancement and unity of the wireless Internet service provider industry, is pleased that the FCC Commissioners voted today to again recognize the benefits of unlicensed spectrum to the continued growth of broadband and innovation.


"Today's action is a good start and resolves many of the issues for an upcoming incentive auction, but many issues critical to WISPs and the communities they serve must be addressed in future proceedings," said Alex Phillips, FCC Committee Chair for WISPA and CEO of SVTC member HighSpeedLink. "WISPs in America are the first movers in the global white space marketplace. The FCC must use its re-packing tools to enable WISPs to accelerate the deployment of broadband in rural and under-served areas."


In adopting an initial set of rules for the TV band incentive auction scheduled for next year, the FCC set aside unlicensed spectrum for personal/portable use. The next challenge for the FCC is to ensure that unlicensed spectrum remaining in the band remains viable for fixed wireless broadband services in rural areas.  WISPA fully intends to work closely with the FCC to make sure that businesses and consumers continue to enjoy the benefits of TV white space spectrum.


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"Original Tuesday's Networking
May 27th, 5pm-8pm, Holiday Inn Harrisonburg

Connect with great people to promote "word of mouth" for your business, increased sales, or fantastic strategic partnerships!! Everyone is to attend, no charge, and no attendance requirements, no membership dues. No-nonsense networking.  Bring plenty of business cards. Pay it forward and invite your friends.

Come anytime from 5 - 8 PM

Hosted by Johnnie Barr of ActionCOACH and a SVTC Board Member
Holiday Inn, 1400 East Market St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801 


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Virginia Wind Forum
Tuesday, J
une 3rd, All Day Event | James Madison University

Who should attend? Landowners, county officials, rural bankers, agricultural producers, policy makers, manufacturers, developers, educators, researchers, advocates, utilities, economic development specialists, energy specialists, government officials, analysts, legislative and regulatory personnel.


To explore wind energy and to facilitate public dialogue, the American Wind Energy Association AWEA will host a Virginia Wind Forum, in collaboration with partners and colleagues in the state. You'll learn about the benefits and challenges of Virginia's potential for land-based and off-shore wind industry from state policy, industry, government and other thought leaders, as well as experts on national, regional, and state wind markets; grid integration; wildlife impacts and mitigation; economics; local economic development benefits; and water and air impacts. You'll also hear from wind stakeholders, including private and public utilities, county commissioners, agricultural organizations, and landowners.

Don't miss the lunch session, which features a special twist: An expert at each table will lead a discussion on a hot topic, allowing attendees an opportunity for in-depth Q&A.


Event partners include:  The Sierra Club, Southeastern Coastal Wind Coalition, The Virginia Center for Wind Energy (VCWE) at JMU, Department of Environmental Quality (Virginia), Virginia Farm Bureau.    


Additional information, event agendas and registration is available at:   

Registration closes May 30th.  


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SourceLink Virginia: Putting the Pieces Together for Entrepreneurial & Community Development
Monday, June 2 at 5:00 PM  until Wednesday, June 4 at 12:00 PM
Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center 

SourceLink Virginia: Putting the Pieces Together for Entrepreneurial & Community Development - inaugural statewide conference.  The Conference will bring together a broad array of community economic development practitioners from Virginia's rural, suburban and urban areas who are committed to achieving the common goal of sharing best-practices and enhancing opportunities for professional networking and interactive learning. Topics will cover a cross-section of practices and programs designed to stimulate the creation of new ventures, expand existing companies, and generate sustainable job opportunities, thus creating more diverse, stable and distributed local economies. Representatives from small business development centers, tourism promotion agencies, community development financial institutions, Main Street programs, downtown developers, business incubators and more will be on hand to share their experiences and learn from each other. 

The collaborative spirit of the SourceLink Virginia Conference is reflected in the fact that two key VCEN Partners - the Virginia Small Business Development Center Network & Virginia Downtown Development Association - will support the VCEN SourceLink Virginia Conference as their official 2014 annual gathering.  


Registration & Information

or contact the Virginia Community Economic Network at (804)344-5484 x. 124


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Valley Business Keynote: Mark Fernandes, Leadership & Your Future World Of Work 
Thu., July 24, 2014; JMU Festival Center; 11 am - 1 pm 

Mission of the Valley Business Keynote: to facilitate engaging ideas for local leaders and help fulfill the Valley's vast potential by bringing excellent speakers to our area.



The idea of bringing excellent speakers to the Valley and the Valley Business Keynote event was born in March 2013 when committee member Travis Vance heard marketing expert Dave Saunders speak at a Rotary District Conference in Hot Springs, Virginia. Travis got together with Chris Runion and others and their organisations and after a very successful first event in 2013, decided to have another one in 2014. 


 Hence, the 2nd VBK is scheduled for July 24, 2014. 

Mark Fernandes is the Chief Leadership Officer with the Luck Companies in Goochland, VA.  Members of this committee have had the privilege of hearing Mark speak in person.  He has a subtle, yet commanding presence and does a great job engaging audiences of all sizes.  Though he will tailor his speech for our audience, most of his work centers on the idea of Values Based Leadership.  This is a popular new leadership model and Mark does as good of a job as anyone in describing what this means from a practical application. Mark has spoken to business leaders around the world, and was recently named as a "Top 100 Thought Leader in Trustworthy Business" for 2014. 


More information and registration: Valley Business Keynote Attendance is free, but there is a limited number of tickets and it's First Come First Served.


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STEM based Youth Summer Programs
offered by JMU's Outreach and Engagement   

Space Explorers Camp
James Madison University's Outreach and Engagement and the Department of Physics and Astronomy are excited to announce two week-long summer space explorer camps open to all middle-school age students! The camp will be led by Shanil Virani, the director of the John C. Wells Planetarium. Camp-goers will get a perspective of Earth and other planets like an astronaut would. We seek to inspire and excite the next generation of scientists and engineers -The first is a week-long residential space explorer camp for rising 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th graders,where campers will spend the week at JMU July 6-13, 2014.  The second is our day space explorer camp that will be held July 21-25, 2014, for rising 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th graders. More info: Space Explorers Camp

Robotics Camp

This exciting new robotics camp is a challenging program designed for middle school students who want to push robots to the limits.  We'll be using the latest EV3 robot from LEGO.  This platform is a significant improvement from the old NXT - you can control up to 4 motors and 4 sensors simultaneously.  The system has expanded memory, processing power, wifi, and Bluetooth.  All the sensors are more accurate and they've added a gyro sensor that opens a whole realm of possible applications.  You'll learn how to use all the sensors as well as advanced building and programming techniques from two JMU Physics professors - both long-time AFOLs (Adult Fans of LEGO) who use LEGO robots in their college courses. Rising 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th graders. June 23-27, 2014. More info: Robotics Camp


BRCC's  "Learning Can Be Fun" Summer Program offers STEM classes
Over 50 Classes take place over 10 sessions this summer

Let's Animate with Flash! (rising grades 7-12); July 7-11,

Discover the art of animation!  In this fascinating class, you will learn how to make objects move across the screen.  If you can draw, even better; however, even without drawing skills you can begin to make shapes and simple stick figures move.  The key is to let the computer do most of the work for you.  You will learn a bit of computer programming using ActionScript, so the User will be able to interact with your animation.   It will be up to you - the creator of the action!   



Introduction to Robotics (rising grades 2-5) Multiple dates

Have you ever watched a robot and wondered how it works?  This summer, using electronics, you can help build a real working robot arm.  You will be amazed at all the interesting stuff you will find out in this course! This class is a good introductory course to take before taking the Lego robotics course.  


Lego Robotics (rising grades 3-8) Multiple dates

In this class you will be introduced to building and programming robots using the LEGO Mindstorms Robotic Invention System.  You will work in teams to construct a robot, and control it using a computer. You will see the robot move about, react and make sounds based on your own programming.


Industrial Robotics (rising grades 9-12) NEW June 16-20
In this class we will cover the mechanical functionality and programming basics that are a necessary foundation for all industrial robotics.  We will be using a Fanuc LR arm robot.


Classes take place at BRCC's Weyers Cave campus. Most classes cost $129.

More information, dates and registration available at the BRCC/ Learning Can Be Fun website.


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