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June 6, 2014 
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SVTC Members-only Tour: June 19 to Dynamic Aviation (pre-registration required)
Member News: CIT Announces 3 Million in Commercialization investment
"Blueprint Virginia" Breakfast with the Greater Augusta Regional Chamber, June 18
Bits & Grits June 17
Member News: Del. Steve Landes receives Va. Chamber of Commerce Award
Virginia WISP Roundup is June 18
Valley Business Keynote speaker announcement for July 24, 2014
Summer time - planning time! Help us plan our Sept 2014 - June 2015 luncheons and events.
Highlighting Renewing Member Lumos Networks
Highlighting Renewing Members Shenandoah County Economic Development
SVTC Members-Only Tour & Lunch: Dynamic Aviation
Thursday, June 19, 2014, 11 AM- 1PM

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Dynamic Aviation is the leading provider of innovative aviation solutions for government and commercial organizations worldwide, with more than 150 aircraft and a seventy-five-year legacy of aviation excellence.  At our headquarters in Bridgewater, Virginia, Dynamic Aviation operates a heavy maintenance and modification center, engine shop, and a privately owned airport.  Dynamic Aviation's Bridgewater Airpark is a dedicated, private facility that is ideal for research, development, test, and evaluation. An Aviation Technology Zone with hundreds of acres of property and multiple layers of security, Bridgewater Airpark is an invaluable resource that allows our customers to test equipment, strategies, and techniques before placing them in service. 

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Dynamic Aviation is not only welcoming SVTC members to their facility but will also feed us lunch! 
This luncheon has limited capacity so it's: First Come, First Served. Registration will close at 10 AM on June 17 or when we've reached capacity.

Not sure if you're a member?  Use our membership directory  to see if your company / employer has a membership. And if not, please become a member: SVTC Membership application  
Member News:  CIT Announces 3 Million in Commercialization Investment

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The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) announced 38 Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF) awards totaling nearly $3 million for the purpose of funding targeted areas of research with commercial promise.  Twenty-seven organizations from academia and industry in the Commonwealth received this commercialization support, which is aligned with the Commonwealth Research and Technology (R&T) Strategic Roadmap.  Recipients are from across the state including Harrisonburg, Lexington, and Blacksburg  .

Pete Jobse, CIT President and CEO, said, "These awards continue the CRCF mission to advance crucial research and commercialization projects that foster innovation and new economic development opportunities across Virginia."


"We were very pleased to receive an exceptionally strong set of proposals this round. The proposals that were awarded continue to support goals and industry opportunities identified in the Commonwealth Research and Technology Strategic Roadmap," said Nancy Vorona, Vice President of CIT R&D.



Member News:  Greater Augusta Regional Chamber to host "Blueprint Virginia" Breakfast
Wednesday June 18, 2014, 8-9:30 AM, Holiday Inn Staunton Conference Center

Blueprint Virginia--Local Forecasts for Business from a Global Perspective Breakfast

Blueprint Virginia is facilitated by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce and is a comprehensive effort to provide business leadership, direction and long- range economic development planning for Virginia. This year-long initiative will bring together all sectors of economic development to craft a strategy that will present our elected officials a roadmap for economic competitiveness for the Commonwealth. Keynote speaker for the breakfast on June 18 will be Barry DuVal, president and CEO of Virginia Chamber of Commerce on "Blueprint Virginia Roll-out and Implementation."  There will also be presentations from area economic development officials and the presentation of the "Blueprint Excellence Awards."

Event including breakfast is $15 for Chamber members and $20 for non-members.

More information about the Blueprint Virginia Initiative

Bits & Grits Staunton, Monthly Networking Breakfast
June 17, 8AM-9AM, Mrs. Rowes Restaurant

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. On the third Tuesday of each month at 8am, Mrs. Rowes Restaurant, Staunton. There's no registration, no speaker, no topic. There is however excellent breakfast and tech talk galore! Easy peasy.

Hosted by SVTC board member Kurt Plowman

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Member News:  Delegate Steve Landes receives award from Va. Chamber of Commerce

Delegate Steve Landes was recently honored with the "Champions of Free Enterprise Award" by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce. This year, 54 legislators were distinguished with this award for their 100% voting record on initiatives that help move Virginia forward in business. The Chamber released its annual Legislative Report Card, which grades legislators based on their support of pro-business issues during the Virginia General Assembly Session.

Delegate Landes said that the award is a validation of fulfilling his campaign promise to promote economic development and advocate for the business community.

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Virginia Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISP)  Roundup
Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Virginia State Capitol

Have you never heard of WISPA (Wireless Internet Service Providers Association)?  Did you know there are over 800 members nationally from the WISP Industry that have developed a grassroots community that advocates to the FCC and Congress for better rules and laws to protect our interests.


This Virginia WISP Roundup is an excellent opportunity for local government leaders (and others) to meet Broadband Service Providers that have the best technology for making the business case for rural areas, learn about fixed wireless technology capabilities and speak to the providers about ways to partner and bring broadband to your constituency. Registration is only $10 (Continental breakfast as well as lunch are included). Day of activities includes keynote address from Virginia Secretary of Technology Karen Jackson, presentation by CIT, and discussion of the Rural Broadband Experiments Program.

Sponsored by SVTC members: Shentel & CIT (Center for Innovative Technology), among others. 


Register here to attend this meeting to discuss fixed wireless broadband options in the Commonwealth.  Low $10 registration fee for all attendees and lunch is provided.


Seating is limited, don't delay in registering. PDF of Agenda and other information 


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Valley Business Keynote:  "Leadership & Your Future World Of Work"  
Mark Fernandes
Thursday, 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.

Mark Fernandes' Speaking Montage
Mark Fernandes' Speaking Montage


The second annual Valley Business Keynote is scheduled for July 24, 2014.  The keynote speaker will be Mark Fernandes, Chief Leadership Officer with the Luck Companies in Goochland, VA.  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. Members of the VBK committee have had the privilege of hearing Mark speak in person and are enthused about bringing him to our area.  


More information, sponsorship and registration: Valley Business Keynote.  


Sponsored by SVTC members Wharton, Aldhiser & Weaver, Immerge Technologies, Rockingham Group and Dynamic Aviation, among others.  There are a limited number of (free & otherwise) tickets available.  This event is likely to fill quickly, do not wait to reserve your seat. 


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Summer time - planning time! Help us plan our Sept 2014 - June 2015 luncheons and events. What Interests You?
We'd like your suggestions for luncheon topics, speakers, and "field trips".

Take a quick minute and tell us about topics, speakers, locations you want to hear about or visit in this coming year. What are the trends? What makes a techie's heart skip a beat? What could we schedule to bring more users and creators in?  Is there something you'd like to see or present to the group (barring shameless self promotion)?  Is there a member group or other local organization or program you'd like to hear from or to visit?  (We are a not for profit so we look for speakers from the Valley w/out travel or other expenses).  What about social events -- would you make room on your calendar?


Please lend a hand and contribute your suggestions for our Sept 2014- June 2015 planning:


In case you wonder what topics we've had in the past, here is a pdf:

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Welcome Back Level 3 Member Lumos Networks
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Lumos Networks is a telecommunications service provider in the Mid-Atlantic region, based in Waynesboro. We provide leading-edge data, broadband, voice and IP services to carrier, business and residential customers over a dense 5,800 route-mile fiber network. We follow a strategy of being first to our regional markets with technology and services first introduced in metropolitan areas by national service providers. Lumos Networks serves Virginia, West Virginia, and portions of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Ohio. Our product offerings include high-speed transport, wavelengths and Metro Ethernet. We use an on-network service strategy that ensures redundancy and reliability. High-quality SONET, IP and Ethernet network architectures satisfy the most complex communication needs. Our diversified portfolio is attractive to carriers with needs for transport and fiber to the cell site, and to regional enterprise customers seeking high-quality data and IP services and interconnection to data centers.

Welcome Back Level 1 Member Shenandoah County Economic Development

There's Only One Shenandoah County in the Shenandoah Valley. Located in the northern Shenandoah Valley, Shenandoah County is set against a backdrop of the beautiful Allegheny and Blue Ridge Mountains. Our small towns are like a string of pearls along the Old Valley Pike, Route 11. These friendly towns, each one with its own historic flavor, are great places to live. Shenandoah County has everything for your business needs....ready-to-go sites and building for industrial, research, and technology activities; excellent distribution system (I-81 and I-66); family-friendly communities and access to a wide range of outstanding recreational and cultural events. We are ready to assist you.

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