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Tech Nite 12: May 2, 2012 - Deadline to Register Approaches

New Tech Nite 12 Table Sponsor: Harrisonburg City Public Schools

SVTC Bits & Grits: May 15, 2012

Welcome Back Member: HighSpeedLINK

Signs Growing Of Wind Energy Dollars At Work (DNR Article, April 14, 2012)

2012 State Wind Energy Symposium: June 20-June 22, 2012


Tech Nite 12

May 2, 2012

JMU's Festival & Conference Center

5:30 pm Reception

7:00 pm Dinner

7:30 pm Awards presentation


Please make your reservations by April 25th...we are looking forward to seeing you.



This is the evening when we highlight the successes of technology firms, organizations and programs in the region and the entrepreneurs, innovators, leaders and educators behind those successes. We received a record-breaking 33 nominations for the seven awards that will presented at Tech Nite 12.  Join us on May 2nd when we will announce the deserving winners and present the awards.


Cost:  $75 per person 

Click here to make your reservations 


Visit our Tech Nite Details page to find out who has been nominated this year and to learn more about Tech Nite 12.




New Tech Nite 12 Table Sponsor: Harrisonburg City Public Schools


Our thanks to Harrisonburg City Public Schools for their sponsorship.


We still have some open sponsorship opportunities.  Did you know a table sponsorship gives you 8 tickets to the event as well as excellent publicity.  It's a great way to get your name out to the tech crowd on May 2nd.


Take a look at our Tech Nite page for more information.  Sponsorships range from $300 to $1,500 (includes tickets).  Contact to discuss.


Thank you to our Tech Nite 12 Sponsors (to date!):


TN12 All Sponsors

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Bits & Grits

Tuesday, May 15, 2012, 8:00am

Mrs. Rowe's, Staunton


Our regularly scheduled breakfast event is held on the third Tuesday of every month. See you there! Reservations or membership not required.


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Welcome Back Member: HighSpeedLINK


Our thanks to HighSpeedLINK for their membership renewal.


Rural Broadband Network Services LLC t/a highspeedLINK is an IP-based communications provider with headquarters located in Harrisonburg, VA. We provide products and services to customers in Rockingham, Page, Augusta and Shenandoah Counties, including local and long distance telephone services, IP video services, data services for Internet access and wide-area networking. Our focus is on providing communications to under served areas in rural communities.


We also offer alternatives to wire-line telecommunications with our advanced microwave technologies. Our micro-data center can hold thousands of terabytes of data and is connected to a major fiber backbone and is located in close proximity to our customers for on-site access.

For more information visit or call (800) 385-9794.


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Signs Growing Of Wind Energy Dollars At Work (DNR Article, April 14, 2012)

Reprinted with the permission of Emily Sharrer, Daily News-Record.

HARRISONBURG- Two years after an $800,000 State Energy Program grant was awarded to James Madison University's Virginia Center for Wind Energy, the campus is now seeing the money at work.

Installation began last week on a 120-foot-tall, 7.5-kilowatt wind turbine on the university's east campus.

At peak wind speeds, the turbine could power two homes each month.

Weather tracking devices, plus a building to house the turbine's mechanical equipment, bring the project's total cost to just over $1 million, according to Remy Pangle, education and outreach director for the center.

In addition to the state grant, which was paid for by American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds, JMU's Facilities Management put money toward the project.

The turbine will allow wind energy professionals, students and businesses to conduct testing and training at the facility, according to Pangle, who said the facility is the only one of its kind in Virginia.

The data from the small wind center, which pertains to a turbine's cost-effectiveness and energy production, will answer questions about the feasibility of wind energy in Virginia, Pangle said.

The information will be helpful to businesses or homeowners who are considering starting a small-scale wind energy operation to power part of their property, she said.

"The idea is that in the future we could use this platform as a resource [for] the small wind industry," she said. "[People could] come and place their prototype small wind turbine on our tower to measure the [energy] output."

John Miles, director of the wind center, is hoping the wind station's reach goes far beyond JMU.

"It does present to the university and to the state a very unique resource," Miles said. "We're hoping that it's going to be used regularly, not only by our own students and faculty, but [by other Virginia universities] ... and that we'll be able to help advance the workforce in the energy arena going forward."

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"As a technology user and training coordinator, I find the SVTC luncheons a great source of information and networking.  I have developed contracts with businesses and trainers as a result of conversations at the meetings.  SVTC helps me to serve the needs of my customers and clients."

- Mary Sullivan, Training 

  Coordinator, Blue Ridge

  Community College, SV 

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"SVTC membership has been an invaluable asset to Cadence over the years.  As a growing company in this area, our ability to leverage the many available networking activities continues to be an integral part of our on-going success.  Cadence has also benefited from recognition by the SVTC as the High Tech Company at the annual Tech Nite awards event." 


 - Chip Harvill, VP Marketing
   Cadence, Inc.


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2012 State Wind Energy Symposium
June 20 - June 22, 2012
East Campus of James Madison University


The goal of the symposium is to inform stakeholders and other interested parties about the progress that wind power made in the region over the past few years and opportunities for the future.  The Symposium will address timely issues pertaining to wind power development in Virginia and throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region, through a series of workshops and panel discussions. 

This year the Symposium will be held June 20-22, 2012 on the East Campus of James Madison University.

New this year we will be featuring:

  • Tours of our new Small Wind Training and Testing Facility
  • More exhibitors
  • A full 1.5 days of concurrent tracks and panel discussions
  • More time for Q&A in each panel discussion
  • A wind farm tour on the 22nd (limited availability) (TBD)


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