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August 19, 2011 newsletter - click headlines for quick navigation


2011 Governors Technology Awards: Call for Nominations

Accelerate Virginia Project - Participate in Local Broadband Speed Testing

Welcome Back Level III Member: ComSonics

Welcome Back Member: Lefever Associates

Welcome Back Member: Premier Technical Services Corp.

Welcome New Member: Truck Enterprises

SVTC Bits & Grits: Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Job Posting: Enterprise IT Consultant, E-N Computers

Job Posting: PHP Web Developer, Immerge Technologies

Job Posting: Marketing Manager, Virginia Panel Corporation

Job Posting: Manufacturing Process Engineer, Virginia Panel Corporation

Job Posting: Marketing Manager, Lantz Construction


2011 Governors Technology Awards:  Call for Nominations


Virginia governmental entities consistently use information technology (IT) as a powerful tool to improve government service delivery and efficiency. For 14 years, the prestigious Governor's Technology Awards (GTA) program has recognized the success of such projects in the public sector. Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, Secretary of Technology Jim Duffey and Chief Information Officer Sam Nixon officially invite entries to the 2011 awards program in recognition of this important work.

Entries by Virginia public bodies should be submitted by August 23, 2011. Awards will be presented to honorees on behalf of the Governor at a special ceremony during the Commonwealth of Virginia Innovative Technology Symposium (COVITS) on Sept. 26. Nominations will be evaluated by a committee of judges including IT leaders from state agencies, localities, the legislature, courts and education. Executive summaries of winning entries will be posted online to provide inspiration and best practice examples to peers and partners.

The 2011 Governor's Technology Awards categories are:


Online, Not in Line: Recognizes the innovative use of the Web to improve citizen access to and service from governmental entities of any type.


Cross-Boundary Collaboration on IT Service Delivery Initiatives: Recognizes the innovative use of IT to provide government service based on the common needs of the user or economies in service delivery through shared processes. 


Cross-Boundary Collaboration on Modeling and Simulation Initiatives: Recognizes outstanding modeling-simulation university collaborations to solve "real world" challenges. 


IT as Efficiency Driver: Recognizes the innovative use of IT to promote efficiency in government. 


Innovative Application of Modeling and Simulation Techniques: Recognizes excellence in the use of modeling and simulation by a state agency or municipality to solve "real world" problems. 


IT as Economic Development Driver: Recognizes the innovative use of technology to promote economic development in the area served. 


Innovative Use of Technology in Local Government: Recognizes the innovative use of IT to solve a business problem at the local level, where both budgets and staff are often small but the citizen or business needs are significant. 


Innovative Use of Technology in K-12 Education: Recognizes the innovative use of IT to provide improved service delivery to Virginia's schoolchildren. 


Innovative Use of Technology in Higher Education: Recognizes the innovative use of IT to support the unique missions of Virginia's colleges and universities. 


Visit for full descriptions of awards and to make a nomination.  All entries must be received via the online submission form by August 23, 2011. Hard copies of materials are not accepted.


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Accelerate Virginia Project - Take an Active Role and Become Part of History


The eCorridors program at Virginia Tech is launching a statewide effort to engage and educate the public and raise awareness about broadband availability in Virginia. In the coming months, eCorridors will be conducting targeted campaigns to collect consumer Internet service details by leveraging information volunteered from end users through this enhanced version of the eCorridors speed test application and a new web portal called Accelerate Virginia.


As a partner in the Virginia broadband mapping initiative, eCorridors is responsible for collecting end-user Internet connectivity information, like connection speeds, quality of service, costs, etc. Given sufficient sample size, end-user information collected by Accelerate Virginia will be used to expand on provider data collected by the state to inform the main Virginia broadband map.


In addition, eCorridors will be producing value added alternative mapping and informational products such as, end-user generated maps and report generation tools. eCorridors will continue to periodically, and upon request, perform analyses of data collected from the Accelerate Virginia speed test application. As a research tool, Accelerate Virginia will be used to assess availability, affordability, and quality of Internet services across the state. These factors will be used to produce a number of analyses aimed at understanding broadband trends and issues.


To learn more about how you can take an active role in the Accelerate Virginia project and participate in the local broadband speed test click here.  Once you have completed the speed test, you can view your results, as well as a summary of what others in your community are reporting.


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Welcome Back Level III Member: ComSonics


We appreciate ComSonics strong support of the SVTC through their Level III membership.  Thank you ComSonics!


ComSonics is an electronic telecommunications firm headquartered locally in Harrisonburg, Virginia. The company was incorporated in 1972 and today is 100% owned by its 235 employees through an ESOP.


ComSonics is involved in three distinct business units - Repair Services, Manufactured Products, and Electronic Manufacturing Services. As a leader in high quality CATV repair services and the largest provider in the United States, ComSonics presently offers nationwide coverage from three strategically located facilities in Harrisonburg, VA; Indianapolis, IN; and Sacramento, CA, and services Distribution, Headend, Test, Power Supply and Fiber Optic equipment. The company also has a related Mobile Calibration business that provides on-site calibration labs at the customer's location for checking performance on all types of test instruments. In addition to offering CATV repair services, ComSonics began manufacturing CATV Test & Measurement instruments in 1975. ComSonics first major product, the Sniffer, has since been followed by a full line of RF detection products and today is the de facto standard for leakage detection in the industry.


After many successful years of manufacturing their own products, ComSonics began offering its manufacturing services to other organizations by diversifying into contract manufacturing. In 2001, a new wholly owned subsidiary of ComSonics became incorporated as CEMSI - ComSonics Electronic Manufacturing Services Incorporated. CEMSI later relocated to a new state of the art facility in Weyers Cave, Virginia in December of 2003.


For more information visit or call (540) 434-5965.


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Welcome Back Member: Lefever Associates


Our thanks to Lefever Associates for their membership renewal.  A special thank you goes to Allon Lefever for his service on the SVTC Board of Directors.  Thanks Allon!


Lefever Associates is a consulting firm with a few dozen active clients, specializing in strategic planning, entrepreneurial start-up coaching, merger and acquisition guidance, financing assistance, Board development, and direct Board service. 


Allon Lefever, the primary principal, has an MA in Economics from Penn State University, and has been a senior executive in a number of companies, ranging from agriculture to the internet. He also directed the MBA Program at EMU for 5 years.  Allon and his son raised $215,000,000 in an extremely successful IPO for their Internet company in 1999, and Allon later served as the VP of Acquisitions and Mergers for Earthlink. He has over 30 years of senior management experience, has served on over 45 Boards, for both profit and non-for-profit organizations. He has been directly in involved in the start-up of 24 businesses, including taking 6 companies public (IPO's). He is an active entrepreneur, which makes him a very practical consultant. 


Allon brings his management know-how and his contacts from his career involvement in raising over $4 Billion dollars in capital for numerous companies, (including contacts on Wall Street and SEC firms in Washington), to his clients for their benefit as part of his consulting.  Lefever Associates also has arrangements/alliances with 8 other specialists ranging from Human Resources to Hospitality to International work, which are utilized as specialized expertise as required. All inquiries and work are kept strictly confidential, given the sensitive nature of Board and acquisition consulting.


Call Allon at (540) 421-6888 for a free no obligation confidential introductory meeting.


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Welcome Back Member: Premier Technical Services Corp.


Our thanks to Premier Technical Services for their membership renewal.  A special thank you goes to Mike Lam for his continued service on the SVTC Board of Directors.  Thanks Mike!


Premier Technical Services provides a distinctive array of services and products supporting both short and long term information technology initiatives. We have earned an excellent reputation by serving a diverse customer base that includes Federal, State and Local Governments, commercial enterprises, trade associations and nonprofit groups.


Premier provides a customer-centric workforce and proven business & staffing solutions for our customers meeting and/or exceeding their current and future business requirements. Premier' Engineering Team supports Windows, Unix, Linux, HP-UX, Solaris and AIX platforms. Services include the support of legacy systems, client server environments, storage sub-systems, and web development . Premier can offer a wide range of Disaster Recovery Planning and Business Continuity reviews and plans.


Premier Technical Services was incorporated in the Commonwealth of Virginia on July 21, 1989. Premier is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business and a HUBZone Certified Small Business Concern located in Luray Virginia. 


For more information visit or call (540) 743-5700.


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Welcome New Member: Truck Enterprises


Please join us in extending a warm welcome to our new member Truck Enterprises.


Truck Enterprises, Inc., was founded in 1961 and has grown to eight locations serving truck owners throughout the mid Atlantic states.


For more information visit or call (540) 564-6900 ext 1226.


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Bits & Grits

Tuesday, September 20, 2011, 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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Job Posting: Enterprise IT Consultant, E-N Computers

As an Enterprise Consultant you'll be one of our most capable experts, working with clients to solve their business challenges through the use of technology across the entire organization. Technology used in solutions includes server operating systems, virtualization platforms, wide area networking, centrally managed security tools, and disaster recovery tools. Enterprise Consultant's deliver reporting to client managers or executives, present business cases, develop solutions in coordination, and provide direct client relationship management.

Preferred Education:  Associates degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, Business Technology, related field of study or equivalent work experience


Required Technical Skills: 

  • Virtualized Server Cluster, VMWare Server groups with attached SAN
  • Expert server support skills and understanding of Windows 2003 and 2008, Active Directory, and DNS
  • Advanced knowledge of Exchange, SQL and other Microsoft core network systems
  • Networking, Internet connection issues, as well as the ability to configure and secure Cisco network devices such as routers, access points, and managed switches with VLANs
  • Cisco based Wide Area Network and VPN design, configuration and connectivity troubleshooting
  • Centrally managed security software such as filtering firewalls, antivirus, antispam, antispyware and other security related technologies
  • Backup systems


For more information and details click here for the job posting.


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Job Posting: Immerge Technologies, PHP Web Developer


Immerge Technologies, the Web division of McClung Printing, is looking for a PHP developer to work in our Harrisonburg office. We are looking for people who are interested in developing their career with us, as we grow. We are open to contract to employment or possible direct employment, depending on the candidate and their needs as well.

Successful candidates should enjoy working in a well-managed, highly communicative small team environment; have the enthusiasm and ambition to complete projects to the highest standard and want to be part of an organization that has high quality values.

This position will involve work with our project manager and our lead developer. This developer should be able to complete projects independently and feel confident that he/she can ask for team support. The project manager will handle client relations so that this developer can have nearly 100% programming time.


Skills Required

3-5 years minimum PHP & MySQL experience, strong XHTML/CSS skills, basic Photoshop skill a plus, knowledge of ExpressionEngine a plus but training may occur on the job if the candidate fits well with team model and culture as well. E-commerce experience is also a major.


How To Submit

Please send resume and any cover letter (to include what kind of job types you are open to - contractor, part time employee, full time employee) and more about your career goals to  




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Job Posting: Virginia Panel Corporation, Marketing Manager (Waynesboro)


The ideal candidate will have:  

  • A bachelor's degree in marketing, business, or engineering
  • An upbeat personality & enjoys working with others in a team environment
  • Project management, & highly competent writing & analytic skills
  • Well versed skills in technology, including knowledge of word processing programs, internet, & customer/sales database tracking programs

Background Preferences:   

  • Technical or Engineering background preferred
  • Masters or MBA a plus
  • 2 years experience in technical sales and familiarity with diverse sales channels (i.e.:  distributors, representatives, value added remarketers, and internet sales) preferred

Key Areas of Focus:

  • Strategic Marketing 
  • Marketing Communications 
  • Marketing Operations 
  • Internet Marketing 

For full description and to apply visit VPC's Career Page.



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Job Posting: Virginia Panel Corporation, Manufacturing Process Engineer (Waynesboro)


Virginia Panel Corporation is seeking a Manufacturing Process Engineer to work closely with our production teams to streamline and improve the manufacturing process.


Position Requirements:  

  • Bachelor's degree in engineering preferred and/or 10 years related experience in automated assembly.
  • Knowledge of ISO, Lean Manufacturing, and 8D problem solving desirable.
  • Strong documentation and technical writing skills
  • Proficiency w/ CAD & MS Office tools
  • Electro-mechanical experience a plus

Position Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the development of routings and manufacturing instructions using manufacturing engineering practices.
  • Participate in concurrent engineering with product development staff concerning product design and tooling to ensure efficient production methods.
  • Confer with PDT staff to determine product specifications and arrange for purchase of tooling, equipment, materials, and development of procedures.
  • Ensure ISO standards are met through reviewing/updating/revising Quality Manuals, MI's and equipment instructions in assigned area.
  • Proactively implement quality improvements and ensure ISO standards are met.
  • Improve teams' performance through the utilization of Lean Manufacturing Principles.
  • Ownership of all facets of the manufacturing process and quality assurance including routings, manufacturing instructions, drawings, and other process documents.
  • Develop, evaluate, and improve manufacturing methods with a focus on automation.
  • Evaluate and solve production problems.


For full description and to apply visit VPC's Career Page.



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Job Posting: Lantz Construction Company, Marketing Coordinator

Lantz Construction Company has an opening for a Marketing Coordinator to provide support to the business development and sales efforts.
(The description for this position is extensive ... for a full listing of job functions for this position please visit the
SVTC Job Openings Page)


Educational Requirements:

  • Any combination of education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing or related field.
  • Three - five years' previous experience in related position preferred. 
  • Knowledge of marketing procedures and practices, including social media (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn).
  • Strong creativity and research capabilities.
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written).
  • Excellent organizational skills. 
  • Ability to operate general office equipment including computers (including some HTML coding), fax machines, printers, photocopiers, etc.
  • Ability to use Microsoft office (Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Word, and Outlook), Adobe Acrobat, Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.
  • Ability to use internet.
  • Ability to read and comprehend instructions. 
  • Ability to present information in one-on-one, small, and large group settings to customers, clients, and coworkers. 
  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure. 

Click here to complete Lantz Constructions online application 


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