SVTC Banner

The Shenandoah Valley Connectiontop   

December 2, 2011 - click headlines for quick navigation 


FIRST Lego League's Virginia State Competition is in Harrisonburg This Weekend

2012 Pre-Session Legislative Breakfast: Tuesday, December 13, 2011

SVTC Luncheon: Programs for Workforce Education Training, December 15, 2011

SVTC Bits & Grits: Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Google+ for Business Workshop: December 5 or December 7, 2011

Welcome Member: CavitroniX

News Conference Follow-up on Virginia Broad Band Study

Member News: Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver Attorneys Among Virginia's Legal Elite

Member News: NASDAQ Officially Welcomed Lumos Networks to the Market


FIRST Lego League's (FLL) State Competition is in Harrisonburg This Weekend: December 3rd & 4th

The Virginia / DC FLL robotics state competition is about to kick off in Harrisonburg! Teams are arriving tonight and early Saturday morning. Ninetysix (96) teams of excited 9 to 14-year-olds and their coaches and mentors (and often also their parents and siblings) are ready to roll for the weekend.  There will be approximately 2,000 folks associated with the competition.  The goal of the competition is to see which team in Virginia was able to program their Lego robot and computer best to navigate this year's challenge called FOOD FACTOR. (Ultimately, of course, these kinds of efforts lead to getting kids excited about science and technology, math and engineering ... and they sure do get excited!)  It's a wonderful, upbeat event, and we hope you can stop by.


It's FREE: join us on Saturday (JMU's Memorial Hall, S. High Street) and/or Sunday at Harrisonburg High School (Garbers Church Road);  9:00am-3:00pm. More details for visitors is on this  page for teams (eg location details):  


The Washington Post wrote an article this week about one of the teams that will come to compete, the Brainy Bunch. Washington Post Article on The Brainy Bunch


So... grab your kids and come on over. Prepare to be super excited. 


Unsure what FLL is? VA/DC FLL brochure (pdf) and ABOUT VA/DC FLL (html)


Back to top


2012 Pre-Session Legislative Breakfast

December 13, 2011, 7:30-9:00am

Festival Conference & Student Center, JMU

Presented by the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce, JMU's Research and Public Service, and the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council.

Don't miss this opportunity to find out what the 2012 General Assembly will be discussing.  How do our legislators plan to improve our businesses' economic competitiveness, and ensure the quality of life we have come to expect? Get the insights and early prognostications at the premier Pre-Session Legislative Breakfast in the Shenandoah Valley.

The following legislators have been invited to attend:

  • Senator Mark Obenshain
  • Senator Emmett Hanger
  • Delegate Steve Landes
  • Delegate Tony Wilt
  • Delegate Rob Bell
  • Delegate Todd Gilbert

FREE (including breakfast); however registration is required by December 8, 2011.



SVTC Luncheon: Programs for Workforce Education Training,  Thursday, December 15, 2011, 11:45am-1:15pm

The Wood Grill Buffet, Harrisonburg 

(Networking begins at 11:45am)


Speaker: Debbie Melvin, Project Manager, Virginia Jobs Investment Program  


Are you aware that there are resources available to employers to offset the cost of your recruiting and training activities?  Join us on December 15 to hear from Debbie Melvin with the Virginia Jobs Investment Program at the Virginia Department of Business Assistance for an overview of the multiple programs available to Valley employers to offset your workforce development costs.  The programs are easy to use, popular among Valley employers, and can return up to 50% of your expenses to you!


Lunch is Dutch treat.  Membership not required.


Register Here for SVTC's December 15th Luncheon 

Back to top


Bits & Grits

Tuesday, December 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.


Back to top


Google+ for Business Workshop

Monday, December 5, 2011, 9:00-10:30am, or

Wednesday, December 7, 2011, 1:00-2:30pm

National College, 1515 Country Club Road, Harrisonburg

Google has just announced the availability of Google+ to businesses.  This is a BIG deal!  Attend this workshop to consider how the features of this powerful new platform can help your business, and how they compare to those recently made available through Facebook.

Google+ may be better suited for a small business than Facebook. Its Circles Concept, Group Interaction, and Broadcast represent intriguing possibilities.


This Workshop will examine the features of Google+ and compare and contrast it with the new features of Facebook just introduced in response to Google's announcement.

Be among the first to consider using Google+ for your business needs.




Welcome Member: CavitroniX


Please join us in extending a warm welcome to CavitroniX.


CavitroniX has developed and is manufacturing and marketing a breakthrough industrial product that both reduces the fuel consumption of fuel oil boilers and furnances by 5% to 15% but also significantly reduces pollution. It reduces NOx by up to 30% and particulates (soot) by up to 90%. Our technology can be applied in a wide variety of applications, including commercial and industrial heating and processing plants, diesel powered boats and diesel generators.


For more information visit or call (240) 441-1579.



News Conference Follow-up on Virginia Broad Band Study


On November 11, the Thomas Jefferson Institute hosted a tele-press conference to release a new study called, "Connecting Virginia: The economic benefits to expanding advanced broadband internet access." 

The author of this study joined us in the press conference as did Virginia's leading independent economic analyst, Dr. Christine Chmura of Chmura Economics and Analytics.  Here is a summary of the new study, the background on the author and Dr. Chmura and the link to the new study.

Summary of the New Study:  "Connecting Virginia"

High quality, high-speed broadband internet is key part of our nation's infrastructure. Like any infrastructure it enables economic activity, helps create jobs, and boosts innovation. Upgrading Virginia's mobile broadband infrastructure alone would create thousands of jobs over the next five years. High-speed internet is especially crucial for the economic development of rural America, precisely because it lowers costs and expands market opportunities for rural-based small businesses and leverages the affordability of rural locals to enable "on-shoring" business strategies. High-speed internet access connects schools across America and across the globe, enabling schools to go digital and embrace e-learning. Broadband enabled telemedicine allows scarce healthcare professionals to simultaneously lower costs and better serve their patients. Smart technologies that rely on high-quality broadband are increasingly saving consumer's time, protecting the environment, and conserving energy. 


Smart policies that foster competition, open bandwidth, and leverage public-private partnerships could facilitate the expansion of high quality broadband throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia and boost its economy. For instance, a task force with public and private stakeholders could evaluate the current state of broadband deployment and identify beneficial policy changes. Targeted incentives and leveraging federal funds to encourage private investment in broadband infrastructure in underserved areas of Virginia would yield positive returns.

To read the full study click here


Member News: Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver Attorneys Among Virginia's Legal Elite

Virginia Business magazine has named 16 Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver attorneys among "The Legal Elite:  Virginia's Most Effective Lawyers" for 2011.  The Legal Elite list, which began in 2000, recognizes approximately 800 attorneys in 16 different categories.

Selected by their peers and honored by Virginia Business magazine as this year's Legal Elite in the following categories are: 

Jeffrey R. Adams - Business Law 
Daniel L. Fitch - Intellectual Property      
Humes J. Franklin, III - Criminal Law
C. Frank Hilton - Civil Litigation 
Glenn M. Hodge - Health Law    
Whitney Jackson Levin - Real Estate/Land Use            
James L. Johnson - Legal Services/Pro Bono     
Robert C. Lunger - Family/Domestic Relations  
Stephan W. Milo - Bankruptcy
George H. Roberts, Jr. - Busines Law          
Marshall H. Ross - Civil Litigation                    
Donald E. Showalter Taxes/Estates/Trusts/Elder Law
Gregory T. St. Ours - Construction              
Thomas E. Ullrich - Labor/Employment          
Travis W. Vance - Young Lawyer                                 
P. Marshall Yoder -Alternative Dispute Resolution


Member News: NASDAQ Officially Welcomed Lumos Networks to the Market 


[November 21, 2011] Times Square, NYC- NASDAQ, one of the world's premier stock exchanges, officially welcomed Lumos Networks to the market last week. As is customary with the introduction of all new members to the exchange, NASDAQ displayed a welcome message and the Lumos Networks logo on the iconic MarketSite Tower in the heart of Times Square while photographers captured the moment.


Mike Moneymaker, President, Frank Berry, Chief Operating Officer, and James Nester, Director of Public Affairs, attended the event. They were joined by Erin Bernbach, Regional Vice President and Michael Rohner, Director, Global Corporate Client Group, NASDAQ OMX Group.

Following the photos outside, Mike Moneymaker recorded a one-minute message for Lumos Networks customers, shareholders and employees in the MarketSite Broadcast Studio. The MarketSite Broadcast Studio is home to a host of networks including CNBC, Bloomberg TV, Reuters, NDTV Profit, CNBD India, Business Week TV and other financial networks around the world. 


"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 

  Small Business Development



 * * * * * 


"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.


>> Ready to become a member, too?  

Benefits & Prices


>> How have you benefited from participating in our activities and / or from membership? Tell us  ....   





Level III Members Please click on logo to visit our Level III members


 BlueKey Logo July 2010 



Alliance technology logo


 Alliance technology logo


Alliance technology logo 


Alliance technology logo


 LeClair logo

Lumos Logo


National College logo



 PBGH logo

JMU RPS logo 


Rockingham Group May 2010 Logo 




Serco logo 


WAW Logo 


View our profile on LinkedIn



Follow us on Twitter


Find us on Facebook


Level 3 logos


Join Our Mailing List!



Contact Us
800 S. Main Street MSC 4901
Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807