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July 17, 2015
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Be an Active SVTC Member! Help choose our programs for 2015-2016
For new FLL teams in the Shen Valley: Sponsorship Application has been posted
CIT Releases Whitepaper for Broadband Expansion in Virginia
2015 Valley Business Keynote (July 22)
(SVTC Members eligible for discounted tickets!) 2015 ASQ Conference (9/18-20)
SVTC's July Bits and Grits (July 20)
Job Opening: GIS Coordinator - Information Technology - City of Staunton
Job Opening: Computer Technician - Highland Telephone Cooperative
Job Opening - Programmer Analyst - BEAM BROS. Trucking Inc.
Improving the Problem Solution Generation Process. October 14
Time is running out: Nomination season for Gov.'s Tech Awards ends 7/24
Be an Active Member or Reader: Help choose our programs for 2015-2016
Suggest topics for events and luncheons or better yet, join the events and programming committee!


Take a quick minute and tell us about topics, speakers, locations you want to hear about or visit Sept 2015 - June 2016. What tech topic is on your mind? What makes a techie's heart skip a beat? Is there an organization, program, team, or business location you'd like to hear from or visit? What about social events -- would you make room on your calendar?

(We are a not-for-profit so we look for speakers from the Valley w/out travel or other expenses)

Previously held luncheons and the files the presenters used:

Summary of ALL the luncheons we've held (2005-2015):


The Events and Programming committee will meet in the next few weeks -- please join in! Connect with others who are active in the tech council. More info: SVTC committees. Send Nicky an email: for more information and to join.


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The SVTC's FIRST Lego League (FLL) team sponsorship application has been posted (--> reimbursement for half of the start-up cost of a new team)

As you probably know, we care about STEM activities and projects that lead to STEM-field careers -- and for that reason we will again support three new Shen. Valley FIRST 
Lego League (FLL) teams with a sponsorship that reimburses approx. half of their start-up cost. Last year, one of them fared so well at the regional, and then the state competition, that they went on to compete at the world festival in St. Louis in April. We are very proud of these guys and their coaches and mentors. (They are the Brick Dawgs



FIRST Lego League (FLL) was created through a partnership between FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and the LEGO company, and inspires future scientists and engineers.

FLL Introduces younger students to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. FLL teams, guided by their imaginations and adult coaches, discover exciting career possibilities and, through the process, learn to make positive contributions to society.


Elementary and middle-school students get to:

  •   Design, build, test and program robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS┬« technology
  •   Apply real-world math and science concepts
  •   Research challenges facing today's scientists
  •   Learn critical thinking, team-building and presentation skills 
  •   Participate in tournaments and celebrations

Considering starting a team? Technical or technology experience or background NOT REQUIRED! (And team members can come from any setting, not just school-based.)


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CIT Releases Whitepaper for Broadband Expansion in Virginia
Guide gives communities roadmap to developing broadband strategies, deployment


July 9, 2015 (HERNDON, Va.) - The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) released today the whitepaper, "Improving Broadband Access and Utilization in Virginia: Recommendations for Locality-led Broadband Initiatives in Virginia." The document compiles data and knowledge gained using funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2010 to help communities accelerate broadband deployment. 


Sandie Terry, CIT Vice President of Broadband Programs, said, "This paper consolidates the knowledge and experience of our team over the past several years and provides localities with action items for moving forward with local initiatives. Additionally, this paper provides information to guide local boards and councils in setting their broadband priorities and agreeing on what role they want to play in expanding access and improving utilization for their communities."


The whitepaper covers the necessity of broadband for economic development and educational opportunities, the different technologies used in broadband, and partnership, funding and planning recommendations.  It also includes an appendix with community models that can be incorporated by other localities.


In conjunction with the release of the whitepaper, CIT has partnered with Virginia Tech's Center for Geospatial Information Technology to create the Broadband Demand Survey. The web-based survey is designed to capture high-speed and gigabit (Gb) internet service demand across the Commonwealth of Virginia. The results will be used by the State to prioritize resources and to facilitate broadband expansion in underserved areas.  Capturing unmet demand is one of the steps in CIT's strategic broadband roadmap.


Pete Jobse, CIT President & CEO, said, "The deployment of broadband is crucial as we build the foundation for the new Virginia economy. We published this paper as a guide to help localities develop strategies to advance their broadband needs."


For the whitepaper, and accompanying infographic, go to:


For a direct link to the full report, click here.


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2015 Valley Business Keynote
July 22 3-5pm, JMU Festival Ballroom, Harrisonburg, VA
Generational Experts: Helping People Understand One Another


Registration @ 2:30 | Program @ 3:00 | Reception to follow (Hors D'oeuvres and Cash Bar)

Valley Business Keynote is a gathering of local leaders around an engaging idea for one dynamic presentation. We believe that with the right speakers, this forum can add real value to business leaders and community members in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. Of paramount interest is the speaker's ability to help business leaders discover ways to fulfill the vast potential of the Shenandoah Valley, and take advantage of its attractive assets.

July 22, 2015 - 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM 

About Bridgeworks

Generational Experts: Helping People Understand One Another
There's one phrase that defines every member of our team: Generational Junkies. And we don't toss that phrase around lightly. Every BridgeWorks employee is a research hound and generational expert in his/her own right. We eat, breathe, and live generations. Seriously. Our friends beg us to stop talking about it during happy hour.

Register for Valley Business Keynote 2015


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2015 ASQ Innovation Conference
(SVTC Members eligible for discounted tickets!)
September 18-20, Charlottesville, VA


Due to our sponsorship of this ASQ event we are able to extend an opportunity to 10 SVTC members to receive discounted conference tickets! We're collecting the info for those interested, and will pass them on to the ASQ folks. Reservations close August 31!

Conference details: Innovation is Quality for Tomorrow (pdf)

Innovation is today where quality management was 25 years ago. It is often confined to a small group of people in your organization- these great ideas and useful approaches are not always well publicized and do not always engage all of your people. Innovation can also mean different things to different people. To be successful, innovation- like quality-needs to engage everyone. To consolidate the Innovation Body of Knowledge, the ASQ Innovation Division is tapping a wide range of innovation thought leaders and practice leaders to find what works well, how success has been generated, and how successful approaches can be employed more widely. Not every method will work well for everybody, but there will be tools and techniques that you can use in your own work environment.

Featuring an Exciting Slate of Speakers Who's Range of Innovation Topics Includes:  

  • Culture 
  • Managing Innovation
  • Process
  • Quality to Innovation Pathway
  • Stats and Innovation
  • Innovation in an Established Organization


September 18-20, 2015
Holiday Inn University Area and Conference Center | 1901 Emmet Street | Charlottesville, VA 22901

SVTC Members Only: The first 10 SVTC members to fill out the form will receive $50 off their conference ticket.


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SVTC's Bits and Grits
July 20, 8-9am; Mrs. Rowes, Staunton, VA


Come get together for great breakfast and to talk some tech. Dutch treat. No reservations required. 


This is where our technology users and creators get together to connect about various topics (while eating some good food!). This occurs on the 3rd Tuesday of every month. Look for Kurt Plowman. No reservations required.


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Job Opening: 

GIS Coordinator; IT; City of Staunton

News from our member:
Do you like a fast-paced environment, juggling multiple projects and making things happen?  The City of Staunton is seeking applicants for GIS Coordinator.  The selected candidate will join a dynamic team and be responsible for the coordination, development, implementation, operation, and maintenance of the City's GIS; establishing and coordinating GIS databases; collaborating with departments, vendors and management on GIS needs, requirements and issues; and serving as an information source for the user community, relaying information based on analysis of data and applications systems coding.  Applicants should possess the ability to analyze, troubleshoot and resolve complex problems, work well in a team environment, utilize strong customer service skills, and communicate effectively. 


A Bachelor's degree in an appropriate discipline or equivalent amount of experience is required.  Experience with related technology, including ESRI ArcGIS Desktop, Server ArcSDE & SQL Server is preferred

Hiring range is $41,055-$49,000 DOQ/E (+) excellent benefits package, including health insurance and retirement.

Candidates may apply online at  Position is open until filled with first review of applications occurring on July 27, 2015.  EOE.


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Job Opening: 

Computer Technician; Highland Telephone Cooperative


Highland Telephone Cooperative (HTC)  is looking for a qualified computer technician looking for work, including someone willing to relocate to Highland County. They are looking for someone who has at least 3 years of working experience plus either an associate's degree or technical certificate in computer technology/repairs/etc. An ad for the job opening will appear in The Recorder (Local newspaper for Highland and Bath County)

Call Ruth Newman if you are interested in this position: 540-468-2131


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Job Opening: 

Programmer Analyst, BEAM BROS. Trucking Inc. 

BEAM  BROS. Trucking Inc. is seeking an experienced Programmer Analyst. The successful candidate will be able to design, develop, and evaluate programs for internal functional areas at our headquarters in Mt. Crawford, VA. BA degree in related field or equivalent experience in Computer Science or Engineering required. Must be detail-oriented and work well independently. SQL, data analysis, and reporting experience is required.  Competitive pay and benefits.

To be considered as a potential applicant you must complete an application available at  Instructions are posted on our website.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status or status as an individual with disability.

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Member News: Alex Philips, High Speed Link, featured in Fierce Installer


Wireless Internet service providers (WISPs) are quietly deploying broadband around the country, often in rural areas overlooked by larger players like Google, cable companies and major telcos.

According to the Wireless Internet Service Provider Association (WISPA), there are roughly 3 million WISPs in the U.S. Most use unlicensed spectrum and tend to excel in rural areas, where running fiber and coaxial cable makes little sense economically.

Read full article at


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Upcoming SBIR/STTR Events


WEBINARS on July 21, 28, and Aug. 14, 18

CIT is pleased to announce a 5 part NIH SBIR/STTR Webinar series to help those who

are planning a submission to NIH for Sept. 7 (2015) or January 5 (2016) omnibus 

solicitations.  Low cost for each session, and discounts if registered for all five.

All sessions to be recorded in case you register after the series starts.


July 21 - Writing Research Strategy and Demonstrating Impact

The Research Strategy explains the Significance of the problem or critical barrier

your project addresses its technological Innovation (how does it move the field 

forward?) and the Approach you will take to prove its feasibility. This session 

will delve into these areas and making sure your project has IMPACT.


July 28 - Developing Your Commercialization Strategy

To be eligible for SBIR/STTR funding your state-of-the-art of technology must have

commercial potential.  Applicants must know their market size, characteristics, 

customers and competitors and how their innovation will address an unmet market 

need. This session deals with how to approach these topics and what information 

you'll need to determine financial projections and the impact of your product.


August 14 - Tips on Preparing the Biosketches and Facilities Sections

This session will help you identify who comprises your key personnel, what to include

in a personal statement, who needs to provide letters of support and what the letters

should include, and more. In addition, we will review key aspects of the Facilities

and Resources section (not just a cut and paste list!).


August 18 - Formidable Forms, Pushing the Button and Tracking Your Submission

This webinar provides important information about identifying and completing the

required forms for an SBIR/STTR submission to the National Institutes of Health

as well as how to navigate the electronic submission process.  You will learn how

to avoid common mistakes and make corrections, formatting pointers, and how to track

your submission.


All sessions presented by BBC ETC.


Questions, contact or 703-689-3080.

Cost:  $15 for Virginia firms for each session. $50 for all five.  Higher for all others.




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Improving the Problem Solution Generation Process
October 14 2015, 8:00 pm - 4:30 pm | Plecker Center at Blue Ridge Community College


Organizations and individuals are always trying to solve analytical and/or creative problems. Far too often, the process of brainstorming is relied on as the primary method to help identify potential solutions. However, there are more powerful options available that are more rigorous and typically generate a greater number of possibilities that are likely to be more potent and reliable.

This 1-day workshop will present several additional options that can provide triggers to improve the solution generation process by thinking about a system from different perspectives.

About the Workshop Leader: Duke Okes has worked in the quality profession for more than 35 years, first as a quality engineer with TRW Automotive, and since 1985 as an independent consultant, trainer, speaker and author. He is an ASQ Fellow, is ASQ CMQ/OE, CQE and CQA certified, and holds degrees in technology, business and education. He is the author of two books covering some of the core skills for process management, "Root Cause Analysis: The Core of Problem Solving and Corrective Action" and "Performance Metrics: The Levers for Process Management," as well as dozens of articles on these and other quality management topics.

When: Wednesday, October 14, 2015

8:00AM-8:30AM Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30AM-4:30PM Workshop (Lunch will be provided onsite)

Where: Plecker Center at Blue Ridge Community College, Weyers Cave, VA 

Cost: ASQ Members - $275
Early-Bird: ASQ Members - $225
Non-Members - $375 Non-Members - $350

Registration deadline: Early-Bird: Wednesday, September 2, 2015 (Midnight) Final: Friday, October 9, 2015 (Noon)

Cancellation Policy: Cancel on or before Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - get a full refund. Cancel on or before Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - get a 50% refund. Cancel after Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - No refunds; however, substitutions are permitted.



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Time is running out: Nomination season for the 2015 Governor's Technology Awards ends 7/24


Nomination season is open for the 2015 Governor's Technology Awards, hosted by the Commonwealth of Virginia Innovative Technology Symposium (COVITS).  The purpose of the awards program is to recognize outstanding public sector technology projects, and nominations are due by July 24th. All nominations must be submitted by a Virginia public body. 
Our region has had past success in this program, with JMU winning awards in 2008 and 2013, and the SVP winning an award in 2013.  This event provides great visibility for award winners and nominees, culminating in a reception and awards ceremony in Richmond on September 9th, which typically attracts 200+ state, local, and private sector technology leaders. Detailed information on how to submit can be found on the following webpage:


There are nine categories this year, and organizations can submit nominations in multiple award categories, but only one submission per category.  In order to track the one nomination per category limit.

Register to attend via:


The 2015 Governor's Technology Awards categories are:

  • Cross-boundary collaboration on IT service delivery initiatives: Recognizes the innovative use of IT to share data easily across boundaries, create knowledge-sharing culture, support common business processes or promote innovative partnership programs. Nominations should be submitted jointly by at least two government entities.
  • IT as efficiency driver - government to citizen: Recognizes the innovative use of IT to improve citizen access to and service from governmental entities. Included are projects which improve citizens' electronic interaction with government, promote availability, usability and/or transparency of information and increase public awareness and adoption of services.
  • IT as efficiency driver - government to business: Recognizes the innovative use of IT to promote efficiency by improving business access to and service from governmental entities. Included are projects to improve business' electronic interaction with government, promote availability, usability and/or transparency of information and increase business awareness and adoption of available services.
  • IT as efficiency driver - government to government: Recognizes the innovative use of IT to promote efficiency in government. This category promotes projects that enable organizations to do more with less. Results realized may include a dollar return on investment, realignment of staff time and/or newly transparent processes/information.
  • Innovative use of technology in local government: Recognizes the innovative use of IT to solve a business problem at the local level. This category is open to any local government entity, including social services, first responders and GIS practitioners.
  • Innovative use of technology in education: Recognizes the innovative use of IT to support the unique missions of Virginia's schools, colleges and universities. Cooperative projects between educational institutions and other governmental entities, including research and development programs, fall into this category.
  • Innovative use of big data and analytics: Recognizes the innovative use of technology in collecting, storing, retrieving and analyzing a variety of structured and unstructured data sources.
  • Innovative use of open data: Recognizes the innovative use of technology and transparency in making data available to citizens, businesses or other government entities. Preference will be given to those projects that encourage and facilitate creative and low-cost utilization of information to expand and enhance citizen services and engagement.
  • Best citizen portal: Recognizes the innovative use of an online portal that demonstrates innovation, functionality, attractiveness, efficiency and ease of use. Open to any Virginia government organization, agency or jurisdiction that is citizen-facing. 

The judging criteria, eligibility requirements and directions for online submission of nominations are posted online at on the COVITS website at News and updates can be followed @COVITS, @kareninva and #TechinVA on Twitter.


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Highlighting Renewing Level I Member:
Shenandoah Valley Partnership


The Shenandoah Valley Partnership (SVP) is the one-stop economic development resource for businesses seeking expansion or location in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. The Partnership works with local and state governments as well as the business community to develop an economic climate for business success. The SVP supports and enhances economic development in the region by: developing and deploying a regional marketing program to support the recruitment of targeted industry growth; facilitating the retention and expansion of existing business and industry; and providing leadership and administrative support to make the Shenandoah Valley a model for workforce development.




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